Every few weeks I seem to get up on my soapbox here at the Nosh Pit (which is more likely to be a vegetable crate) and sell you on the merits of soup. I think by now I should be preaching to the choir – soup, soup soup – and all the more so if it’s a one-bowl, protein-veggies-carbs dinner.
Most recipes I create start with one thing: opening up my kitchen cupboards and staring listlessly inside. Then I turn to the fridge, and after contemplating various containers of leftovers, I regroup in my mind with what I want to make, what I have and what I need to buy.
Some things are just meant to be together. Hot chocolate and marshmallows. Macaroni and cheese. French fries and ketchup. And while I frequently break all of these food regulations, there is one I try to create as much as possible: peanut butter and chocolate.
I’m certainly not alone in my love for all things Reese’s-inspired. In fact, I brought a batch of these incredible brownies to the office when former staff writer Sharon Udasin left to move to Israel. She was always asking for this combination, and I was happy to oblige.
Piping-hot food is one of the things that keep me going until…April. And since the cold, icy days of winter seem to require double the energy to get through, it helps to eat something that’s hearty and filling as well. This recipe is interesting in that it straddles the line between what I think of as “girl food” and heavier, more substantial dishes.
A steaming bowl of soup is the ultimate cliché for a snowy day – but for good reason. Especially a soup like this – where the ingredients need nothing more than to be mixed together and spend some time over a flame to be transformed into an incredible dinner.
It evokes the oft-repeated catchphrase of the infomercials for the Showtime Rotisserie oven – “set it, and forget it!” I hope I’m not the only one able to recall “As Seen on TV products” from 10 years ago.