Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Dominique's U.S. Senate Bean Soup

I have to say, that when I want to try something weird, I tend to visit international markets like Global Foods in Kirkwood or Jay's International Foods on Grand.  But, the Dierburgs that we visit, is the same one where I found the canned bread.  This time, I passed this can of soup, in the soup aisle at this Dierburgs store and had to place it in the cart.  It seems a strange item with a strange name so I had to give it a try.

The item is called Dominique's U.S. Senate Bean Soup.  Without any exact date of invention, the soup has been served every day, except one, in the restaurant of the U.S. Senate, since the early 1900's.  The one day that soup was not served, was actually September 14, 1943, during World War 2 when the beans were rationed off.  The next day, on the 15th, there was enough beans to make the soup and serve it that day to continue on.  There are several claims of when it was invented and first served, but like most events and things that happen in our wonderful American Government, there was no documented or record-keeping evidence.

The "Dominique"  in the name of the soup, belongs to world class chef, Chef Dominique D'Ermo, who became famous with his restaurant, located in Washington D.C. and his variations of this classic recipe, sold everywhere.  His restaurants have earned 5 stars and his knowledge, is in many cookbooks from pastry to Southern-style cooking.  He had experience working in the hotel and restaurant area since 1962 and opened his first restaurant in D.C. around 1974.  He garnered such praise for his new and interesting French cooking that he recreated the famous traditional soup.

He had a brand, with his name, that was made to can the soups and variety of other things he created.  This soup, is just one of the many variations that you can find anywhere.

The soup is great.  You open it, pour it into a bowl, warm up and eat.  There is no need for added salt, pepper, or even hot sauce.  The soup is perfectly seasoned and tastes like a well-balanced bean soup.  The beans are cooked perfectly, considering I had it in the microwave for only 2 minutes.  The broth is thick, rich, creamy and flavorful.  It is s a surprise as I would never had thought that a can of soup could actually taste this good. If you have a few bucks, I highly suggest buying it the next time you see it anywhere.  It gets a 4 star rating, for a can of soup, in my list.

1 comment:

  1. I know! It's often interesting poking around at international markets to see what unusual products they sell. Asian markets can sometimes yield good finds also.