If you’ve read my apple pie recipe post then you already know this… I’m not a huge fan of gifts and stuff. This is not a new development. I was this way as a kid – there’s nothing I hated more than being the center of attention opening a bunch of gifts in front of everyone at a birthday party. Call me strange; it’s just the way I am. This has certainly carried through to my adult life, as is evidenced by how I handle my kids’ birthdays. Ever since they were young, I’ve told my kids that rather than running out and buying yet another electronic game, electronic device, or (worse) a gift card, I’ll happily make them anything they want for their birthday dinner and dessert. It’s their choice. The sky’s the limit. It’s become a tradition – and (quite honestly) a tradition they all love. Enter my homemade Creamy Tomato Soup.
It’s funny when you give kids their choice of any food they want. Some vary all over the map – everything from ribs to mac-n-cheese to quinoa to chicken burritos. Others stick with the tried and true. Such is the case with my youngest son. Every year on his birthday I ask what he wants. And every year his eyes light up and he gives me the same answer… Creamy Tomato Soup. (And apple pie for dessert.) It fascinates me. This is the kid who won’t eat anything. My pickiest eater by far! Pizza? Nope. Mac-n-cheese? Not a chance! And heaven help me if I try to get him to eat a scrambled egg. So why Creamy Tomato Soup for at least a decade? I have no idea.
I guess when you think about it, though, Creamy Tomato Soup does have a lot to offer. It’s rich, slightly sweet (thanks to a brown sugar trick I learned from the good folks at Cook’s Illustrated), has a bit of tang with a hint of heat, is very satisfying, and goes perfectly with a side of crunchy fresh bread. If you’re looking for a bowlful of wholesome goodness that feels like a warm hug from the inside, then this Creamy Tomato Soup is just what you want… Maybe it’s exactly what a boy really needs from his mother (even if he thinks he’d rather have the latest video game).
And if you’re looking for an immersion blender to make this and other fabulous soups and sauces, I LOVE mine. Here it is!
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