January 11, 2009

Sunday Soup

Posted in Food tagged , , at 7:51 pm by bookwoman

Back in September, Geek Boy and I took a trip to Hershey, PA, to see Bob Newhart perform live.  It was an absolutely wonderful show, and we were some of the youngest people in the audience, and we’re not that young.

On the drive out, we stopped for lunch at Bube’s Brewery.  We had been there years ago before they were brewing.  Another time we stopped on our way home from another trip, only to find that they were closed that day.  So, after double checking the website to make sure they’d be open, we made a little side trip on our way to Hershey.  It was miserable and rainy that day, the last pieces of a tropical storm was passing  through town.  Bube’s had a baked tomato soup on the menu.  And it was wonderful.

So, I’ve been in the mood for a good tomoato soup lately and really wanted something like that.  Lucky for me, the New England Soup Facotry has a wonderful roasted tomato and rice soup.  The tomatoes roast in the oven for about an hour, with just  a little olive oil and salt and pepper.  I made brown rice to stir in, thinking it would be a little heartier, which is good, since soups are my lunch each day.  Unfortunately, I cooked the rice in a pot that was too small for the amount I cooked, so it stayed kinda sticky.  But a few minutes in the microwave and it was good to go.  The recipe also calls for cheddar cheese to melt over top, but Geek Boy went for some parmesan grated over, and I think that worked really well.  (Raya, I’ll get a container to you tomorrow.)

My new recipe for the week was pretty good.  I made eggplant roll-ups from one of Rachel Ray’s cookbooks.  They turned out pretty well.  Only, I substituted prosciutto for hot ham.  It made them a little more sweet, than peppery and spicy. 

This week, I think it’s going to be another Rachel Ray.  Yes, I admit it.  Rachel Ray is one of my guilty pleasures.  She’s totally overexposed and way too perky, but a lot of her recipes are good and are in regular rotation around here.  So, tomorrow, pretzel chicken with dijon sauce.