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It's All About Soup

As I sit here writing this, I'm enjoying a cup of homemade vegetable beef , partially made from homegrown . That always brings out the earth mother part of me. It's satisfying to consume something you have grown, even if you have to mix it with things you did not grow. I had been planning to make this soup all week, but just didn't have the time or energy until today.

This is what I call a dump soup. I use what I have. So today I picked some kale and chard. I cleaned and chopped it and put it aside while I browned some ground beef with some chopped onions and garlic. I dumped it in the with a one liter package of organic chicken broth, two cans of Swanson chicken broth, two cans of organic chopped tomatoes, three chopped zucchini, and a few chopped white mushrooms. I added lots of oregano and thyme, and brought it to a boil before turning it down to low. I just about have to leave it simmering all night because until I eat more of it, there's no room for it in the refrigerator. You can see how full that pot is.

I always feel better when I have homemade soup in the house ready to eat. I think I will freeze part of this tomorrow for one of those days when I need soup but don't have time to make any. It's still flu season, and one just never knows when soup may be needed.

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BarbRad wrote on February 12, 2015, 2:03 AM

I have to laugh. For once I got something other than the dreaded Progressive commercial in my Captcha. I got something appropriate: "Reap what you sow." That seemed to fit this post.

motrojam wrote on February 12, 2015, 3:08 AM

I am not familiar with most of the vegetables used in your home-made soup. I thought zucchini was the same as our patola but I was mistaken.

BeckyWiegers wrote on February 12, 2015, 6:15 AM

It's definitely soup weather! We often make vegetable beef and cream of potato, but one of my very favorites is Stuffed Pepper soup. Have you tried it?

BeadDoodler wrote on February 12, 2015, 7:28 AM

Your soup sounds good! That's the way I cook most of the time. Dump what I have in a pot. Since I live alone after years of cooking for a family, I rarely cook a meal for one. I cook like I did for a family and freeze single portions. Then when I don't want to cook, I dip my hand in the "surprise" section of my freezer and take out whatever I grab. :)

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 12, 2015, 10:05 AM

Looks yummy. I may have to dig in the freezer and see what meats I have there and make soup tonight too.

nbaquero wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:13 AM

barbrad That must be a great feeling being able to use your home grown veggies. I am (unfortunately) just a consumer and all my food comes from the grocery store.

Carmelanirel wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:22 AM

Oh that looks so good and if you don't mind, I want to copy how you made this. For some reason soup is one dish I can never make right, so whenever I get homemade soup is if my husband feels like making it.

LeaPea2417 wrote on February 12, 2015, 1:48 PM

That sounds real good and yes I also make those kind of soups "dump soups" where I will use what I have at the moment in the refrigerator or in cans. It always turns out great.

BarbRad wrote on February 13, 2015, 3:21 AM

Kale and chard are leafy greens. I grow them right next to the flowers. Zucchini is a green Italian squash.

BarbRad wrote on February 13, 2015, 3:21 AM

No. I've never heard of stuffed pepper soup, but I love stuffed peppers.

BarbRad wrote on February 13, 2015, 3:24 AM

I never could see the sense in cooking for just one or two unless it's something like a sandwich. I'd rather cook once and make it last. I froze most of the turkey breast I cooked for Thanksgiving and I've gotten many sandwiches out of it when I wanted a break from my normal meals.

AliCanary wrote on February 13, 2015, 1:26 PM

At first I thought you said "dumb soup", hee hee! It sounds really good--it's amazing that you can still get things from the garden in February, even in North America!

LilyDay wrote on February 13, 2015, 2:27 PM

I make a lot of soups-- especially in winter. Last night, I made a vegetarian (of course) barley and vegetable soup. I didn't cook the kale into the soup; instead, I added a little at the bottom of the bowls, and the heat of the soup wilted it just slightly.

I am looking forward to the return of farmers' market season. Granted, there's a chance there might still be snow on the ground for the opening of "our" market.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 14, 2015, 9:16 PM

This is Guiness the Cat. I want some! Please send it by Monday because it might snow Tuesday. I promise I'll let Debbi have the vegetables. I'll just eat the hamburger and broth.

BarbRad wrote on February 15, 2015, 3:24 AM

We'll still eating ours. It's good when it starts to cool off at night.

BarbRad wrote on February 15, 2015, 3:25 AM

It's really easy to add edible greens to a flower bed. That's where I keep my kale, and it looks nice there.

BarbRad wrote on February 15, 2015, 3:27 AM

I have never been about to do chicken or turkey noodle soups. I like this soup because it works for me. I shared how I make the soup, do help yourself and dump whatever you have into it.

BarbRad wrote on February 15, 2015, 3:36 AM

I find they are a great way to get greens inside us.

BarbRad wrote on February 15, 2015, 3:38 AM

I'm in the southern part of North American on the West Coast. I walked past a ripe fruit on a cactus this afternoon.

BarbRad wrote on February 15, 2015, 3:39 AM

We have farmers' markets year round here. Currently strawberries are big, as are citrus and avocados.

BarbRad wrote on February 15, 2015, 3:41 AM

Sorry, Guiness. You'll have to send a courier. I have no way to get that far by any time next week.

Carmelanirel wrote on February 15, 2015, 5:18 PM

I did, but I probably won't have time until either spring break or between semesters. Thanks!

LilyDay wrote on February 16, 2015, 1:20 PM

We have farmers' markets during winter here, too. However, I am looking forward to when the season is in full swing. Winter offerings are good but more limited.

BarbRad wrote on February 16, 2015, 3:29 PM

That's true. But it's the only time I can get my husband's favorite watermelon radishes.

LilyDay wrote on February 17, 2015, 4:02 PM

It's funny that you mention them. I just bought one the other day. I've never had them before.