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What Makes You Consider Eating Soup When It's Hot

Panini Guy | Aug 1, 200706:52 PM     71

I'm feeling pangs... want to make some rich, dark, flavorful, fulfilling soup. I need it.

But it's 92F with 95% humidity here. And it's only getting worse daily.

I've got a batch of Andalusian-style Gazpacho and some spicy lentil chili in the freezer. And I can whip up a fruit soup or carrot-ginger in an instant. But neither would sate this desire.

It's the call of a long-simmering stockpot over a hot stove that's driving me insane. Even when I look at all the herbs growing in my backyard, I'm thinking how wonderful it would be to have those in January sprinkled on some fennel potato puree...

As I do the cooking for my wife's coffeehouse where I do soups from October-April (generally when the high temp <60F), I'm aware of the occasional request for a hot soup in the middle of summer. But that's maybe once a week at most. Certainly not enough to warrant making any for resale (fruit soups and gazpachos don't sell well here except on weekends for some odd reason).

Anyway, I was wondering, are any of y'all out there nuts enough to spend hours with a soup kettle in the middle of the dog days just to sate your soup jones? And what hot soup is it that you have to have in when the calendar turns to daily sticky sweat?

Chili doesn't count.

I'm currently torn between an African groundnut stew and a white bean with bacon cooked with a huge piece of parm-reg rind. What's your hot summer soup?

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