The Real Dish: January is Soup Month

My grandmother taught me well, because the secret, she said, is that there are only three real rules for soup. The rest was just the spice of life. First, real bones. It’s kind to avoid the cavalier wasting of the nutritional gift of that animal’s life, she knew, but the kindness was selfish, too- good skin, good bones, good hair, good metabolism comes from good bones. Two, simmer. You can’t rush a soup. You’ve got to let that soup simmer. Don’t be in a hurry. And third, soup always tastes better the day after, giving the ingredients a chance to “marry.”

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