So I got in my car and turned on the Top 40 station. Lady Gaga and Katy Perry sang about California Gurls and Pokerfaces as I drove to the grocery store. Surreptitiously, I lingered in the magazine/book aisle and browsed for dinner ideas, soups in particular (since they don't require much chewing). America's Test Kitchen Special Collector's Edition "Best-Ever Recipes" caught my eye. I picked it up and there it was on page 46 - "Hearty Garlic-Potato Soup." Cheap ingredients (pay day is two whole days away), plenty of prep work (my version of therapy), hearty (it's even in the name!), and it's soup, so it's essentially warm and comforting. Folks, we have a winner.
While I'm certainly no one to mess with America's Test Kitchen, nonetheless, I made a few adaptations. Here is my version. We loved it, and it certainly warmed up an otherwise chilly, dank afternoon.