Saturday, January 10, 2009

Quick Links: Soup Month

"A hasty plate of soup"

As I sorta promised way back in December:) I am trying to trim down some of my posts. Not a big surprise considering January is not only National Soup Month but also, UG, National Diet Month.

The "Quick Links" label, which I first used the other day for Elvis's birthday, is my solution for now. I'm in the midst of trying to re-organize this blog, as I'm sure many of you are also doing, and also experimenting with the updated Hospitality Search Engine on the left. It's really working out good especially for posts like today. There are so many comforting recipes beneath the ever growing tree of blog posts, I thought it might be interesting to revisit some soup posts I have encountered trying out the search engine. Some of the recipes may be as recent as this year and even more are those posted eons ago. First, I would like to share the poem I posted for National Soup Month last year. For those of you who have already seen it, please bear with me but I just LOVE these kinds of poems:) I also posted two recipes. One for Joan Fontaine's Soup from A Meal In Itself by Mary Frost Mabon copyright 1944 and the other, which I scanned from The Master Book of Soups by Henry Smith, published by Spring Books and printed in Czechoslovakia. You can see that recipe for winter soup as scanned right here. (I hope:) It is a hearty winter soup made with oatmeal. Quite appropriately, I thought, since January is also National Oatmeal Month.

"One morning in the garden bed,
The onions and the carrots said
Unto the parsley group
"Oh when shall we three meat again
In thunder, lightning, hail or rain?"
Alas, replied in tones of pain
The parsley, In the Soup!"

Neither can I ignore the introduction given to soups in the 1894 edition of Recipes Tried and True available to read online right here. (its the cookbook nut in me, I'm afraid:)

The best soups are made with a blending of many flavors. Don't be afraid of experimenting with them. Where you make one mistake you will be surprised to find the number of successful varieties you can produce. If you like a spicy flavor, try two or three cloves, or allspice, or bay leaves. All soups are improved by a dash of onion, unless it is the white soups, or purees from chicken, veal, fish, etc. In these celery may be used.In nothing so well as soups can a housekeeper be economical of the odds and ends of food left from meals. One of the best cooks was in the habit of saving everything, and announced one day, when her soup was especially praised, that it contained the crumbs of gingerbread from her cake box!

Creamed onions left from a dinner, or a little stewed corn or tomatoes, potatoes fried or mashed, a few baked beans--even a small dish of apple sauce--have often added to the flavor of soup. Of course, all good meat gravies, or bones from roast or fried meats, can be added to the contents of your stock kettle. A little butter is always needed in tomato soup.

Stock is regularly prepared by taking fresh meat (cracking the bones and cutting the meat into small pieces) and covering it with cold water. Put it over the fire and simmer or boil gently until the meat is very tender. Some cooks say, allow an hour for each pound of meat. Be sure to skim carefully. When done take out meat and strain your liquid. It will frequently jelly, and will keep in a cold place for several days, and is useful for gravies, as well as soups.

This list of soup recipes is only a small selection of what I uncovered in the Hospitality Search Engine. It's working out so well, I've decided to add more links when I find time. They are in no particular order and gleaned from an assortment of bloggers. I've chosen to omit the blog names as I thought it might be fun to be surprised when you arrive. I suppose I am really in a soupy mood today because the forecast here in New York, which is going to prevent me from going home to PA tomorrow:( is dismal, cold and "snow like." I have a feeling it is already snowing in PA:(Have FUN! Stay warm:) 

1. Oven- Roasted Mushroom Soup
2. Baked Salmon in a Saffron-Tomato Broth
3. Broccoli and Sharp Cheddar Soup
4. Tony Roma's Baked Potato Soup
5. Broccoli Cheese Soup (in a bread bowl)
5. Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Soup
6. Lung Cleansing, Nutritious Watercress Soup Good For Smokers
7. Split Pea & Chorizo Soup
8. Curried Carrot Ginger Soup
9. Carrot & Kale Soup
10. French Onion Soup
11. Creamy Beetroot Soup with Horseradish & Caraway
12. Artichoke Soup with Pesto
13. Artichoke & White Bean Soup
14. Chicken Tortellini Florentine Soup
15. Healthy Chinese Chicken Soup
16. Macaroni Soup
17. Red Miso Soup
18. Mexican Winter Squash Soup
19. Potato Chive Soup
20. Red Lentil & Vegetable Soup
21. Red Lentil & Mint Soup
22. 16 Bean Soup
23. Bacon & Lentil Soup
24. Pinto Bean Soup

I stumbled upon Karen Cooks just this morning and was delighted to discover she has a cookbook giveaway going on just in time for National Soup Month. The book is titled Simply Soup. The giveaway is opened to everyone so you might just want to check it out! I'm also thinking about offering a giveaway, I just haven't figured out what and when. I have so many plans simmering this year but first I must get a bit more organized!

P.S. If you have a soup link you would like to add, be my guest. I'm trying to figure out how the "create a link" works but alas, I think I might be "create a link" challenged! As I end this post, It is Snowing!

Oh! one more thing, The "catch phrase" Where's the Beef? was first spoken on this day by that spunky little lady Clara Peller. These days, fast food visitors are more likely to ask "Where's the Beef? Look Hard to Find It!"

Resources (these links are previous posts)
1. National Diet Month! (except this one:)
2. National Soup Month 2008
3. National Oatmeal Month
4. Oatmeal Day January 2, 2008
5. The Invention of Tomato Soup
6. Dr. John Thompson Dorrance and condensed soup


  1. Hi Louise - a perfect evening for soup in New York, don't you think? I think I will celebrate for the entire month!

  2. It was a perfect evening for soup in the Hamptons. I opted for good old fashioned Italian Wedding Soup with tiny venison meatballs. It was wonderful!

  3. Thanks for posting the link to my blog, Louise! All those soups sound so delicious, but this one really caught my eye: Baked Salmon in a Saffron-Tomato Broth... I'm going to have to look into that!

  4. Excellent collection of soups! Now where to begin . . . .


  5. Hi Karen, and thank you. The Baked Salmon in Saffron Tomato Broth is on my list also. I'm growing (hopefully) Saffron for the first time and am compiling a list of recipes to try.

    Foodvox, why not begin at the TOP!

    What a GREAT month to celebrate soup, don't you think, Duckie?

  6. Thanks for the soup link love :)

    Looks like LOTS of great choices for chilly weather cooking! Now, I wonder if we'll ever get our chilly weather back here in Southern California~!

  7. Thanks for visiting Lori. Oh how I wish our weather would warm up. I'd even take 30 degrees these days!


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