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There Should Be More Public Service Announcements About This {with Garlic Soup}

All right, who’s feeling a little moody?  Anyone?  I am.  I’m not saying I drink a bottle of cognac every night and sit in an empty bathtub writing poems about loss; I’m just saying I might start taking vitamins or something.

My family is a moody bunch.  I come from a long line of Italian ladies whose furrowed eyebrows, if laid next to each other, would wrap around the Earth seven and a half times.   I like to think that when a girl child was born back in Sicily, my ancestors swaddled her in damp lasagna noodles, gave her an apricot to suck on, and gently pushed her eyebrows into a permanently knitted position before they handed her over to her father.  That’s how naturally moodiness comes to us.

In an effort to fight my winter doldrums, I’ve decided to join a gym.  Now, me trying to joining a gym is like Albania trying to join the European Union.  The current members are all, “but you’re so. . . just. . . man, you’re really bumming us out right now.”  But I am determined.  I will lean on the membership desk and chomp on a Luna bar until they can’t ignore me any longer.  And then I will get on an elliptical machine and open a second Luna bar, because–and there should be more public service announcements about this– it’s important not to get underfed while you’re working out.

It’s also important to try garlic soup at least once in your life.

peeled garlicDid you know that Olympic athletes in ancient Greece ate garlic before their events?  They thought it was a performance-enhancing drug. garlic soupAnd maybe it is.  I don’t know yet because I’ve only spent 30 minutes at the gym, and 20 minutes of that I spent making a playlist on my iPod. cream of garlic soup But I can assure you that this soup is easy and tasty.  Its texture resembles a potato soup, even though there’s no potato in it and no cream.  All the richness and depth of flavor comes from the garlic cloves, which you caramelize until they’re plump and golden.  (And the garlic is so cooked down and mellowed out that the soup doesn’t reek of garlic or give you bad breath.  It’s safe!)

Happy weekend, my friends!

Garlic Soup {Download & Print Recipe}
Adapted from Susan Spicer’s recipe in Crescent City Cooking (I substitute a bay leaf for a bouquet garni and sourdough for french bread, and I don’t add cream).

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. butter

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 large yellow onions, chopped (5-6 cups)

2 cups peeled but not chopped garlic cloves (buy 4 heads to be safe)

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme (or 1 tsp. dried)

1 bay leaf

7 c. reduced sodium chicken broth

3 c. sourdough bread, cut into 1/2-1″ pieces

Directions:

Heat the butter and olive oil in a large, heavy sauce pan over medium-low heat.  Add the onion and garlic.  Cook, stirring frequently, about 40 minutes, until the garlic and onion are a rich caramel brown color.  It’s very important not to rush this step or crank up the heat: the flavor is in the slow caramelization of the garlic.  You don’t want the onion to get dark and crispy on the edges, so if that’s happening, reduce the heat.

Add the thyme, bay leaf, and 6 cups of the chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Then reduce the heat to a slow simmer and stir in the bread pieces.  Let the soup simmer and thicken for about 10 minutes, then turn off the heat.  Remove and discard the bay leaf.

Transfer the soup to a food processor or use an immersion blender to purée it until it’s smooth.  Reheat the soup and add the remaining 1 c. chicken broth if the soup is too thick.  Taste the soup and season with salt and pepper if it needs it.  Serve.

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thunder in scarfThunder looks to Scott to see if he approves of her newest winter accessory.  (He does.)

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  1. Mmmmmm….this sounds yummy!

    January 31, 2014
  2. So I love the soup, love the garlic, love your photos, and love the Frenchie. 😊

    January 31, 2014
    • Isn’t she the best? She looks very French but she’s actually a cross between French (her dad) and English (her mom). She’s turning 3 years old next week!

      February 3, 2014
      • She’s a cutie! My little Boston Terrier, Squirt, is turning 10 soon!

