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Stirring Things Up Again 
Oct. 14, 2011 1:33 pm 
Updated: Aug. 30, 2012 7:43 am

And, this time it is in the form of my all time favorite. SOUP! In my last blog I mentioned DH finding an old box of my cookbooks out in the garage but what I didn't mention is that I pulled out another goodie too which was a soup cookbook (my very first cookbook purchase...go figure) however we were having record breaking hot temperatures at that time so soup was out of the question. But, things have drastically cooled down and I couldn't wait another day to try some of the fun finds I discovered in this book. 

My love of soup goes back as far as I can remember. My first memory of it is when I would have been around three or four. I do not remember much of anything else about daycare except for lunches. I cannot even tell you where my mom went back to work or for how long I was at this place but what I do remember is that lunch consisted of canned chicken noodle soup, cottage cheese, and fruit cocktail EVERY single day. They made us eat everything before we were allowed to go back and play and I remember the soup being the highlight. I hated fruit cocktail (still do) and I remember shoveling it down first to get it out of the way so that I could save the best for last and leave the table on a good note. I never burned out on it and my love for it continued into grade school where opening up my lunch box to find a thermos instead of a sandwich was a big thrill. Mom would sometimes change it up for variety and give me Minestrone or Bean and Bacon but Campbell's Chicken Noodle, Curly Noodle, Noodle-O's etc. were my favorite hands down. Both of my Grandma's even kept it on hand for when I visited them but I remember one time when I was around seven or so, Grandma put a bowl in front of me and first spoonful in I knew something was desperately wrong with it. The noodles were mushy, the broth was cloudy, and the so called chicken was nothing but fatty hunks of nastiness. I was not a picky kid and always just ate what  was put in front of me and plus I would have never complained for fear of hurting my Grandmas feelings. As I sat there choking it down my mind was racing all over the place as to what could be wrong with it. Was it expired? Was it going to kill me? Was there something dead in the bottom of it making it so cloudy?  I waited until she laid down for a nap and I went and pulled the can out of the trash. GASP! It was a yellow can with black writing that said, "Always Save". LOL! Now don't get me wrong, I am grown now and buy generic things whenever I can but there are some things that are just not the same and chicken noodle soup is one of those things for me. Anyway, things must have gotten a little tight with my grandparents because I remember on my next visit, the can soup had been replaced with this new thing to me called Ramen Noodles (chicken flavor naturally) and a new love was discovered. My mom was happy to learn of the good news because she could get them twenty for a dollar back then. My love of them continued well into my teen years where I made them myself. I used the same large saucepan every day where I would fill it up with three times the amount of water they called for and then I would add a chicken bouillon cube. I shudder now thinking back on the sodium content but I didn't know any better back then. When my parents moved to Arkansas and I stayed behind in Colorado, she gave me that pan and I still have it to this day. It is ugly avocado green that doesn't match anything, the wood handle is now loose, and it has a permanent ring stain 3/4 from the top where the Ramen boiled day after day. I eventually grew out of the Ramen phase but my love for soup has never died. Problem was, I was lousy at making it homemade. I remember mom just throwing whatever she had on hand in the pot and it coming out wonderful every single time. I tried my hand at it a few times that way and the results were not so tasty.

I do not remember exactly when it was that I bought my first cookbook but it would have been sometime between after I got married in 1997 and 2000. My mom worked at a little antique mall not even 1/2 mile from my work and I would go spend my hour lunch break with her on the days she worked and that is where I found this little used treasure.


I remember making one which was Pea-Cottage Cheese Soup but it wasn't very good. I had intentions on trying more and even had a few pages bookmarked but for whatever reason, it went up on a shelf and I never opened it up again until just a few weeks ago when DH discovered the box. Judging from what I used to bookmark the pages, the last time I opened this book was in 2000.

DH is not a huge fan of the soup like I am so I only chose four recipes at first and then spaced them out and  made a batch every Sunday so that he only had to have it once and then I took the leftovers to work for lunch.

