Well, this is fun! I finally brought up a topic that does not generate hate mail! I really appreciate all the replies, that's very sweet. I know the onion soup is beef broth, I don't care about that. It's yummy. Ah, on the hot & sour soup, that works for me, too. But when I am REALLY sick, it's all I can do to open a can, in a bathrobe. I do not feel like talking to wait staff, you know? What's this talk about commercial stock? Where do you get that? I have a chef friend, he makes stock every day, but are we talking about something I can just go out and buy, fresh? That sounds good. Uh, regarding the Chinese soup... In LA, I would probably head for Thai soup first. That stuff is really kick-ass. I like the hot & sour stuff that's sort of milky, I guess it's coconut milk, with just a little bit of chicken in there, and FYI... They like to throw in some bizarre hot spicy thing that looks like a chip of wood. DO NOT PUT THIS IN YOUR MOUTH. I don't know what it is, but you are NOT supposed to eat it. I make it 10 times hotter than a habanero. Speaking of which, I've been playing around with roasting chiles lately, mostly serranos, but also jalapenos and habaneros. Anybody got any cute ideas about formulating a soup around chiles? Hmm... I think some garlic, a pinch of cumin, a little fresh cilantro, with habanero (which I know is really hot, but it has a unique sort of fruity quality), and all that tossed into a tomato soup base might be good. Maybe some of those hot pickled Mexican carrots, too. And a little potato. Ah, and some zucchini. Now I'm getting complicated. Oops, gotta add some crumbled cojita queso on top. Ole!
Mexican penicillen (sp?). Well, I agree that soup is a great addition to the planet's culture. And it's kind of universal. Anywhere you go, you'll find a soup you'll enjoy, right?
As I said, this is a fun topic, and everyone wants to help with ideas about what's good when you are sick, I hope lots more folks post replies!
As for brands... I go along with those who like fixing up, improving, on the Campbell's products. They are affordable, and it's interesting to put your mind to work on new recipes. I used to think I liked Progresso, but I don't know about them anymore, I think even the minestrone is too chunky, or something. The lentil is good.
Regarding stocks... Anybody have opinions about the stuff in the boxes, as opposed to cans? Any real difference?
Thanks for the ideas, ya'll!
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