In Wichita, we have a fantastic soup and sandwich place called Tanya's Soup Kitchen. The woman who owns it may be crazy, but that's ok because she works in the restaurant industry! Anyway, she creates all of these wonderful soups, all made from scratch, using mostly local ingredients, and it is definitely one of my favorite places in town. She also sells her recipes.
Prior to Christmas, I was in Tanya's for lunch and noticed that her recipe books were on sale (like, buy all six and save $15 or something like that). I decided I would buy them and give them away for Christmas presents (they are currently sitting in the back of Ian's car...so the second part of this plan backfired). I figured I would also want to keep a couple...you know, cause I like cooking so much and how hard could it possibly be to make SOUP?
Turns out, making soup is an interesting experience.
I decided I was going to make Creamy Spinach, Artichoke, and Chicken Soup. I figured I would leave work one day, spend a couple of hours making soup, and have a late dinner. I was not prepared for the soup making process.
First I had to purchase all of my ingredients. That didn't take too long...but then I needed to prepare all of the ingredients for the soup. Most needed to be chopped and whatnot. The first night I decided to make soup, I was up until 10:30 just chopping ingredients. Obviously, I did not have soup that night.
The second night, I went home and I was prepared! I had all of my ingredients:
And I had my soup making pot:
So, I started sauteing my veggies and was really cooking away, when it got time to add the chicken. So, I added the chicken:
Obviously, I had a problem. I still had like two boxes of chicken stock to add to this soup and 8 ounces of cream, and some wine, and a bunch of other stuff...I quickly came to the realization that I needed to get a new soup pot. (Edit: I originally tagged this post as "booze-free," but if you read up about one line, you will notice that I added wine. White wine to be specific. Definitely a libatious recipe! Whoops! The tags are now fixed. You're welcome!)
So...I removed my soup from the heat and headed to Target, where I purchased this: