tomay-to, tomah-to…

16 Nov

Okay, I’m kind of sucking at MoFo. I think November is not as good a month for it, it’s too busy. Plus, I have some news to share soon (no, I’m not pregnant) that has been tying up my time, but that will come.

I love me some tomato soup. It’s my go-to food when I’m feeling sick and there are lots of recipes for tomato soup out there, but a lot of them end up tasting like spaghetti sauce or salsa. Blech.

Elephant’s Deli, in Portland, is a beloved deli and catering place that is famous for their unique tomato soup. They are not famous for their vegan options. Needless to say, the soup is not vegan, but it’s so loved that they are nice enough to share the recipe on their site. Based on its cult status, I couldn’t resist whipping up a veganized batch of it… and it is seriously good. And the mystery ingredient that makes it so intriguing really does give it that je ne sais quoi.

I’m not going to repost their recipe since I already linked to it and didn’t get permissions to do so. All I substituted was plain soy milk for the cream and vegan margarine for the butter, obviously. The soy milk worked well, but I bet soy creamer would be even better. You’d expect it to curdle, especially with orange juice (fresh is a must, it’s so good!), but somehow it works.

What’s your most nostalgic comfort food during the dreary winter months?

15 Responses to “tomay-to, tomah-to…”

  1. leigh at 8:42 pm #

    Either mac & cheeze or “chicken” and dumplings.

  2. FoodFeud at 8:45 pm #

    It’s not exactly a comfort food, per se, but I make a lot of roasted root vegetable salads in the winter, mostly because the oven keeps the kitchen warm!
    Hot toddies certainly comfort me too…

  3. Josiane at 8:48 pm #

    Oh, that reminds me: I had promised you a tomato soup recipe, right? Gosh, I haven’t yet gotten around to unpacking my books and we’ve moved over two years ago… but I think I may be able to find the book in which this incredibly simple recipe is. I’ll do it before the end of the winter, I promise!

    My most nostalgic comfort food? Wow, I have no idea. It must be soup. The kind of soup mom made, with a ton of stuff in – vegetables, beans, rice… Actually, when I make it, it looks more like stew than soup: I tend to pack the pot full, no matter how big the pot is, and then there isn’t enough space to add more water! That’s how I like my soup!

  4. Molly at 10:34 pm #

    Hot tea with cream and sugar paired with a big bowl of hot oatmeal with brown sugar, cream, and pecans. YUM!

  5. Beth at 10:44 pm #

    Aw, you don’t suck at MoFo! I’ve loved your posts so far, and the good ones last for days, you know? šŸ˜‰

    • Kris at 11:52 pm #

      Thanks for the vote of confidence!

  6. Seglare at 3:49 am #

    I have never learned to make good tomato soup and have become almost too afraid to try – but I might challenge myself with this one day. šŸ™‚

    My favorite winter comfort foods are probably my mom’s spicy lentil soup, vegetable chilli, and (after I met my boyfriend) Ethiopian food.

    • Hope at 6:19 am #

      Nothing says comfort like a veggie pot pie baking in the oven!

    • Kris at 11:51 pm #


    • Kris at 11:52 pm #

      Mmm… Ethiopian food. That is super comforting, too.

  7. Lee Ann at 9:42 am #

    Leek and Potato soup.
    So simple, so delicious.

    • Kris at 11:51 pm #

      Yum! I was just eyeing some leeks at the store last week. Maybe next week.

  8. Lizzie at 10:11 am #

    It’s currently 27 degrees here (with wind chill), and I am very much looking forward to a bowl of stew to warm up. Although, based on feedback from The Husband, maybe I should call it soup more than stew, apparently stwe is supposed to be thicker…anyway, lots of carrots, taters, and peas, thrown in the crock pot with some veg broth, pepper, and a splash of liquid smoke, and cooked all afternoon. And even better if I’ve motivated myself to bake some biscuits!

    • Kris at 11:50 pm #

      Woo! That’s cold! Whatever you call it, that sounds awesome to come home to!

  9. Courtney at 4:29 pm #

    You don’t suck at anything you do, Kris! All of your posts have been wonderful šŸ™‚


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