National Soup Month: Teresa’s Clam “Chowder”

Y’all, in case you forgot in between last week and now, it is still National Soup Month!

(What?!  You’ve already forgotten this momentous occasion?  Here’s a link to last week’s post.)

Ok, you may not be as stoked as I am about this fact, but it’s cold outside, I like to cook, and I’m just ever-so-slightly opportunistic when it comes to topics to blog about.  So…..  let Part 2 of National Soup Month commence!

This week:  Teresa’s Clam “Chowder”

Yes, “Teresa” as in my often-discussed mother (here and here), “Clam” as in the canned kind, though feel free to get your hands dirty and use the fresher stuff, and “‘Chowder,’” as in more like a cross between a soup and a chowder (not as creamy like the Boston stuff, but still delicious with a bit of a Cajun kick), thus the quotation marks.

Here’s a recipe for you Pinning or printing pleasure!

(Click on the image for a bigger image, or the MS Word doc below for a printable version.)

clam chowder

Clam Chowder -- recipe card

And here’s the printable one:  clam chowder recipe card printable version

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National Soup Month: Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Hey y’all, did you know it was National Soup Month?! 

Yeah, me neither.  Until I Googled “January holidays,” of course.

Full disclosure:  I like to plan my blog posts a month at a time.  Yes, sometimes something comes up and I change my original course, but typically I stick to the calendar.  Hoping to fill a few slots in January’s plan, I Googled “January holidays” and found this website.  There are the more obvious New Year’s Day and MLK, Jr. Day, but there are also the more obscure (and mostly un-celebrated) Fruitcake Toss Day (January 3rd),  Houseplant Appreciation Day (January 10th), and Bubble Bath Day (January 8th), as well as MANY others.  One of my fave finds was National Soup Month!

(January is also host to National Bath Safety Month, National Blood Donor Month, National Braille Literacy Month, National Hobby Month, Hot Tea Month, and National Oatmeal Month… in case you were curious.)

The excitement of this find was further reinforced by the fact that on the day I found it, the wind chill in Brooklyn was about 6 degrees.

Yeah, we ALL needed some soup.

So, I decided I would observe said holiday and introduce you to some tried, tested, and GPP-approved soup recipes!

Today’s recipe is sort of a copycat version of La Madeleine’s tomato soup.  It’s not necessarily their exact recipe, but darn close and absolutely delicious.  It is also very affordable to make, and because of the dairy products in it, is is very filling on its own (but feel free to add the obligatory peanut butter crackers or grilled cheese sandwich, if you want!).  You can substitute half and half for the heavy cream, but definitely expect a big difference in taste and consistency (read: not nearly as good).

I’ve made it into a 4″ X 6″ recipe card for your Pinning or printing pleasure.  Hope you enjoy!

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

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