What is with the weather this year? Even here in supposedly “Sunny California”, we’ve had a lot of rain. And wind. And chilly temperatures. There is still skiing up in the Sierras.
And while I’m not going to be a spoiled Californian and complain too terribly much, let me just say that my delicate sensibilities are offended by this much darkness, wet weather and general gloom.
The only good thing about this weather is that it is affording me the pleasure of a few more fires in my fireplace and a few more bowls of hot soup. ‘Cause nothin’ says “soup” to me more than “rainy day”.
“Rainy day” also says “fireplace”, “Snuggie”, and “Netflix”, just in case you were wondering.
I actually made this soup a week or so ago, on another rainy Wednesday. It was an unbridled success. At first I was thinking about making clam chowder, but remembered that the store had the first Spring corn on sale, so I just went with that. I suppose this soup has a Southwestern sort of flair, what with the roasted chiles and all.
I have found that roasting the chiles right on your gas burner is way easier than the broiler method. Though if you have an electric range, you’re going to have to go the broiler route. When the things are blackened, put them in a bowl and cover it. Forget about them till you need them next.
This is chopped bacon and a basic mirepoix. Saute. Your kitchen will begin to smell very good.
As for the chicken, you can use whatever you want. Leftover chicken is fine, but I have 2 whole chicken breasts, cut into cubes. I shoved the vegetables over to one side and let the chicken get a little bit browned.
Here are those peppers again. This time with the black parts peeled off and the insides scooped out. I don’t like to rinse them, it seems like you’re washing away all the good flavor. Chop ‘em and put ‘em in the pot with some chicken stock.
After the soup has thickened to your liking, add some cream. Taste it for seasoning.
I think this needs a fair amount of salt and black pepper, but season it to your liking!
Is the weather weird where you are? What do you like to eat when it’s rainy outside? Tell me in the comments. I might have to try your favorites—the rain doesn’t seem to want to stop here.