I was eager to try this week's French Friday's with Dorie pick of Corn Soup (pg 60). I've never actually had corn soup before, but I love corn and I love soup--especially Dorie's soups--so I was happy to get this one in before corn season is over.
I hate to admit it, because I wanted so badly to love this soup, but I was underwhelmed. Maybe the corn in my area is passed it's peak, though it tasted sweet when I ate raw kernels, or maybe my corn to onion ratio was off. I used four cobs-worth of corn instead of the recommended three, and it still looked skimpy, compared to that giant onion. I don't know what it was, but the soup just didn't turn out very corny. Milky, lightly sweet, and it had cheerful little specks of orange (carrot) and green (the rosemary, maybe?), but even with the bacon, corn kernel, and scallion topping, the best word I can come up with to describe it is "mellow." It was nice, but not what I'd imagined. I feel like corn soup should have chunks of corn in it, more than the scattering I added as a topping.
The soup tasted fine, and would be a nice thing to make if you came into an abundance of corn, but if it was up to me, I don't think I'd make it again. However, Charlie LOVED this soup. He ate two bowls of it! He's never eaten corn when I've given it to him, so my expectations were low, but his whole face lit up when he tried it. Yahoo! That's enough to make me make it again.
Conclusion: Just okay for me, but it's Charlie-approved!
On another tangent, I have a question, in preparation for the madeleine recipe we'll be baking later this month. Does anyone know if you NEED to buy a special pan to make these? Is the shape only decorative, or does it also change the way the madeleine cooks? If I can get away with baking them in a cupcake tray or something, I'd like to, because I don't need such a uni-purpose pan cluttering up my shelves.
Sorry if I sound cranky. Since I went to the dentist last week, I've periodically gotten unprovoked toothaches in the tooth he drilled (and drilled, and drilled). I'm mid-toothache as I write this, so I apologize if I'm surly.