This Cream of Mushroom soup should not have the same name as the "stuff" in a can at the grocery store. It is rich, velvety, full of flavor, and perfectly heart-warming on a cold Winter's day. (It is -5 degrees as I write this.) A traditional meal at an estate the caliber of Downton Abbey would likely serve 2 varieties of soups during the Soup Course. We will do the same. Here is the first of our two soup recipes for our Downton Abbey feast. Don't be intimidated to try it. It isn't difficult, and only takes about an hour to prepare. Plus you'll get practice at making a Velouté sauce, one of the five "Mother Sauces", which will come in handy in the future, I promise. Believe me, this soup is spectacular.