Autumn winds have a way of sending me for cover each year. I begin to crave comfort foods: warm breads, fruit pies with a dollop of whipped cream, a glazed doughnut with a cup of hot chocolate or apple cider and, most especially, a good cup of soup at noon.
There’s something about good, homemade soup, that fortifies us for the coming season ahead. It warms the body and the soul in savory and unexpected ways.
Chili was in the bowl for a lot of folks around the table today, but I wanted something a little different and gave the chicken tortilla soup a try. Trust that I’ll be trying it again… and again… and again.
This chicken soup has a little bit of a kick — just spicy enough to give it a bold, delightful flavor, but soothing enough for every taste. I’ve tried chicken tortilla soups that may as well be just plain Jane chicken soups, but this one kicks it up a notch to make it truly memorable. I could have eaten a entire bowl, but had ordered just a cup — and I won’t be making that mistake again.
For this day, I paired my soup with a half turkey sandwich on sourdough bread with lettuce and tomato. The coolness of the turkey and tomato were a terrific match for the hot soup.
And next time around I’ll be smart enough to order an extra bowl to go, because it makes for a wonderful soup to savor at the home the following day. And, of course, one has to bring home some of Dutch Oven’s one-of-a-kind breads or cookies to make it a real treat.
Sourdough is just about my all-around favorite, but the challah bread is not to be missed. Deceptively soft inside, the braided Jewish egg bread has a unique taste that is always a hit.
And, with the holiday season coming, a stop at Dutch Oven also requires a little pie to take home. I can test all the favorites now and decide what to order for the holidays. Pumpkin is my favorite, but apple and cherry disappear even faster at our house. Fortunately, I can take home a piece of this and a piece of that, and we’re all happy in the long run.
Dutch Oven Bakery
605 Story St.
Mon. – Fri.: 5 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 5 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.