This French Fridays with Dorie recipe was a great experience for me. I did two things I've never done before. One, is pictured below. Dorie has you put cilantro stems, coriander seeds, star anise, and peppercorns in a cheesecloth in the stockpot. I liked how this added flavor the soup. I could see using this concept on other soups. I always lose those darn bay leaves you're supposed to remove before serving and there was that one time I pureed the darn bay leave into the pot of soup.
I thought the soup was okay. There was a flavor in it that wasn't wild about and I'm not sure what it was. I think maybe it was the anise, although I normally like that flavor. My husband loved the soup and was delighted to have all the leftovers to himself. The toddler and baby both liked the soup too.