And the winner? Ree Drummond (AKA the Pioneer Woman) who didn't make it on to Bobby Flay's "Throwdown" for nothing: This tortilla soup was, miles away, the best I've ever had, rich with homemade chicken stock and roasted chile powder. While the tomato soup would've been amazing in midsummer (the out-of-season organic Romas from my local supermarket were starchy and bland), and the mushrooms gave a beautiful umami kick to the cabbagey cauliflower, the tortilla soup was a knockout---rich without being heavy, profoundly chickeny, and the perfect level of spicy.
Next up: Stephan Pyles' (unfortunately not online) vegan black and white bean soup.
Soup and Bread is next Sunday at 5:30 pm.