I'm ready for football. That's all fall is good for. Football and hot soup in a Thermos or other insulated container.
|Another favorite part of fall: The trees|
The secret to this famous stew is keeping it simple. The broth is fortified with lots of inexpensive seafood, started with spicy garlic, mellow saffron, fruity olive oil, tangy tomatoes and flavored with orange peel, basil, and bay leaves are added to the soup for flavor.
Roasted Tomato Soup
The tomato crop had a poor showing in North Carolina in 2013. It was too rainy and not hot enough to produce the tangy, acidic tomatoes that we're used to having. A late bumper crop of tomatoes may still happen, but I don't think so. None of that means you can't make tomato soup. When you roast a tomato, it's best qualities are pronounced and magnified. Try this soup TONIGHT!
Miso Pumpkin Chili
Personally, I do not care for pumpkin. I stay away from Starbucks August through March so as to not get in the way of Pumpkin Spice lovers. I do, however, make this chili for all of my pumpkin-loving friends. Fresh or canned, the pumpkin in this chili takes a back seat to the salty, sweet, earthy, savory flavors of the miso paste. Garnish with shredded Parmesan cheese or sauteed kale and have a perfect, well-balanced meal!
Three Bean Chili
Some camps say chili shouldn't have beans. Others say it must. I don't care. As long as it's spicy, hot and delicious, I'll eat it! Beans are a great source of protein for non-meat eaters and since I cannot eat nuts, I fully support this. Many beans have enzymes called oligosaccharides and we humans can't digest these when we eat them. The digestion of oligosaccharide-filled legumes produces flatulence. Soaking beans beforehand, adding vinegar and any other wives' tale about how to prevent this is false. You can reduce the enzymes, but not eliminate them.
Characterized by its use of cocoa powder, cinnamon and small amounts of tomatoes, the Cincinnati Chili is a cultural phenomenon unto itself and is served a number of ways:
Two-way: Served over spaghetti
Three-way: Served over spaghetti and topped with cheese
Four-way: Served over spaghetti and topped with onions and cheese
Five-way: Served over spaghetti and topped with onions, beans, and cheese