A Few Soup Reviews

Campbell’s is now making soup that comes in bags, and calling them ‘Go Soups’.  It’s a strange concept.  I’ve read other ‘blogs and reviews online about these new soups, and they’ve largely been referred to as ‘Hipster Soups’, which makes me giggle a little.  However, the ridiculous pictures of surprised or vacuous-looking teens on the bags prove that that is the exact image they were hoping for.

So far, I’ve tried Coconut Curry with Chicken and Shiitake Mushrooms, Roasted Red Pepper and Smoked Gouda, Golden Lentil with Madras Curry, and Spicy Chorizo and Pulled Chicken with Black Beans.

* * * * *  The Roasted Red Pepper soup was excellent.  I loved it, and will most definitely buy it again.  It had good flavor and wasn’t overly creamy.  Here it is, in its bag.  I ate it too quickly to take any photos of the soup itself.  This one gets 5 stars.  If you just cover the overly-surprised woman who is shouting the name of the soup at you with your hand, you can appreciate the soup more.  I promise.

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* * * *  Coconut Curry with Chicken and Shiitake Mushrooms also gets my approval.  I suspect that I could make better Coconut Curry soup at home, but as I have never tried it, I can’t say for sure.  I CAN say, however, that this one is good, and it had chunks of actual vegetables included, though I didn’t really detect much chicken, OR many shiitakes.  It was good, and I’d be willing to buy it again.  I’d also be willing to look for a recipe for soup like this to make myself.  I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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* *  Golden Lentil with Madras Curry.  Well, no.  I make spectacular Curried Lentil soup at home (*yes, I’m patting myself on the back right now*), and this was NOT up to par.  I am still giving it 2 out of 5 stars because it wasn’t terrible.  Just wasn’t very good.

* *  Spicy Chorizo and Pulled Chicken with Black Beans – Meh.  I was disappointed in this one.  I like everything in it.  However, there was some flavor that Campbell’s added that makes it not all that great.  Maybe it’s just because it comes in a bag.  Who knows?

Has anyone else tried these?

The Green Pan

Almost a year ago, I got this green skillet.  ‘Or-green-ic’ skillet, to be exact.  It’s an Aluminum skillet, with a green sparkly ceramic coating.  I was excited to try it, but other things came up…like work, moving, and well – life.

A few days ago, I was in the mood for eggs, so I got out the green pan, and read its directions.  I was supposed to ‘cure’ it.  I needed to rub vegetable oil all over the green surface, then put it on the stove on medium heat, and let it cook until it started to smoke.  I did that.

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After that was done, I was supposed to be ready to cook anything in it.  The ads for the green pan say that you can cook anything in it WITHOUT grease.  My first foray into green-pan cooking was sauteed Brussels sprouts, WITH grease (butter, to be precise).  You can’t saute Brussels sprouts without butter or oil.  You just can’t.

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In any case, the next day, I was finally ready to try this pan WITHOUT grease.  Mmmmm!  Eggs!

It went well, to start.

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Here’s a video showing how nicely it came off the pan, and was turned over. Push the ‘play button’ in the middle to make it go.

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Once they were turned over, it began to stick a bit.  Don’t get me wrong, the eggs were delicious.

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However, I wasn’t expecting to see this in the bottom of the pan.  The eggs DID stick.  I can still recommend this pan highly, as these eggs really and truly were cooked without any kind of grease.  I like it!  I’m excited to use it again!

Do any of you have this pan?!  What do you think of it?

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