One of my favorite authors as a child was Maurice Sendak. In addition to his celebrated book Where the Wild Things Are, on cold winter days I’m reminded of his poetic calendar Chicken Soup with Rice. In it, soup is venerated through rhyme each month. March’s verse goes like this:
“In March the wind blows down the door
And spills my soup upon the floor
It laps it up and roars for more
Blowing once, blowing twice
Blowing chicken soup with rice”
More than just comfort food, soup nourishes us from deep within. Traditionally soups are based on a hearty stock made from bones, cartilage, marrow and vegetables. These often overlooked treasures are full of vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and good fat and contribute to a soup’s nutritional and gastronomic value.
Here at Bi-Rite, we use house-made stocks in all of our house prepared soups. Wanna make your own pot? Pick up any of our stocks in the freezer section; we offer light and brown chicken, pastured chicken, beef, seafood and veggie stocks made by our chefs. Or come to the Deli for a pint of hot soup to go ($4.99-$5.99/pint). We always have a meat and a vegetarian option.
So what are you waiting for?! Get your soup on now. In the words of Maurice Sendak:
“I told you once, I told you twice
All seasons of the year are nice
For eating chicken soup with rice”