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Once upon a magical time, homemade seasonal soup was cooked to order and delivered weekly by bicycle to the hungry citizens of a small town in northern California. These lucky souls feasted on fresh, local produce and meats chopped by hand and simmered with spices and herbs in organic broth. The purveyors of this goodness…

Reddengray

Like the erstwhile Chico pub for which it’s named, this classic red bell pepper soup harks back to a simpler time. Fresh, crisp peppers are sauteed, simmered and pureed with garlic,  thyme and a pinch of cayenne, then finished with smooth cream. (Vegetarian) (makes approx. 2 quarts)  1 Tbsp butter 4 red bell peppers, chopped…

Sundance

What to do with a tomato bounty? One word: THIS. Grab some fresh basil and a couple of things from your pantry and this soup will be ready in a flash. Simple and summery! (Vegan) (makes approx. 1 ½ quarts) 4 tomatoes, peeled and seeded 1 quart tomato juice 12 fresh basil leaves 2 cups…

The Souperhero

Sally’s brother Andrew has been spending the better part of the last six years working for a local pet store, making the world a happier place for your fur babies. Unfortunately, they don’t let him wear his cape at work. On his days off, he likes to spend time with his fiancée and friends, read…

Lime Saddles

Lime up your life with these sweet, zesty tea cookies!  Soft and delicate, with a splash of fresh citrus icing, they’ll take your taste buds on a tropical vacation. These hugely popular cookies are light, and refreshing – and addictive. The first step is admitting it. (makes 2 dozen) The Cookies:   2 tsp lime…

Silver Dollar

Named for Chico’s annual summertime fair, our take on Hungarian Mushroom soup is, hands down, our most talked-about creation. Pretty much da bomb. If you don’t like mushrooms, you’ll want to move along. (Vegetarian, with the Vegan variation below.) (Makes 2 quarts. Make extra, because it freezes beautifully!) 1 lb mushrooms, sliced (button or cremini)…

Wildwood

A soup near and dear to the Soup Charmer’s heart. Her sweet mama used to make a chicken tarragon casserole that was a family favorite, so Sally decided to make a soup to honor that memory. Nailed it after three tries! (Meaty) (makes approx. 4 quarts) ½ cup (1 stick) butter 2 medium yellow onions,…

El Rey Gazpacho

The king of cold soups!  Ripe summer tomatoes are juiced and chilled with a medley of garden-fresh Mediterranean veggies, plus a shot of zesty hot sauce. ¡Deliciosa! (Vegan) Note from the Soup Charmer: This fab soup is a riff on a gazpacho that my sweet mama used to make and one of our favorite celebrations of…

The Soupinator

After our group hugs and tearful goodbyes at Cycle City, Sally’s son Tim went on to work at DeVon’s Jewelers in the Chico Mall. It was fate – or was it Bidwell Borscht? – that brought him together with the fabulous Lindsey, who eventually became his bride! They celebrated their union in a beautiful ceremony…

Monkey Face Mulligatawny

A delightfully spicy Indian favorite! Free-range chicken, organic rice and Granny Smith apples with veggies and a hint of curry simmered in our Souper Chicken Broth.  Our kids have done unspeakable things just to get a bite of this soup. (Meaty) Monkey Face Mulligatawny (makes approx. 3 ½ quarts) ½ cup (1 stick) butter 2…

Cherry Street Jubilee

Summer brunch? Serve this chilled soup as a refreshing twist! Fresh dark cherries are all over the farmer’s market right now. Combined with lemon zest, they infuse a subtle, sweet red wine. We finish it with Greek yogurt for a little tang.  (Vegetarian) Cherry Street Jubilee(makes approx. 3 qts) 5 cups water ½ cup white…