Have you seen enough soup recipes yet?
You can’t pick up a magazine, or run across one recipe blog that doesn’t display some kind of soup or stew prominently on the front page, including this one.
I admit I’m souped out, but cream of mushroom soup is Mr. Mike’s all time favorite dish, so how could I turn him down?
After all, we have an agreement. If I make his favorite dish, he’ll swap for my chore of choice. I chose yard cleanup after our recent Seattle windstorm. Sounds like I got the better end of the bargain, doesn’t it?
When it comes to a meat free soup, you really can’t beat the addition of mushrooms. They have a dense woodsy texture and taste that makes them a terrific replacement for meat. I use mushrooms all the time in pizzas, pasta dishes, and casseroles when I want to please the meat eaters in the family without using meat.
After watching Mr. Mike rake leaves for several hours, I knew he’d be ready for a hearty lunch. That’s when I decided he deserved a surprise addition to his beloved soup.
Like many of us, Mike loves bacon, so I tossed bits in the mix along with sweet leeks. My soup was no longer meat free, but it was worth the smile on his face when he dipped his spoon into the bowl.
Of course, a football game and frosty beer didn’t hurt either.
Happy, healthy cooking!