One of the best parts of winter is indulging in a nice warm bowl of soup when the temperatures outside make you want to bundle
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under a blanket. January is National Soup Month, so get ready to indulge in a delicious bowl of soup that's going to warm you from the inside. In NYC where the average max temperature in January is 39 degrees, there are plenty of ways and reasons to celebrate the occasion.
Donate to a food pantry
Not everyone has the ability to celebrate National Soup Month without a little assistance, so purchase some cans of soup and donate them to a local food pantry. Check out your local dollar store, which often sells good-quality (not expired) soup for much less than what you would pay in a grocery store. Check out this list for more information on where to donate in NYC.
Learn new recipes
There are plenty of easy and delicious soup recipes to learn during National Soup Month in January. Making Spicy Chicken Soup takes less than an hour and requires using ingredients such as chili powder, salsa, tomato soup and sour cream. To make Italian Sausage Soup, you'll need a handful of ingredients including beans, zucchini, spinach and garlic. Making Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup requires simple ingredients such as chicken broth, heavy cream, boneless chicken breast and flour. To make Clam Chowder, one of my favorite soups, you'll need potatoes, carrots, clams, leek soup mix and half-and-half. You can also put bacon in; I prefer mine without.
Take a class
If you would rather take a class to learn some new soup recipes during National Soup Month in January, there are a variety of classes to choose from at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. One option is the $110 Cold Weather Soups and Salads class; another is the Hearty Winter Soups, Breads and Desserts class, which is also $110. You'll learn how to make a variety of soups including Black Bean Soup and Chicken Soup.
Visit a restaurant
Going to a restaurant is a great way to get together with friends over bowls of mouth-watering soup. There are plenty of places to go to in NYC, but two are certainly worth checking out. One option is Momofuku Noodle Bar on 1st Avenue, where you can find delicious ramen in hearty portions. Another option is Hale and Hearty on West 16th Street where you can find various types of soups including gazpacho and chicken vegetable.
There are a variety of ways to celebrate National Soup Month, especially if you're in NYC, so put on some comfortable clothing and prepare to enjoy a hearty, delicious bowl of soup worthy of warming you up on a cold winter's day.
Photo copyright belongs to Charles Haynes via Flickr.