Several years ago, I took a series of cooking classes at an adult education center, which featured local chefs from the Boston area. One of my favorite classes was taught by Marjorie Druker, chef and owner of The New England Soup Factory, not only because I loved the soups she made, but also because of her wonderful personality, and all of the fabulous cooking tips she shared with us. When I stumbled upon the New England Soup Factory Cookbook at a bookstore a few years later, I knew it would be a staple in my kitchen. One of my favorite recipes from the book is this soup, and I make it every winter when I crave some Caribbean warmth and flavor. This is her recipe with a few minor modifications.