When flipping through recipes I always stop a moment on Dayton's Chunky Tomato Soup, even if I know I'm not adding it to the week's menu. Just the title and I'm transported. There I am in the den of my childhood home. The home my grandfather purchased for his growing family in the early 60s. The home where my mother and aunts and uncles grew up. The Grey House, sitting catty-corner on its giant lot on a street that used to be the suburbs but increasingly edges more and more towards midtown.
Tonight I made this soup with Mom for the first time. We talked through her youth. We did math and recollected dates. I corrected the order of the time before they knew one another in my memory.
The path to young foodie-dom was not smooth. There were tears. There were disgusted faces and total upset. But I remained cool and collected and knew, I just knew, I'd figure the kid out.
There's this episode of Cheers where Woody is trying to win a bartender's contest by creating a new drink. Sam says something like, "you can't make a new drink - every combination has already been thought of." And he said this as I was prepping to make this Roasted Red Pepper Soup.
It was a night we loved. And a night we hope to share with others when the sun comes back this way.
I stumbled upon this recipe when searching for things to make for our first celebration of Samhain. I mixed several recommendations I found and like the results. It was rooty and spicy with a little bit of sweetness from the apples. It's perfect with some fresh croutons from some leftover bread and some crispy bacon… Continue reading Harvest Soup
I mean, don't pin all your hopes and dreams on this soup. But, maybe it will bring good things your way, too. At the very least, it will satisfy your every fall craving.