Suits and Soup

As a physician or physician-to-be, there are only a few occasions where you need to wear a suit. One of them happens to be interviewing.

Over the past few months, I’ve been interviewing for residency in anesthesia. Part of the deal is that you wear a suit, and another part is that you ALWAYS have a hospital tour.

On one particular interview, they took us around the Labor and Delivery floor (your friendly anesthesiologist puts in your epidural). There’s about 15 people walking around in dark colored suits (I like to mix things up and wear brown or grey pinstripe instead of black).

Naturally, there were some laboring mammas on the floor as we walked by (birth doesn’t stop for tours).   Most of the time, they don’t noticed groups of people walking by in the halls.

One mother, however, did. And she did not take it well.  She immediately began screaming, and not because of the pains of childbirth.


That was not exactly the effect we were looking for.

We then had to reassure her husband (she was quite inconsolable and still screaming and sobbing) that we were pretty much the farthest thing from lawyers, and then bring her doctor in to further confirm that we were only a bunch of medical students and that the baby was fine.

I really hope she doesn’t sue for emotional damages.

No Lawyers Required Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup

much better at melting snowmen than Campbell’s


  • Olive oil
  • 2 whole bulbs garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 lbs roma tomatoes
  • Garlic Powder
  • Dried Basil
  • 1 c carrots, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 32 oz low sodium chicken broth (can also use vegetable broth)
  • 4 tbsp cornstarch
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 2 c skim milk


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut off tops of whole bulbs of garlic to expose the tops of the cloves. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap in aluminum foil and roast in oven until soft for 35 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Reduce oven heat to 375 degrees. Quarter roma tomatoes and place in greased baking dish. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dried basil. Drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 15-20 minutes until soft and slightly shrunken.
  3. In a large stockpot while tomatoes are roasting, coat bottom with 2 tbsp olive oil. Add in carrots and onions. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and 1 tbsp dried basil. Saute for 15 minutes or until carrots begin to soften.
  4. Mix cornstarch into broth and add to the saucepan. Add in the roasted garlic cloves (you can squeeze them out or use a fork), the roasted tomatoes, and tomato paste.
  5. Simmer over medium heat for 30 minutes or until carrots become tender, stirring occasionally.
  6. Using an immersion blender or a blender, puree soup until your desired consistency.
  7. Return soup to stockpot and add milk. Simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

This makes a lot of soup!  Feel free to serve with your favorite grilled cheese, garnish with shredded mozzarella or parmesan, or freeze for later use.

32 thoughts on “Suits and Soup

  1. OMG, no offense to that new mommy, but that made me laugh out loud! That poor girl. What a site you guys must be!

    Ahhhh, this soup sounds sooooo good right now. Talk about comfort food. Especially with a grilled cheese, yes. I have to print this one out, for the great story and great name you gave the soup.

    Thanks for this 🙂

  2. Your recipes are great.

  3. Love the soup recipe, I will definitely have to give it a try!

  4. As always, a great anecdote (I also laughed out loud…luckily I’m alone right now!), and a great recipe. Thanks!

  5. Oh no for the poor mommy, although as a lawyer myself it did make me chuckle!! And YUM on the recipe – this will have to be added to the rotation soon, tomato soup is my husband’s favorite!

  6. I love how you’re recipes are so simple and dont require a crazy amount of ingredients. =)

    1. As a med student I’m too poor to make anything that has a lot of ingredients 😉 plus I don’t have the time, either!

  7. That’s hilarious and also probably traumatizing for that woman. But I bet you looked good in your suit and, if nothing else, certainly official! Great recipe too 🙂

  8. I’ll follow your recipe next week. Sounds wonderful! A black bean soup with a sour cream & salsas topping took me through the week. Poor woman. . . .she may have had contact with the law and some soup might have calmed her fears.

  9. Very delicious and simple soup recipe that’s essential in this cold weather. Lawyers and litigation appear to be one the disgracefully weak links in the American dream – coming to your town soon, Europe.

  10. Oh the funny things labor and new motherhood does to the brain! 🙂

    Btw, I tagged you for 11 Random Things. Don’t feel obligated to do it but it’s kind of fun!

  11. i know i should feel bad for laughing bc i should understand and sympathize with a laboring mom but bahahahah! that is hysterical!

    love lovve roasted tomato soup, havent made it in ages tho…might have to cuz that looks so freakin good!

  12. I loved the story about the hospital tour. It was really funny.
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  13. Gorgeous soup – tomato soup is so comforting, a hug in a bowl! And yes, I laughed too at the mother in labour (is that allowed)?!

  14. Great story! You never know what emotions are going to rise to the surface after all those hormones surging around during childbirth! Thanks for subscribing to my blog- had to come here and see what was cooking on your end 🙂 LOVE tomato soup – I have some home-canned tomatoes that would be perfect for this!

  15. As a lawyer, this made me laugh. I get that reaction a lot!

  16. I just printed your recipe and plan to prepare for tonight’s meal. Love the ingredient line up…just know it will be tummy pleasing. Thank you!

  17. That looks delicious with the roasted tomatoes! I will have to try it.

  18. To funny! Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the follow, had just a little time and have come for a visit and loved your blog… I am now a follower! Cannot wait to see what you will be up too. This recipe looks and sounds delicious!

  19. Love the balance between your funny stories and delicious looking recipe! Hope this interview went well haha, and that poor mother recovered! Also, thanks for visiting!

  20. Thanks for the follow. I wasn’t sure I’d follow back, but some of those recipes look amazing, and I like how the stories go along with them. I’m sure this will be the first one I try, since my wife loves tomato soup. I don’t, but I’ve only had canned. Maybe this will win me over. If it doesn’t, I’m sure my wife will love it. Can’t say when, but I will try to follow-up after I’ve done it, or re-post it with a link back (is that kosher here?).

  21. Mmmmmm I will definitely be trying this! I LOVE soup. Must make sure I have chewing gum on me that day though, what with all that tasty garlic!

    1. Thankfully since you roast the garlic, you don’t get as much of the odor afterwards!

      1. Ooooh you learn something new everyday! I do love my garlic though!

  22. Oh gosh…I lol’ed so hard I’m now crying..

  23. homemade tomato soup is always awesome 🙂

  24. wow … that’s all i have to say … wow! that and I know what I’m making for dinner this weekend. thanks!

  25. I will definitely try this soup next weekend.

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