February 4, 2013

National Homemade Soup Day

"Onion soup sustains. The process of making it is somewhat like the process of learning to love. It requires commitment, extraordinary effort, time, and will make you cry." - Ronni Lundy

It's National Homemade Soup Day!

Soup might be one of the most comforting foods there is. Whether it’s coming home to the inviting smell after being out in the cold, wet snow all day or having a steaming bowl brought to you when you’re feeling sick, soup has serious restorative properties.

And in my opinion, homemade soup in particular speaks of both love and culture. I have incredibly fond memories of both my grandmothers - my paternal, which was 100% French and my maternal, which was part Irish, Polish, German, Jewish by osmosis, New Yorker, and Southern Californian - making really delicious, really authentic-to-their-heritage soups. Whether it was a traditional split pea soup with ham hock, perfectly seasoned chicken noodle, or chunky beef stew - soup runs in my family's veins. And without really being taught, it's something that both my sister and I have always known how to create almost effortlessly. Some of my favorites to make include butternut squash (which I make with apple cider, cashew cream, and lots of crushed red pepper flakes) and potaje (pureed potatoes, carrots, and onions with a splash of cream). But today I made (and veganized) my sister's version of a cream of vegetable soup. There's a bite in the air, and nothing fuels the mind or body during the winter months quite like a rich, creamy, and hearty soup does!

Happy National Homemade Soup Day!