A January Haiku
Playing in the snow..
A frosty day in winter..
Mmmmm Good for lunch.
Who can forget the chubby little characters who made soups sound mmmmm good? We had a family of three until my brother was born in the 50's We shared one can of soup. The favorite at our house was Campbell's tomato soup.At that time, we ate it with a piece of bread torn up floating in the bowl. Later on, my kids loved this same soup....only with toasted croutons floating on top. I used to take a few slices of bread and cube them...toss them with real butter in the fry pan and toast them till browned. We had a neighbor who floated grilled cheese sandwiches in the soup and topped it all with a grating of Parmesan cheese. I watched Ina Garten make little toasted croutons with grilled cheese sandwiches and tossed them in some soup.....only hers was homemade tomato soup.
When we had an abundance of tomatoes...my Grandma would make homemade tomato soup. It was involved and she would stand there and push the tomatoes through a strainer and heat some milk...oh it was so much work and none of us liked it like our Campbell's. During the war...we added a can of water to the soup, but later on we added milk, whole milk. I can remember buying a case or two of the soup...I think it was less than 10 cents a can. A very affordable lunch.
Now days...I'm the only one here who likes tomato soup. Sometimes at night...we'll each fix our soup and sit in the living room and have a big mug of soup for a late night snack. I don't usually fix croutons just for me...but once in a while, I will splurge and fix them. Now we have many brands of tomato soup on the grocer's shelves and in a favorite restaurant a delicious basil tomato soup. I have tried to copy that soup to have at home, but I've never been able to make a soup like this restaurant's.After watching Christopher Kimball on Cook's Country just this Sat....he was sampling tomato soups. He said, "Did you know there are no tomatoes in Campbell's Tomato Soup." There is only tomato puree and lots of other ingredients...none of them healthy.He said to look for the soup with tomatoes on the label. Well, Chris, nothing you can say will change my mind...my favorite is still the old familiar Campbell's Tomato Soup.