The great thing about day after day of rain is it has taken care of the drought in Northern California. We needed this rain so bad, but we’ve also gotten used to the reliability of a sunny day. Dogs are more happy because they can spend all day outside, yelling at the neighbors. People are happy, because their dogs are yelling outside and not inside while they try to work. These rainy days – as much as we need them – are kind of a bummer. Like a wet blanket on the plans you hoped to make for the day. That being said, there is one, fail-proof way to take on a rainy day – SOUP.

Yes, soup. An Asian-inspired soup to be exact. Last night, Ben got to work on the best tasting soup I have EVER tasted. No lie. You’re gonna love it.

Here’s another gem from Ben’s Kitchen:

First, crisp some bacon in your pot. Set aside and cook your mushrooms in the bacon fat left in the pot – add some salt, pepper, cumin to taste.


Set the mushrooms aside and add some sesame oil to your pot. Throw in some sliced ginger, lemongrass, and star anise and cook for a couple of minutes. Grab a soup sock and throw those in there and set aside.

Your pot is smelling amazing right about now, so add in some onions, garlic, celery and carrots to brown. Add two cups of wine and then your chicken stock, water, and miso paste. Throw the leftover of the carrots, onions, cilantro stems, etc into the sock, place in your pot, and boil.

As your soup starts to cook, start chopping up your cooked bacon, some jalapeno, shallots, cilantro, cabbage, carrots, limes, and noodles.

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Once your soup is ready, throw out the soup sock and start putting your bowls together!

The difference between my bowl and Ben’s bowl:

My bowl.


Ben’s bowl.


I mean…which one has OCD?

His bowl is as beautiful as this soup tastes. Grab a spoon and dig in!

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