I will enclose all of the recipes and make note of any changes I made at the bottom. Here is the most unusual one I chose and I was rather pleased with the outcome. It is called Chickumber Chowder.

Beef and Beer-Vegetable Soup


Deviled Chicken Soup (this one was unusual to me too due to the ingredient combo)

Last but not least Meaty Minestrone (VERY hearty)

Fall is in the air so how about whipping up a big pot of piping hot comfort food that is sure to satisfy the soul AND tummy?

Thanks for stopping by, 

Soup Loving Nicole

PS-Here is my beloved "Ramen Pot". I just noticed while outside photographing it that it is Sears brand. As much abuse as this thing has seen, this must have been their Crafsman of the pots and pans to still even be in once piece after all of these years.

Chickumber Chowder-6 servings

1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. white pepper (I used black)
3 cups chicken broth
5 medium cucumbers (about 2 1/2 pounds) peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut up
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1/2 cup long grain rice
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 bay leaves (I added a couple shakes of Italian season blend too)
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1/4 cup snipped parsley

In 3 quart saucepan cook onion in butter till tender but not brown. Blend in flour, salt, and pepper. Stir in chicken broth. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Add cucumber. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Pour half the mixture at a time into blender container. Cover and blend on medium speed for 30 seconds. (I just used a stick blender and did it right in the pot) Return all to saucepan. Stir in chicken, uncooked rice, lemon juice, and bay leaves. Return to boiling. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 20-25 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove bay leaves. Stir in cream and parsley and heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper and garnish with snipped parsley if desired.

Beef and Beer-Vegetable Soup-4 to 6 servings

As written I thought it was a bit bland and ended up adding more herbs

1 pound ground beef (I used venison)

1 medium onion, chopped

1 12oz. can beer

1 10 1/2 ounce condensed beef broth

1 1/4 cups water

3 medium carrots, thinly sliced (1 1/2 cups)

1 medium turnip, chopped (about a cup) I subbed potato and doubled

1 stalk of celery, thinly sliced

1 4oz. can mushroom stems and pieces (fresh would be better)

1 bay leaf

1 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

1/8 tsp. ground allspice

In large saucepan cook ground beef and onion till meat is browned, drain off fat. Stir in beer, beef broth, water, carrots, turnip, celery, undrained mushrooms,bay leaf, salt, pepper, and allspice. Bring to a boil, reduce heart, cover and simmer 30-35 minutes or till vegetables are tender. Remove bay leaf. 

Deviled Chicken Soup-6 servings

1 3 pound broiler-fryer chicken, cut up (I cheated here to save time and just used boxed broth instead of making it from scratch and used leftover chicken that I had)

1 medium onion, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

1 tsp. salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 18oz. can (2 1/4 cups) tomato juice

1 16oz. can cream style corn

1 large potato,peeled and chopped

2 tbsp. prepared mustard

1 tsp. worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

dash cayenne

In a large kettle combine chicken pieces, onion, celery, salt, and pepper. Add 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer about 1 hour or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken from broth and skim fat from broth. When chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and bones and discard. Cube chicken and set aside. 

Stir tomato juice, corn, potato, mustard, worcestershire,chili powder, garlic powder, and cayenne into the broth. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or till potatoes are nearly tender. Stir in the cubed chicken, cover and simmer about 5 minutes or until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Meaty Minestrone-8-10 servings

3 pounds beef shank crosscuts (I used a cheap cut of sirloin, chopped it up, and then simmered in beef broth to tenderize)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bay leaf
2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
8 cups water (here is where I used the beef broth instead)
1 16oz. can cut green beans, drained
1 15oz. can garbanzo beans, drained
1 8oz. can tomatoes, cut up (I knew by looking at the ingredients that this soup would be a little bland for our taste and I used Rotel in place of the plain tomatoes to kick it up a notch)
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
4 oz. Polish sausage, thinly sliced (I used Pepperidge Farm Kielbasa and it was out of this world)
2 oz. fine noodles (1 1/4 cup) (I used leftover that I had from another dish and they were not fine noodles but turned out just fine)
2 tbsp. snipped parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp. dried basil
Grated parmesan cheese (optional)

