I’m not entirely sure that I’m ready for soup weather.
Sure, it’s nice when I’m able to start busting out my boots and sweaters again. And sure, it’s nice to be able to turn my oven on without turning the entire apartment into a sauna. But it’s always so hard to say goodbye to summer produce. Especially when the food blogosphere jumps back on the pumpkin train and you feel like you’re hanging on to summertime all by your lonesome. I’M JUST NOT READY FOR PUMPKIN, YOU GUYS.
Fortunately, I have eight whole days of summer left. And I’m going to eat as much summer produce as I can get my hands on. Even if chilly weather forces me to put that produce into soup.
And speaking of soup, THIS ONE RULES.
Confession: I’m not really a tomato soup person. Never have been. I think it’s because so much of the tomato soup I saw as a kid came from cafeterias and cans, which meant it was BASICALLY just tomato water which meant YUCK. But over the last couple of years, I’ve been a little more open to the idea. I’ve even ordered it INTENTIONALLY once or twice (GASP).
This soup is the perfect end-of-summer, start-of-fall soup. It’s simple and easy to make, and it’s hearty and warm without being heavy: just what I needed to help me get ready for fall. The apple in this soup is kind of amazing – it lends a nice, bright flavor without overpowering the tomato. Hit it with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil to garnish and serve with a hunk of crusty bread or a grilled cheese for maximum deliciousness. [read more...]