Friday, September 28, 2012

Soup season is on!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Last week I talked about sweater time.  Well, what follows next is soup time.

I love soup, but never a cold one.  Not gazpacho, not borscht, nor any fruit-flavored "soup."  My mom once had cold peach soup on a cruise that she said was wonderful.  In fact, her tablemate ate it as a first course and dessert, bit I don't think I'd care for it just because it's cold.  Soup is supposed to be hot!

We eat a lot of roast chicken (one of my favorite meals) and when we're done, I save and freeze the carcasses. Over the summer we've accumulated a LOT of chicken carcasses, which freaks out Mr. L when he opens our chest freezer.  We had a rainy cold day and since both of us had been under the weather, I felt it was time to make homemade chicken soup.

I have a HUGE pot that I filled with water and chicken skeletons and boiled them for five hours.  Next, I put in a load of carrots, leeks, celery, lima beans, and any other vegetable I could lay my hands on.  The result?  A whole lotta soup, and boy is it good.  It's not full of sodium or other preservative chemicals--just a good dose of ground black peppercorns and some poultry seasoning.  And best of all, I have ten lunches frozen so that on any given (10) day(s) I have a wonderful lunch just ready to that/heat and eat.  Come winter, I'll be making a lot of 16-Bean soup, which is hearty enough  to be a dinner in itself.

So what's your favorite soup and do you make it yourself?