In Dutch oven combine beef, onion, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Add water. Cover and simmer about 1 1/2 hours or till meat is tender. Remove beef, skim fat from broth. When meat is cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones, cut up meat and return to broth. Discard bones. Add remaining ingredients except for the parmesan, cover, and simmer for 20-25 minutes or till vegetables and noodles are tender. Remove bay leaf and season to taste. Top with parmesan if desired.

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*******added 10/19/11 for lucylove*********It doesn't have chili powder? How strange.

Spicy Hot Chili-4-6 servings

1 pound ground beef or pork
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 16oz. can tomatoes, cut up
1 16oz. can red kidney beans, drained
3/4 cup tomato juice
4oz. can chopped green chiles
1 tbsp. worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried oregano, crushed
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. celery salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. dry mustard
few drops bottled hot pepper sauce

In large saucepan cook meat, onion, and garlic till meat is browned. Drain off fat. Stir in undrained tomatoes and all of the remaining ingredients PLUS 1 cup of water. Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes. 
Oct. 14, 2011 1:57 pm
I cannot WAIT to try that deviled chicken soup after I get my whole chickens on sale this weekend! The chickumber chowder sounds pretty good, too, so we might be giving that one a whirl in the next week or so as well.
Oct. 14, 2011 2:01 pm
ok nikki, beef and BEER soup...a gal after my heart! great blog gal!
Oct. 14, 2011 2:07 pm
I hope you enjoy it Keri! I've never been good at sticking to exact measurements but you know your cooking and will have no trouble adding/adjusting if need be I am sure.
Oct. 14, 2011 2:10 pm
Just add a little BACON in that combo Gary and it would a classic huh? I LOVE cooking with beer and keep Miller Lite on hand just for that purpose..hee hee. Now when I drink it, I am more of a Corona with lime kind of gal. Thanks Gary!
Oct. 14, 2011 2:34 pm
Nicole, These look fantastic. Don't you just love those oldie but goodies cookbooks?
Oct. 14, 2011 2:36 pm
I just made a pot of chix stock and realized I have no room to freeze it and I was wondering what I'd do with it. I think the Deviled Chicken Soup will be on the menu here. I love old cookbooks and love updating old recipes (which is almost always necessary because they keep making cans smaller and smaller. Thanks for sharing.
Oct. 14, 2011 3:15 pm
The oldies but goodies have been a true treasure indeed mauigirl. Online is so easy but there is no comparison with flipping through pages of an old one while sipping on vino outside and listening to nature around you.
Oct. 14, 2011 3:19 pm
Glad you stumbled on this blog then BigShotsMom. I never thought about the cans being smaller but you are right. I don't think any of the canned anything I bought for these recipes was the same ounce as what the recipe called for. Interesting. Sad too really.
Oct. 14, 2011 3:49 pm
Thanks Nikki! Great blog. It really brings back so many memories of my childhood and the "Soup Pot" that was my Mom's that I use to this day. You have inspired me to go and rummage through all of her cookbooks once again! Love ya girl!
Oct. 14, 2011 4:00 pm
Those all look so good. I'm with Gary, beer and beef HAS to make a great soup.
Oct. 14, 2011 6:03 pm
Thanks Anissa! Glad you stopped by and took a stroll down memory lane with me. I can't to hear about your new shirt. I think it took about a week to arrive.
Oct. 14, 2011 6:03 pm
Thanks Ken and I can't wait to try your new one! I'll be sure and let you know how it turned out for me.
Oct. 14, 2011 6:15 pm
I just made Minestrone the other day, my wife is Italian and that's about the only soup she eats.
Oct. 14, 2011 6:18 pm
about the recipe, polish sausage I don't think is a normal ingredient of an Italian soup.
Oct. 14, 2011 6:27 pm
There is nothing like a good bowl of soup! Thanks for posting the pics and recipes. And for some weird reason, I love the picture of your soup pan, "Ramen Pot".
