I bought a can of Campbell's Cheddar Cheese soup the other day because – as crazy as it sounds – it was one of the healthier soups in the aisle in regards to saturated fat and sodium. One gram of saturated fat a serving, and 410 milligrams of sodium.
I finally had the soup tonight, though I don't think it would be fair for me to review it since I forgot to add the can of skim milk as instructed by the back of the can. I essentially had a bowl of nacho cheese sauce. Oops.
It did, however, bring back memories of soups past. Like most Americans, soup has been a big part of my life. The following three soups, in particular, had an affect on me:
3. French onion soup – This soup was one of the food items that taught me that just because a food was strange, didn't mean it was horrible tasting. I have no idea how I ended up ordering French onion soup in my early teens, but it somehow ended up in front of my one night out at a restaurant. It was glorious and delicious. The melted cheese on top covering the bowl. The onion soup hidden beneath. Before this, I refused to eat anything other the chicken noodle soup. French onion soup changed all that.
2. Chicken noodle soup – Nothing said childhood like chicken noodle soup. That being said, I never really liked chicken noodle soup. Not all memories are great ones.
1. Broccoli cheese soup – When I had my wisdom teeth pulled out in college, I survived the following week by eating nothing by Wendy's Frostys and broccoli cheese soup. Best. Week. Ever.
• Joe Grace is a writer who lives in Chicago with his wife. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.