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Alphabet, up to "U" 
Apr. 24, 2012 5:28 pm 
Updated: Apr. 25, 2012 1:52 pm
For my "U" soup, I chose Ultimate Potato Soup from right here at AR.  I LOVE potatoes, in any way, shape, or form...    is the link.  It's actually a simple soup, of potato, celery, chicken broth and seasonings.

This was a very basic soup, and actually I found it rather boring, but that's just my opinion!  One of "my ladies" used to make a potato soup for her family, using a milk base, spuds/carrots/celery and adding sliced hot dogs.  She'd thinken hers with "potato flakes."  A rather "novel" idea, I thought.

I guess where I'm going with this is, that potato soup, is simply, "potato soup."  However, I simply have no idea why this particular recipe would be named "Ultimate" potato soup... again, my opinion!  Then, of course, there's the fact that of the many times I've boiled spuds for soup, I think only once I actually followed a recipe.  I like carrot in mine, for color and taste.  I toss in whatever seasonings I feel it needs as it cooks...  I doubt that I've made it the same way twice! 

Perhaps for this series, my choice for "U" was a poor one... but then, how many soups are there out there who's name begins with the letter U? 

So, live and learn...  IF you have a soup you like that begins with the letter U, by all means share, and I might just make another one...  As hot as it's getting here, however, I'm anxious to finish the alphabet series.  Yesterday was, I believe near or at 105!  Not really a "soup" type of day, in my world. 

So, with 6 more to go, I'll wish you all to be...
happy, healthy, and cook crazy!

Apr. 24, 2012 8:20 pm
I can't believe you are up to U already. Seems like just last week you were at A. I'm sorry U wasn't a winner. But if you have leftovers, change it into Vichyssoise!
Apr. 24, 2012 9:38 pm
BigShotsMom, it's not like "U" is the first I've made that was not exactly a "winner!" My "fav's" most surely are the most unhealthy... but hey! The one that stands out in my mind is Cheddar/Beer soup... talk about fat/calories! Just looking fwd to ending with Z! Be well, friend, and we'll chat again!
Apr. 25, 2012 3:08 am
wow Stevie, 105 now thats getting warm there,a lot of us are having a cold spell ...well your soup was simple and if it had been cool out side you might have liked it it up and drink don't have many to go ...later friend....Judy
Apr. 25, 2012 5:00 am
As most recipes present it, Potato Soup is disinteresting. However, it is easily modified to suit the tastes of the cook and can accompany a variety of cuisine. It's nearly neutral palate can can fill that spot on a menu that "seems to be missing something".
Apr. 25, 2012 6:08 am
Hi Stevie . . .Hang in there, you’re very close to the finish line. Crazy clever idea for exploring many different soups or other foods. If in need of ideas when hitting Z, try zucchini; for X searched Xavier Soup on this site up came up empty. Keep us posted, be cool!
Apr. 25, 2012 6:37 am
out of all the soups that start with "U" I think you picked the best one out of the about 10 that are on Allrecipes.
Apr. 25, 2012 1:46 pm
Judy, thankfully we've cooled off some... to darn early (spelled with a "mn") to get that hot! today, cloudy, maybe rain tomorrow, but still in the 80's - my kinda weather! Be well, friend!
Apr. 25, 2012 1:49 pm
Mike, you're right! My original thought tho was to "stick" to the recipe's as printed (so I could "rag" about them, if I didn't like! lol!) Personally, I like carrot in my potato soup! Be well!
Apr. 25, 2012 1:51 pm
ConkyJoe, funny you should mention... I've already found rec's for both Xavier Soup (seems to be a simple chicken broth...) and Zucchini soups! Thanks for the assist tho! Be well!
Apr. 25, 2012 1:52 pm
King, you're probably right per my U choice... guess I'm just used to "winging" potato soup, and dumping in whatever sounds good that day! Be well!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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