        February 3, 2014
        • I can tell from your picture that Squirt is adorable–and what an awesome name! When we adopted our other dog, Seymour, his name was Scamp. We changed it, but if it had been Squirt I bet we would have kept it!

          February 3, 2014
          • It’s is pretty cute, eh? Her official name is Squirt E. Licious. (But she’s Squirt because of the adorable baby turtle in Finding Nemo.)

            February 3, 2014
          • Oh my gosh. I couldn’t remember Squirt from Finding Nemo, so I googled it and I found this clip and you are right–he’s freaking adorable. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRTlvMvS1X8

            February 3, 2014
  3. I love everything about this post, Katherine–the vitamins, the furrowed eyebrows, the apricot, the Luna-Bar chomping, the garlic soup recipe, and Thunder’s neckwarmer. Thanks for the delights!

    January 31, 2014
    • Oh, wow, thank you Jennifer! Thanks for taking the time to say that.

      February 3, 2014
  4. I’m pretty sure that second paragraph is one of the best things I’ve ever read.

    January 31, 2014
    • I don’t know whether to blush or just give you some of the funny books I’ve been reading (since they up the ante significantly.)

      February 3, 2014
  5. Sister Madly #

    Us moody people are just more interesting (that’s what I tell myself…)

    January 31, 2014
    • We ARE more interesting. Excellent point.

      February 3, 2014
  6. That line about swaddling babies in damp lasagna noodles is one of the best things I’ve read all year. Second to the title of this recipe. Garlic Soup — it really says it all, doesn’t it? One of my single favorite things, made into a soup all its own… sounds so good!

    January 31, 2014
    • I have never made lasagna, actually. Have you? It occurred to me just now that I should probably try it.

      February 3, 2014
  7. The weather has made everyone crazy. Check out our blog and the stupid raincoats mom made us wear.

    January 31, 2014
    • Those raincoats are legit! I wish I had been there to see you model them in person.

      February 3, 2014
  8. Thanks for this post. I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and you continue to crack me up. I just snorted in my cubicle at work while reading this- oops. And anything that’s like potato soup is a winner in my book, so yay.

    January 31, 2014
    • Lindsey, thank you so much for saying so! I am lucky to have you here. Do you have any good recipes for potato soup? I haven’t made it in ages.

      February 1, 2014
      • I don’t know if I’ve ever actually made it! I usually just order it as a treat when it gets cold out and I’m feeling like I need something special. 🙂

        February 1, 2014
  9. I so want to try this! I’m putting garlic on the shopping list. And sourdough bread.

    January 31, 2014
    • Oh good! You’ll have lots of left-over sourdough to scarf up with other stuff. That’s my favorite bread to have lying around.

      February 1, 2014
  10. No way is garlic soup safe.. NO WAY! .. but if you say so.. i will give it a crack. though personally I think the gym people gave in and handed you a membership card because you breathed on them!

    January 31, 2014
    • Haaa! I didn’t think of that possibility. Yeah, they were probably like “this lady is wearing leggings and dirty tennis shoes and smells like she works on a garlic farm. Give her a lifetime membership if she’ll just agree to take 4 steps back from the front desk!”

      February 1, 2014
  11. Love Thunder’s winter gear – cute:) You had me at garlic – use garlic as much as possible. Happy Weekend!

    January 31, 2014
    • Right? The smell of garlic cooking is maybe my favorite of all the smells. My others would probably be nutmeg, my mom’s coffee cake baking, almonds roasting, Thunder’s soft neck (is that weird? Probably.) and the juniper berry lotion I wore in high school. Quite a mix!

      February 1, 2014
  12. jenny_o #

    How could I be blue when there are bloggers like you? 🙂

    January 31, 2014
    • Aaawwww, Jenny you make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside AND IT’S SNOWING BUCKETS over here, so that’s saying a lot. You’re the best.

      February 1, 2014
  13. From my point of view be moody it’s a virtue. How boring your life can be without being a bit moody? so, be proud. I love your story, the recipe and Thunder!

