Soup and bread and cookies. Sometimes that’s all it takes to throw a fantastic dinner party. But you’d better make darn sure you’ve got a sensational soup, brilliant bread and downright crazy-good cookies. And this menu definitely satisfies all three stipulations:
Our dinner guest for this simple yet satisfying Monday night meal – my lovely cousin Katelyn, whom you’ll probably remember from a couple other dinner parties. With busy schedules and lots of out-of-town trips, we hadn’t seen Katelyn all summer. Luckily, this casual get-together gave us plenty of opportunity to catch up with a good long chat, thanks in no small part to the easy menu, which required no last-minute work at all. In fact, everything was done and ready to go hours before Katelyn even arrived. Who wouldn’t love a dinner party like that?!
Let’s start with the soup. This heartwarming concoction is one of our favorite, favorite soups. It’s just packed full of all sorts of deliciousness – plump and creamy Cannellini beans, large green curls of tenderly wilted kale, juicy slices of smoky Chorizo sausage, sweet specks of sautéed onions and red peppers. But best of all, the broth. The golden elixir is full of delicious, invigorating flavor - smooth garlic, earthy paprika, floral bay, heady saffron, and a tart kick of sherry vinegar, all woven through a savory chicken stock. Each bite fills your mouth with a rich, full smoothness, and sends a warm wave of coziness through your veins. The flavor is simply addictive – absolutely luscious and undeniably wholesome, with harmonious hints of spicy, sweet, sour and salty hitting all your taste buds in unison. It’s at once wholly decadent and fully nourishing. Just one spoonful, and you’ll instantly feel good about the world.