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Soup is Good Food

Posted Thursday, March 8, 2012, at 11:30 PM

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The menu in our household growing up was mainly meat and potatoes, but we also had Soup Night to give Mom a break from time to time. Two or three of us always choose the Bean with Bacon soup. Our Mom and Rick had Oyster Stew. There was even a pan of Tomato for anyone wanting something different.

I remember reading a book once about a family living in NY during the depression. Their mother had a pot of soup cooking on the stove every day. She would add a little more water and a couple more vegetables if company came. Or she would send one of the children down to the butcher to get a bone.

I love making homemade soup. Everything can be left up to your imagination with a good vegetable soup. You can have meat or not. You can make it spicy or creamy. Or, you can do it the fast way with a jar of spaghetti sauce, a package of meat balls and a package of frozen vegetables.

My mother-in-law, Merva is famous for her potato soup. At the age of 91, she is still baking homemade bread and keeping a supply of potato soup on hand for company.

Last weekend, my daughter Kelly and her two children went to Bates City to visit and have lunch. Mmmmm Good! I had two helpings.

Our own Mom's beef stew was wonderful especially on a cold windy day. She was no slouch either with her own version of potato soup.

This blog is probably a little too bland and low-key, but I think that we have had too many varieties of jalapenos and not enough creamy comforting soup thoughts.

Soup is good food because all of the ingredients that you throw into the pot will benefit you in a healthy way. You can freeze it or share it with a friend. And some soups taste even better as left-overs.

My own Potato soup is never made the same way. If I am in a hurry, I used frozen O'Brien hash brown potatoes. (Idaho ones of course). Lots of cheese for the top, cooked bacon, milk and anything else to make it as rich as possible.

My really good soup version demands lots of fatty stuff like cream cheese; half & half, real potatoes, ham bits, celery, chopped onions and any of the grated cheese that I have on hand. Spices include very little salt and pepper, celery seeds, garlic powder and anything else in my spice cupboard that makes it taste good. Left-over baked potatoes make good soup too; be generous with the sour cream!

The Stone Soup which has been offered to us as a nation will never bring everyone to the table. No, a desire to dine with each other will require a soup made with love in order to provide the nourishment that we desperately need as a nation.

I challenge invite you to look to your own gardens which are planted in your back yard. What can you bring to the table? Fresh crisp carrots, celery, potatoes or chicken stock? Do you have an onion or leeks to flavor the broth?

Or if you do not have fresh vegetables, can you bring the cooking pot, the table service or some fresh baked bread? A package of grated cheese or crackers?

We all have something to contribute, the key is to keep the balance so that the soup isn't bitter or bland. Spices are fine in small pinches, but the richest flavors come from the onions, garlic or leeks.

Choose one thing that represents you as a contributor to the making of this special soup. No item should be considered unimportant and keep in mind that all of the portions must be carefully measured to make the taste of the soup appealing to everyone.


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I truly wonder how many people will understand this blog. Let me think about what I will bring.

-- Posted by royincaldwell on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 6:19 AM

It is all relevant in the scheme of things. We all write what is upon our hearts.

I have been so blessed with this opportunity. God is Good.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 7:20 AM

Wonderful blog...and stone soup indeed!

I'd like to saute a bit of Chorizo with onions, to spice up a portion of our soup...

and we have ot have dessert, so I'll bring a pan of brownies, with caramel drizzled over... To die for! We'll cut the brownies small, as we are so full of delicioius soup that we've shared.... and to make sure we all get one, No matter our lean...

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 8:34 AM

Was there a bad comment? Says there are 4, but only 3

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 8:39 AM

No, someone posted a commercial

-- Posted by KH Gal on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 8:54 AM

A bunch of firewood, a bag of marshmallows, and some willow sticks be okay?

The sparks headed skyward always calm the spirit for me.

-- Posted by wh67 on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 8:57 AM

I almost forgot my "git fiddle" in case some one knows a good song. I only know three chords, but I can play 'em most anywhere on the neck. :+)

-- Posted by wh67 on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 9:16 AM

ahhh...if we are having Marshmallows... must add graham crackers and chocolate. Hersheys chocolate! And lets NOT forget to have kids to tell stories to!

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 9:19 AM

I'll catch the perch and bring a little salt & Pepper

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 10:00 AM

A little lemon pepper to be sure....

-- Posted by wh67 on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 10:08 AM

Bringing something for soup pot is kind of like a pot luck. You bring something that you like, but isn't too strong or spicy. And those that eat the soup have to remember to be polite. With that in mind I will leave the tripe at home and bring some lean stew beef.

-- Posted by royincaldwell on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 11:35 AM

Thank you very much!

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 11:49 AM

If paper bowls, without the plastic coating please, are the consensus, I'll be glad to do the dishes.

Just toss them on the fading coals and tell another tale...

-- Posted by wh67 on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 1:50 PM

Made me think of the Soup Stone and Dr. Hook. We have to look to ourselves really that no matter the circumstances make the best you can and bring it to the table.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28-XS86op...

-- Posted by Brenda Fincher Publisher MHNews on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 3:15 PM

How about a nice cow's tongue?

-- Posted by royincaldwell on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 6:36 PM

Yep, Brenda

No tongue please Roy, or, maybe just 'on the side' ?????

Might just stick my chorizo on a stick and poke it at the fire....

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 6:54 PM


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Fixing fence is the one of the hardest jobs on a ranch. I no longer live on a ranch, but I do know what hard work is. Fences are everyone's concern, but nowadays,the "hole" is always your neighbor's side not your own. It used to be that you would respect your neighbor and mend the fence together. If their cows got in your field, a simple phone call resolved the problem. You might even saddle up your own horse and help them gather them up. We need more people who are willing to roll their sleeves up and fix the fence regardless of who your neighbor is. There are people in this country who need to be reminded that a fence is like the way you should conduct your life. Your posts should be straight and neat. The wire needs to be stretched tight and your gate might be closed, but can still be easily opened. And most of all, we can all saddle up together and ride the range, it won't matter if you have an Appaloosa, Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred. The cows still have to be gathered, fences have to be fixed, and the range is a wide open space of opportunity for us all.
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