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While in St. Louis, I always make it a point to support my favorite local micro-brewery, Schlafly. Mostly I do this by simply drinking a few beers, which are usually in my parents’ refrigerator, as their beer of choice. But sometimes I manage to eat at one of their restaurants, so I get to not only enjoy their beer, but their food too.

Over Christmas, my family and an old family friend (the kind you call “aunt” even though she’s not one) went to the Tap Room. And as soon as my eyes fell across the words “Beer Cheese Soup” I knew it was mine.

It was ever so tasty. Cheesy. Beery. Melty. Yummy.

It also gave me an idea for something coming up…

Want to make it? Try one of these:

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The Week in Soup: 12.21.07


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Broccoli Soup for the Soul

I think that all moms have a soup that they give their kids when they’re sick.  Chicken Noodle Soup is a good standby. Anything with potatoes would be good.  For me it was lentil soup when I needed TLC and Broccoli Soup when I had an upset stomach. 

I’m not talking about the crazy cheddar cheese soup with little flakes of broccoli.  I mean, lets be honest with ourselves, I’m not even sure if you can pass that off as a vegetable soup.  This soup is all about the broccoli, big green chunks in a light broth with whatever pasta is on hand.

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You know you’re eating something wonderful when your view is this:

but you don’t even look up from the dish in front of you.

Ryan and I were at the Salish Lodge last weekend, and started a weekend lunch off with their Butternut Squash soup. The chives on top, the hint of nutmeg in the creme fraiche, the perfectly sweet but not too sweet apples…all of it was simply wonderful.

When it showed up again at dinner, we both pumped our fists in the air with delight.

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This Week in Soup: 12.14.07

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When I was a kid, there was a billboard for some fast food place that had a picture of 89 cents in change. The ad read: “Is there a cheeseburger under your seat?”

I think of that billboard every time I look in my fridge at all kinds of random ingredients and wonder: Is there a soup in here?

So last week when I came across this recipe for Celery Root, Chestnut, Apple Soup (by NYC chef Daniel Boulud), I realized that there was indeed a soup waiting for me in my kitchen. I’d picked up a bag of chestnuts at the market with some Thanksgiving intentions, but hadn’t gotten around to them yet. Apples were some kind of automatic staple; I hardly realized when I picked them up at the market. Cream? Check. Onions? No problem. Stock? Always. Celery Root? Done.

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Maybe it’s just me, but having friends over for a night of Christmas tree decorating calls for one thing: Some kind of awesome-smelling, slow-cooked, wintry stew for dinner. So when Lindsy and I planned to get our tree and have some friends over for dinner, decorating, and general holiday merriment, I knew the time had come for me to try out lamb stew.

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