Oct. 14, 2011 6:40 pm
Nope KingSparta, Polish sausage is definitely not an authentic ingredient in Minestrone but it sure was tasty in there. I actually spent a couple of weeks in Italy and our "Italian food" here in America is nothing like the real deal. Thanks for stopping by.
Oct. 14, 2011 6:43 pm
Thanks Godzilla! The "Ramen Pot" picture was a last minute thing and for whatever reason, I love it too? Glad you enjoyed and I hope you make a big batch soon.
Oct. 14, 2011 7:23 pm
LOVED IT!!!!! Can I ship you up here or me down there so we can have a soupy weekend!!!!! I just made the most awesome broth. No, it wasn't out of snake but the boar the kid shot. Used the ribs, browned them and then made a plain veg soup. I just know you would have liked it. I grew up on Campbell's chicken & rice. Great blog!!!!!
Oct. 14, 2011 8:21 pm
Great blog. Cucumbers in soup?? I think I may be in heaven! Have to try that one for sure!! Our daughter flew home for a long weekend 2 weeks ago and we were talking about when she was a little girl and whenever she went to Grandma & Grampa's she always asked for Star Soup. (Campbell's Chicken & Star). Funny how we all remember certain soups as we grew up!
Oct. 14, 2011 8:53 pm
Oh Cat you KNOW we would have so much fun spending a soup weekend together. We'd bring a whole new meaning to "liquid diet" no? LOL! Your boar broth/veggie soup sounds amazing! You know, I used to read about the homemade stock and think to myself that it couldn't possibly be better than what you buy in the store but I have since changed my tune about that. The time consuming part is really not a big deal to me but what I hate is straining it to get the marrow, small bones, etc. out but the worst part of it for me is letting it cool and skimming the fat off of it. I HATE that but in the end it is SO worth it. The richness in roasting those bones is to die for. BTW, I had my fair share of chicken and rice too and even though I didn't prefer it to the noodles, it wasn't half bad either. There is one here on AR that isn't exact but it comes pretty darn close.
Oct. 14, 2011 9:07 pm
CHICKEN & STAR! That was it chris k! You made me gasp..hee hee. I knew Curly Noodle wasn't right but I was hung up on it and couldn't get past it. Don't get me wrong, I had my fair share of the curly noodle too but it didn't come out until later if I remember right. Nope, it was chicken & stars that would sometimes be in that thermos. I didn't get it very often though because for whatever reason it was 5-10 cents more a can yet it had the same stuff in there? Ahh yes cucumbers in soup. That was a first for me too and if I have to be honest, it was my favorite out of the four which is odd because I do not typically prefer the cream based ones. The white base was more the cucumber though and the cucumber flavor was not overwhelming but came through nicely. As with most things that sit in the fridge overnight, the leftover the next day was even better and more cucumber-y tasting. I did have to add a little chicken broth in it to thin it down and I highly recommend adding fresh cold cuke as a topper because it really put it over the top for me. Even though it sounds a bit on the bland side, here is one from AR that uses cukes that I've been wanting to try alongside a stir-fry.
Oct. 14, 2011 9:08 pm
Oct. 14, 2011 9:08 pm
Not sure what happened there kris but there it is again.
Oct. 15, 2011 1:44 am
A blog after my own heart...I just wrote my last post about soup too LOL I can't wait to try the beef & beer combo, but I will be using venison as well. thanks for sharing.
Oct. 15, 2011 2:19 am
I love Soup Saturdays when every weekend I try to find a different soup/chile/stew to make for the upcoming week. Usually end up with Beef Barley(my fav) or potato soup. Depends on whats on sale that week.
Oct. 15, 2011 7:24 am
I just read your blog GAHSMOMX3 and wow were you ever a busy lady. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the venison/beer.
Oct. 15, 2011 7:27 am
Soup Saturday. I love it sunflower.
Oct. 15, 2011 8:34 am
