I must admit, I’m a seasonal person at my favorite from-scratch bakery in downtown Boone.
Right now, I’m looking forward to summer and BLT season. I can’t wait for the first truly warm day, soft rays of sunshine forcing my eyes to squint as I scoot in the door at Dutch Oven Bakery for a few slabs of hearty bread, crisp green lettuce, a tomato juicy enough to make you wipe your chip and some of Iowa’s best bacon.
Of course, BLTs are not limited to spring and summer — some folks love them in the depth of winter. But in my seasonal world, it’s still soup season — at least until we have more than three consecutive days above 30 degrees.
What is it about a cup of soup on a cold winter’s day that seems to tame the wind and bring a soft warmth from within? Meeting friends for an afternoon bowl of soup at Dutch Oven seems to be the perfect remedy for the mid-winter cabin fever conundrum.
Winter melts away a little faster when we’re eating and chatting. On this day, while I was tempted by the chili and a cheese soup that sounded fantastic, good old-fashioned chicken soup was my choice. With a cold coming on, I could hear my grandmother’s voice talking to me yet about the wonders of chicken soup to make a body feel better.
The rich broth in the chicken soups at Dutch Oven taste they like simmered all day on a grandmother’s kitchen stovetop. The noodles are hearty, thick-cut and make the soup a real meal. The tender chunks of chicken are fresh and yummy, paired with just the right amount of vegetables to make for a wonderful soup.
Of course, one can’t come to Dutch Oven without having a something a little sweet to go along with the meal. I chose a crispy and was tempted to dunk it in the soup, but it was so fresh and crisp that I had to eat it just as it was.
Spring will come soon enough — really — and I’ll be back to mixing it up with all the signature and build-your-own sandwiches, but for now it’s hard to beat a cup of soup and a crispy with the company of a good friend at Dutch Oven.
Dutch Oven Bakery
605 Story St.
Mon. – Fri.: 5 a.m. – 6 p.m.;
Saturday: 5 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.