#35: Yes, Soup For You

Dear Friends,

Did I forget to mention how fun the soup party was?

Lots of people showed up, and the food was delicious.  Carrie Van Hallgren brought her famous Pear Pie.  Tami Workentin brought an incredible salad loaded with goodies and topped with a homemade bacon dressing.  You heard me.

And the soups?  Well.

1. Butternut Squash Soup: Amazing.

2. Garden Vegetable Soup: Amazing.

3. Pork Noodle Soup:  Amazing.

The last one was such a delicious hit that everybody asked for the recipe.  Here it is, so you can try it too:

Pork Noodle Soup with Cinnamon and Anise

Serves 4 to 6

Active time: 20min, Start to Finish: 2 1/2 hrs

2 1/2 lb country-style pork ribs

6 cups water

2/3 cup soy sauce

2/3 cup Chinese Shaoxing wine or medium-dry Sherry

1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 head garlic, halves crosswise

3 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks

1 whole star anise

5 1/2 oz bean thread (cellophane) noodles

Garnish: chopped cilantro; sliced scallions

1. Gently simmer all ingredients except noodles in a 6-quart heavy pot, covered, skimming as needed, until pork is very tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

2. Transfer pork to a bowl.  Discard bones, spices, and garlic.  Coarsely shred meat.  Skim fat from broth, then return meat and bring to a simmer.  Rinse noodles, then stir into broth and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until noodles are translucent and tender, about 6 minutes.

It’s really good.  Comfort food 101.

I’ll keep you posted,



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