This soup was amazing on a recent rainy winter day. I find this flavor combination heavenly, but you can replace some of the blue cheese with goat cheese or cream cheese if blue is too strong for you. Brandy adds richness and depth of flavor.
My favorite thing about summer is the produce. Yellow, sweet Rainier cherries, refreshing watermelon, farm-fresh corn and tomatoes, and peaches.
My initial sentence on this when I first uploaded the picture was, “For some reason, lemons give me hope for spring.” Then I typed in the recipe and that was all she wrote, so to speak.
Joe and my father love this dish. And I like it, too (a la Irish Spring soap commercial). I guess for them it’s hard to go wrong with bacon, seafood and pasta. The recipe is from the ’80s cookbook Better Homes and Gardens’ Fish & Seafood. I’ve added my changes, which include using turkey bacon except on special occasions and cutting back on the butter.