Nothing beats chicken soup, whenever! Few foods are easier to make, more impressive to serve, or comforting to eat than soup. Especially the thick, creamy kind. Falling into three catehories -- cream soups, pureed soups, and bisques or chowders -- with this recipe, you'll be well on your way to decadent dinners in a bowl. This Southwestern Cream of Chicken Soup is thickened with a roux before adding cheese for texture and flavor. When adding cheese, even a great meltting one like pepper Jack, separatng is possible -- so here's is how to avoid it: (1) Don't let soup boil the cheese will break up & curdle.. (2) Use an acid like wine or beer to help prevent curdling. (3) Be sure to use whole milk. Its high milk fat content means it's less likely to curdle.:) Try this spiced-up version with tortilla or pita chips for dipping. CuisineAtHome - Issue 83 - October, 2010.