It is cold and snowy in NYC today (12.28). I’m eating soup for lunch. I used to make a kitchen sink soup all the time… you know whatever veggies were around and some chicken. My wife, Kerrilynn, got so sick of it she kicked me off soup patrol. I’m eating her lentil and borlotti bean in tomato broth right now which is quite good. Whomever cooks doesn’t have to clean up after the meal in our house… which might be why she kicked me off soup duty. I’m the kind of cook who makes dinner without a recipe and very little idea of what I’m going to cook until it’s on the stove. I love to cook that way. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but it feels “creative.” Cleanup duty afterwards can be a rather, ahem, time-consuming activity though (even without the under-the-breath muttering of the cleaner). Mise-en-plus skills are on my 2013 goal list.
Here are some ingredient photos I took to accompany an article on soup in a recent digital edition of Martha Stewart Living. This is how I want my kitchen to look when I cook.