    February 1, 2014
    • I’m high-fiving myself after reading your comment.

      February 1, 2014
  14. Thunder in her gym clothes!
    And you’re spot-on to get moving. Best defense against the uni-brow.

    February 1, 2014
    • It’s just hard to motivate to go to the gym when Thunder and I could put our workout shirts and leggings on and get back in bed, you know, Sandy?

      February 1, 2014
  15. A gym? But… Katherine… it’s just so… I mean… my eyebrows just crocheted themselves into a pair of shorts.

    February 1, 2014
    • Oh I believe it. I have seen that picture of you and Haddie where you’re doing a Class A pout. I bet they’re the best damn shorts north of Manhattan (where I bet Anna Wintour is wearing a blindingly awesome pair of shorts right now).

      February 1, 2014
  16. Sandra R #

    If the gym thing doesn’t work you could try a SAD light. You can do that in your PJs at home, while making garlic soup. Or eating garlic soup, which sounds lovely!

    February 1, 2014
    • You know, we actually have a metal halide (?) light for our tropical fish tank. Scott says if I sit under it, it should work. With the way it’s currently set up, though, I’d have to put my face INTO the fish tank. But maybe we could rearrange some things….

      February 1, 2014
  17. Is there any way to make the soup without the onion? I just can’t eat them. Potato, or ground up water-chestnuts maybe?

    February 1, 2014
    • Hmmmm. I don’t know about the water chestnuts (have you ever tried thickening something with them? I haven’t) but I imagine potato works great. I made a potato + onion soup and it was easy and tasty, so I bet you could just substitute lots of garlic for the onion. https://eggton.com/tag/potato-soup/

      February 3, 2014
  18. This recipe looks tasty and creamy in a comfort food kind of way. We just bought a Blendtec (which is like a Vitamix) and maybe we’ll need to the soup making function with this one. As for the gym, good on you for sticking it through. I like to exercise at home….mostly because the fridge is right there.

    February 1, 2014
    • Oh, man, Blendtecs look so nice. That’s awesome. I just have a small food processor (wish I had a bigger one) and an immersion blender (which I LOVE). We don’t have a blender, which really cuts into our margarita possibilities. . .

      February 3, 2014
  19. Oh, how you made me laugh! One question, am I crazy? Where does the bread go?

    February 1, 2014
    • Hello, my friend! The bread actually thickens the soup, kind of like potato would. It soaks up the broth and softens, and then you blitz it all in the blender and it completely disappears. It’s very cool!

      February 1, 2014
      • Ok, I guess I missed that step. Sounds amazing – combining two of my favorite things, garlic and soup!

        February 1, 2014
  20. Bread, garlic, soup… Homer drool.

    February 2, 2014
    • I could survive for a WHILE on garlic and bread and soup, all scurvy aside. . .

      February 3, 2014
  21. I, too, could live on garlic for an indefinite amount of time…this recipe is the bomb! (Surely garlic would keep away scurvy — it keeps away vampires, for goodness’ sake!)

    February 4, 2014
  22. I have heard many an accolade about garlic soup but have never tried it, so this might be the shove to get me to do it. Looks and sounds wonderful.

    February 4, 2014
  23. Bravo! This was a beautifully written piece – the imagery (especially the eyebrows – I can relate!!) is wonderful. I laughed out loud many times – thank you for that.

    February 6, 2014
  24. I would like to have this please, I will pay you in tulips.

    February 7, 2014
  25. One should never starve themselves prior to exercising. Strength is a must. You never know when the stair stepper might malfunction and you have to continue on like nothing is wrong because the entire gym is staring at your insufficient abilities to operate the equipment. This may or may not have happened to moi. So, if I eat this garlic soup, I could potentially show the stair stepper who’s boss? Pass me a bowl.

    February 11, 2014
  26. Amy #

    I’ve never heard of garlic soup…but there’s not much NOT to love in the ingredient list! Looks so creamy and perfect for these cold days.

    February 19, 2014

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