Good Soups: White Bean, Sweet Potato and Tasso Soup

I love a good hearty soup in the winter time. This year I tried a new soup–White Bean, Sweet Potato and Tasso Soup. The inspiration for this recipe is a Cuban soup and comes from a tiny restaurant featuring International foods in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. With spring arriving; I need to get this recipe post done.

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Loaded Baked Potato Soup


Here’s a favorite family soup, “Loaded Baked Potato Soup.” It is a soothing soup; welcome on a cold winter night. When I bake potatoes, I often bake a few extra and then make this creamy, flavorful soup. There’s something about this soup made with potatoes — a comfort food — which is very satisfying.Baked Potato Soup - 1 - IMG_1995_1

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Savory Vegetable Beef Soup

Hot soup and sandwich on a cold winter day makes a heart-warming, soothing meal. Savory Vegetable Beef Soup reminds me of a soup served at a small restaurant, Ludwig’s Center Stage Cafe, in upstate New York.The deli shoppe at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester serves sandwiches and wraps named after composers and musical compositions. Their vegetable beef soup was full of healthy vegetables and beans.Savory Vegetable Beef Soup - IMG_6752_1 Continue reading

Chicken Noodle Soup with Root Vegetables

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is soothing to the soul and body. My soup is healthy, too, full of aromatic root vegetables—carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips, rutabaga and onions–available in autumn.  I’m taking the easy route to making the home-cooked broth by using rotisserie chickens; these will make a flavorful stock which is essential to good soup.Chicken Noodle Soup with Root Vegetables - IMG_5984_1 Continue reading

French Onion Soup

One of my favorite dishes which I like to order when eating out at restaurants is French Onion Soup–steaming broth loaded with onions and melted cheese over croutons. I was surprised to discover that my children–who dislike onions of any sort in cooked dishes–also like the soup. And it is not hard to make at home; a great soup on a cold winter day.

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Roasted Tomato Soup

Do tomatoes grow in Louisiana? Yes, they do. I have not had much luck, however, at growing them in my garden. But thanks to roadside stands and farmers’ markets, I purchased some juicy, ripe tomatoes. And I saved a recipe for “Roasted Tomato Soup”, hoping for the right occasion to use it.

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Chicken Soup with Airy Matzoh Balls

Passover begins with a Seder service, which tells of the story of the exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt, followed by an elegant meal. The highlight of the meal for me is always Chicken Soup with Matzoh Balls. The matzoh balls should be light and airy; they should float-not sink. This year I’m on a time crunch, here is a simple soup with amazingly airy matzoh balls and fresh vegetables for flavor. It is easy to make and I think it’s pretty good.

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Louisiana Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Incredibly, we’re headed into several more days of freezing sleet and snow here in Louisiana. Haven’t seen this much icy weather in several years. Schools and businesses are closed; so we’re basically on lock-down. At least it would be wise to stay home and warm today and tomorrow.  Start a fire in the fireplace, do some cooking, check the blogs.

Looking around my kitchen for things to cook in this cold weather, hearty stews and gumbos come to mind. Gumbo is uniquely Louisiana; every cook probably their own recipe variation. It’s origin really isn’t know; to me it represents a melting pot of all the cultures and foods that were brought to Louisiana. Gumbo is served in southern Louisiana at about every social event–weddings, parties, church gatherings, buffets lines–I even went to a funeral in a very rural area for an deseased employee and found gumbo served at the wake!

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Gumbo is essentially a dark brown meaty, flavorful soup/stew served with rice; some cooks prefer thin soups, some like thicker. It’s adaptable to many ingredients that a person may have on hand in their kitchen. My favorite is Chicken and Sausage Gumbo.

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