I can specifically remember at least two times in my life where I went to a restaurant, and when asked what I wanted for dessert, I ordered a second bowl of the soup which I had at the beginning of the meal.
In Maine , Corn Chowder ( when I was like 10 years old)
In Rhode Island, Lentil Soup ( this past summer)
And I almost always leave the chinese restaurant with an extra 2 quarts of Hot and Sour soup to take hom ( usually gone within a day)
larry, larry, with those words you are a man of my heart, larry. great soup for meal openers, and more great soup for 'dessert' at the end! my mom, aka 'sweet tooth', always maintained that she had a special stomach for dessert. my own stomach has never worked that way. i just get a signal that tells me, "forget dessert. who needs it? whatever room we have left in there, let's just fill it up with more of that delicious soup!...or, one more slice of that juicy pork loin, gravy and mashed potatoes, more red cabbage...." sometimes i'll come back for a taste or a dish of a really special dessert, but more often than not, if the meal's remains are anywhere in the vicinity, i end up just heating up another bowl of soup, or snagging a piece of meat, good at any temperature....all of the best cooks i have known in my life, have also been masterful at soup-making--have had to be, in my book....
I could not think of one soup that I loved more then any. I'm an absolutes soup nut! BTW, thanks for the CP Cioppino, Udon Noodle, and the Cream of Reuben recipes. I'm salivating just thinking of them.
I would like to send a shout out for a nice Albondigas.
Its a cool rainy week here so soup will be on the stove tomorrow. I have a ham bone in the freezer. =o)