Thoughts By Natalie

soup in a bread bowl

On Friday Night, Brian and I attended the Annual Social & Charter Award Ceremony, where Brian received the CFA Charter he’s been working towards for the past four years. I’m so proud of him!

The reason I share this (aside from celebrating Brian’s accomplishment) is to introduce the recipe for the delicious Sunday lunch we made at home. With the event on Friday and drinks with friends on Saturday night, we decided to postpone our usual Friday home-cooking for a bit, and ended up with a delicious semi-homemade Sunday lunch.

Soup In A Bread Bowl
A Semi-Homemade Creation Inspired by Boudin Bakery

Sourdough round loaves
Trader Joe’s Corn & Roasted Red Pepper Soup (or soup of your choice)
Butter lettuce
Trader Joe’s Asian Style Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Cut out the top of each of the sourdough loaves, leaving the bottom in tact so that it can hold the soup. Put the loaves and the tops in the oven to warm and toast for about 10-12 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the soup on the stovetop and prepare the salad by tossing the lettuce with the dressing.
  • When the loaves are warm and toasty, remove them from the oven and slice the tops into cubes for croutons. Toss in the croutons with the salad, and pour the hot soup into the bread bowls.
  • Assemble it beautifully on a plate and you’ve got an easy, homemade lunch or dinner at home!

Did you cook anything fun this weekend?

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  • Robin
    November 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I just discovered your blog yesterday! It’s great. What caught my eye in this post is the CFA. My boyfriend has been studying for the level I CFA exam for the past 6 mos. Making it through Level III is a huge deal! Congrats to both your husband and you! I support by making baked goods. :)

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      November 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      So glad you found me! How funny about the CFA. It’s certainly been a LONG journey and has taught me a lot about patience and selfless love. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thrilled he’s finally finished with it.

      Best of luck to your boyfriend in his exam—I’m sure he’s so thankful for your yummy baked goods :)


  • NatalieMcC
    November 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Made this recipe this past weekend…It was easy and yummy…

    Last night made my weekly stop into Trader Joe’s and came across cauliflower au gratin….O.M.G!! So yummy! Must try!

  • mary beth
    November 15, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    This soup looks so YUM…if only we had a Trader Joes here in Tulsa…

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      November 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Bummer! When I lived in Austin we lacked a Trader Joe’s, too—I feel your pain!

      Don’t let it prevent you from trying this, though. Any soup and any type of dressing you like will do! That’s what I love about this simple recipe—so many options!