When my 7 yo dd had to list all of her favorites for her English class (she's in foreign language immersion, but has one hour of English each day), she listed Split Pea Soup as her favorite food.
I use a few slices of bacon, render the fat, and soften the onions and carrots in that before adding anything else. And I use good chicken stock instead of water. A bay leaf and a touch of cayenne. Can't beat it for a day like today. So rich and creamy... without any cream! Yum!! I'm going to make some today, now!!
Life is too short to eat processed, artificially-colored, chemically-preserved, genetically-modified food. Or maybe that IS why life's too short.