Instead of hot chocolate or more coffee, I made one of my favorite winter soups - quick, earthy, and warming mushroom soup with thyme. It's a soup I never tire of in the winter and it couldn't be easier to make.
Quick Mushroom Soup
This is for just one cup, but it is easily multiplied. You can also make this vegetarian by using vegetable stock, but I prefer the chicken stock.
1 cup sliced white mushrooms
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon thyme (I love thyme!)
1 cup hot chicken stock
1 tablespoon or so of sliced scallion greens
freshly ground pepper or a dash of hot sauce
Saute the mushrooms in the butter until golden and toasty. Add the hot stock, the thyme, the scallions, and the pepper and stir.
Remove from heat and scrape into a blender and puree on high.
Pour into a cup and stir in a dash of hot sauce. Enjoy !