A confession: since I was a small child, I have loved Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup. Particularly for breakfast--or make that brunch, since I typically have my first meal late in the morning between 10 and 11 a.m. As an adult I usually doctor it, but to be honest it's perfectly fine just plain, made with less milk than the can reccomends and lots of ground black pepper. There's always a can or two in the pantry for those emergency days when there's nothing else about for me to eat and a mid-morning warmup sounds good.
And so it was that I was grabbing some groceries on the other side of the border the other day and discovered Campbell's Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup (my label's in French). I've never seen it on this side.
I just had it for breakfast, and here's the news: it's good. The mushrooms chunks in it vary in mouthfeel: I guessed shitake and oyster or straw mushrooms--several pieces had that slithery feel. But the label only owns up to crimini and shitake (not that crimini qualifies as wild in my book). It's definitely more complex than the original, and there's a bold beefy flavor to it. For those of you who cannot face Thanksgiving without that green bean dish, if you can find this product you'd be very pleased with the substitution.
And if you're just an idiot like me who sometimes stoops to canned soup, then this is something to look for, too.
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov