Soup Weather

 

When the temperature is in the negative digits and the snowfall is downright apocalyptic (we're looking at you, Boston), the only thing to do is stay home and make soup. It's a cliché for a reason: nobody's craving a smoothie this time of year. We want warm, comforting bowls of clam chowder or lentils, spicy chicken broth or bourbon-laced onion soup. Make these dishes now—it's going to be a while before those snowbanks melt.

 

Thomas Keller's Clam Chowder with Bacon

Lentil Soup with Chard and Lemon

Sopa Azteca (Tortilla Soup) from Rick Bayless

French Onion and Mushroom Soup with Bourbon and Swiss Cheese

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Recipes from the Best of the Best: Rick Bayless's Tortilla Soup



Rick Bayless, who won our Outstanding Chef Award in 1995, uses the earthy, smoldering heat of the pasilla chilies to build the foundation of flavor in his take on Mexican tortilla soup. First the dried pepper is blended with tomatoes and sautéed onions and garlic; the resulting purée goes in a hot pan, where it cooks down to a concentrated, sweet paste. After the addition of two quarts of chicken broth and a quick simmer, the soup is done, ready to be piled high with shredded cheese, chunky avocado, and tortilla shards for a filling meal. Get the recipe here.

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In spring of 2012, JBF will publish The James Beard Foundation

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