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November 18th is National Vichyssoise Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then go grab a bowl and a spoon because it's National Vichyssoise Day!  Go on... sound it out!  But let's get right into celebrating National Vichyssoise Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Well, people love soup... it's easy to consume, it warms you up and it contains a lot of ingredients. So based on that alone, you're probably going to have enough people that would actually want to celebrate a soup like this. But this soup is unique, because it's normally served cold! And the ingredients and the way you prepare it really makes it a fancy soup. So it's one of those meals you just have to celebrate in order to truly show your appreciation for it.  But people aren't quite sure who invented the soup; no one seems to know if it is a French or American creation. Julia Child says it's American, but then you have Jules Gouffé and Louis Diat. Jules Gouffé did make a similar soup, back in the late 1800's, but his soup was served hot. And Louis Diat pretty much just reinvented the soup, as he remembered how his brother use to pour cold milk into soup to cool it down in the summer. And some say that King Louis XV of France accidently created the soup, because he'd have his servants test it out for him, just in case it was poisoned, and by the time it got to him, it was cold.

But either way, I'm going to tell you what's in this magical soup. What you do is heat up some leeks, onions, potatoes, chicken broth and some herbs until everything is nice and soft. Then you pop all of that into a food processor or blender and purée everything. Then all you have to do is cool it down in the fridge for close to 2 hours, pour in a little heavy cream, mix it up and then enjoy!  Sounds good, doesn't it?

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, if you don't want to wait 2 hours for it to cool, you have a few options. You can go buy a canned vichyssoise and just eat it straight out of the can! That's one way to save some time and keep you from having to clean a bowl. But a better option would be to head to a restaurant that serves it. So call around and see if any restaurants near you have it on the menu. What better way to celebrate than to have a professionally-made soup as part of a full-course meal?  What's the third way to save some time? Make it yourself, but just eat it hot! I really doubt that this soup would taste horrible when it's hot, so why not try it, right? The only problem you might run into is what happens when you try to mix in the heavy cream when it's still hot. It may not mix together too well, but that's a small price to pay to have your soup 2 hours ahead of time, now isn't it?  But if you want to have the soup how it's supposed to be made then you're just going to have to wait for it to cool down! And if you think about it, who really has just soup for a meal? So while you're waiting for it to cool down, why don't you make a salad or some type of meat to go with it? Or whip up a nice dessert if you like! And hey, since you're getting all fancy, why don't you invite some people over and impress them with your cold soup?  Have a great day and enjoy your vichyssoise!





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