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?

11 comments:

Janice Strong said...

Nothing like a homemade soup. Had chicken recently and loved it. My son is visiting from MS and he loves to cook. So, he made it! There is no comparison the any canned soup which has high sodium!!

Shirley said...

I am not much for cooking but I really like chili or beef stew with a grilled cheese sandwich. My idea of comfort food during the cold months. Or popcorn!

Heather said...

I love making homemade beef stew and chicken soup (loaded with carrots--the only veggie allowed in mine) on cold weekend days. I always make enough to freeze a few bowls for later.

ladyvyvian said...

I like tomato soup the best, next is chicken noodle but I buy the Healthy canned kind.

Lori said...

I love, love, love Hot & Sour Soup. Yum!

I also enjoy potato soup and homemade beef stew. So very good!

And I'm with you. Soup must be hot. Period. That is all.

Linda McDonald said...

I agree that soup needs to be hot! I love potato soup (I don't make it myself), and chicken noodle, and chili too.

Chaplain Jan said...

I love homemade chicken noodle, but mine never turns out right. But I make really good beef vegetable soup & chili & I love them, too.

Rachelle21 said...

The only soup we make is cabbage soup. We use short ribs of beef which we brown in the pot. Take out the meat, fill with water and put in cut up cabbage. We usually add beans, carrots, and what ever vegetables we have around. Then put meat back in and eventually tomato paste. We cook it until meat falls off the bone. It freezes well.

Aurian said...

I was in a very fancy restaurant a few weeks ago, and as an amuse they served a tiny glass with a cold soup: cucumber and apple and foam of blue vein cheese with a drop of pecan oil. And I though, how can that be good? But I tried, and it was wonderful! I loved it! But, well, an amuse is a very tiny glass.
I like soup, my favourite is mushroom soup, but my boyfriend makes a nice vegetable soup with herbs.

Jody said...

Our family favorite is the 27 ingredient chili from The 27-Ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders by Nancy Pickard. We love it. It freezes well. Makes a lot. We don't put in the mushrooms or use the sour cream so I guess it's really 25 ingredient chili. 8-)

Anonymous said...

Dedicated vegatarian, I make my Moms homemade soup receipes, split pea and vegatable, potato are favorites. The smell and process of cooking them bring back memories of Mom that are precious.