Are you off today? I know plenty of people who are celebrating the Presidential Inauguration and Martin Luther King Day, and some are also doing the Day of Service, but for me, it’s a regular ol’ Monday, with the added complications of no mail, no bank, etc.
I love to bake. The Knight is the COOK in our house, but I am also the soup fanatic. While I aspire to try and perfect more soups – I use that term to include stews, bisques and any other variety, okay? – in the meantime, I’ve found some truly remarkable pre-packaged products.
Campbell’s has moved uptown. Okay, only a few cousins… there’s still a strong, red and white canned presence on your grocer’s shelves. Meet Campbell’s Gourmet Bisques. I’m head over heels for the Thai Tomato Coconut. I mean… I think I could eat it every day, and that’s coming from a woman who only repeats water over and over and otherwise craves variety in her diet.
I promise you could pour four boxes of this into your fine china tureen and no one would ever guess you hadn’t made it yourself… unless your friends and family know you’re sneaky like that. My only complaint is that I don’t have any more of this in the pantry.
Oh – and don’t let the Thai part scare you; it’s not spicy. You get the Thai “feel”, but there’s nothing close to native Thai, burn a hole in your tongue spiciness in there. Heck, I’m thinking that in a pinch, the coconut milk in my pantry could meet the traditional red & white canned tomato soup and… it wouldn’t be the same, but it would be tasty, especially with a grilled cheese sammy.
Campbell’s Go is another not-Knight-friendly line of soups. (The man did eat rattlesnake stew in Sedona, but from his own kitchen, he wants incredibly boring, traditional foods.) However, I’ve also already tried the Moroccan Style Chicken with Chickpeas and whoa is it awesome! Unlike the flavorful but tame Thai Tomato Coconut Bisque, this soup bites back. It’s definitely a stand-alone, don’t need no stinkin’ partner on the plate soup. I’d say unless you know you have a low tolerance for spicy food, give it a try. It’s not extreme, but I’m not comfortable saying everyone will find it palatable.
I have at least one other variety of each soup type in my pantry. They’re great for nights the Knight is busy being the fire chief. And to be fair, the bisque – the whole box, not a single serving as described on said box – more than filled me up on its own too.
Are you a soup fan? Are you a soup maker? Feel free to share your favorites, including recipes!