Wildcat-a-touille

Note from the Soup Charmer: This soup was made as an ode to my Dad, who had a vegetable and fruit garden that was the envy of all and fed a family of eight. My mother was a champ in the kitchen with Dad’s bounty. One summer I swear we had a big pot of…

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…

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…

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…

Souper Chicken Broth

Sometimes your vegetable broth needs to pack that poultry punch. We’re here for you! Behold Sally’s secret for a rich, flavorful broth that you can make yourself. C’mon, don’t be chicken! The Soup Charmer’s Chicken Broth (makes 6 quarts) 1 whole chicken, cut up 6 quarts cold water 2 carrots, peeled and cut into large…

Golden Vegetable Broth

Let’s begin with the basics. This delicious, nutritious broth can serve as the base for many of our soups, and keeps the veggie scraps out of the garbage disposal. It freezes beautifully, too. Superior soup starts here. The Soup Charmer’s Golden Vegetable Broth (makes 2 quarts – double it, triple it, infinity it – go…