Fall is my favorite time of year. I think one of the reasons is because I can cook up soups and stews. I'm a huge fan of having something simmering away on the stovetop smelling the house up with "good food smells." I've always wondered about how you came to love soup so much Nikki. Now I know.... thanks for sharing a little bit about yourself. And, thanks for the recipes too. I think I'm going to try the Beef and Beer Vegetable Soup. It sounds delish!
Oct. 15, 2011 9:36 am
Those good good smells are the best huh Candice? Sure beats the stank fried food leaves behind. I hope you enjoy the beef and beer. I personally thought it needed more herbs and spice but that could have been the venisons fault too.
Oct. 15, 2011 10:17 am
Great blog, Nikki! Your photos made me want to eat each one. They look so delicious!
Oct. 15, 2011 11:24 am
Thank you SHORECOOK! Good to see you around still.
Oct. 15, 2011 12:19 pm
Great blog! What wonderful memories (except the mushy soup, lol)! I love trying new soup recipe. Some of my old favorites, though, are ones I learned from just watching and helping my mom make them while I was growing up. I've put my own twists to them, but still never follow a recipe. In fact, I've never even written any of them down. Thanks for sharing!
Oct. 16, 2011 6:05 am
Nicole, what a sweetheart you are to have been so young and still choke down something so as to not hurt your grandpas feelings. Your momma raised you right! Cute story about remembering daycare! Will have to ask DD what she remembers? Funny those childhood memories! As always, your pix are amazing! I am always in awe as I go to vote on pix and yours are posted! Thanks for the recipes too! How fun to find your first cookbook!!
Oct. 16, 2011 6:32 am
What an awesome find Nicole. I love those old cookbooks. Thanks for sharing.
Oct. 16, 2011 8:25 am
Thanks Pam! I am getting better but I still struggle with the soup base for some reason. My mom used tomato paste a lot but mine always turn out way to acid-y when I use that stuff. I've pretty much mastered the chicken based ones but I've got a long way to go with the beef based ones. I hope Max and the new pup are doing well. My poor little Max is almost completely deaf now which makes for a huge challenge. Better than being blind though I suppose. Thanks for stopping by.
Oct. 16, 2011 8:35 am
I guess mom did raise me right mickdee because I am still the same way to this day. If I am a guest somewhere I just eat whatever is put in front of me regardless of what it is. The only thing I put my foot down on and make it clear in the beginning that I will not eat is desserts but all who know me know this already and gave up trying to force me to eat them a long time ago. It took at least 10 years at my job for them to stop wasting money on a birthday cake every year. Now I usually get a 7-layer bean dip "pie"..ha ha. I bet you'll be surprised to hear what your DD remembers about daycare. The things that stand out to children and stick with them is interesting indeed. Thank you for the compliment and it is good seeing you still roaming these halls too. I miss the old times. Things have changed so much here but that is life I guess. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!
Oct. 16, 2011 8:48 am
Hi Baking Nana! I love the old cookbooks too. It is neat to see how ingredients and their packaging change over time but the basic cooking methods are still the same. When I first read the Minestrone one I was like, "What in the world cut is beef shank?" My grandpa (same one where I got the mushy soup) was a butcher and I sure miss having him around and his knowledge of all the different cuts. Sad to say but the butchers are few and far between here in my area and we are forced to buy all the crud that sits in the salt solution. I really want to raise my own but I am a big softie and don't think I could do it come butcher time. I hope you are moved and all settled in now. Thanks for stopping by.
epic mealtime 
Oct. 16, 2011 4:10 pm
those cookbooks are awesome
Oct. 16, 2011 5:59 pm
Yes, we raised our daughter that way too. I am amazed at how her cousins come over and politely decline decent, nutritious food.
Oct. 17, 2011 7:12 am
Nicole, I happened to see your review of Mexican Stuffed pepper recipe where you substituted poblano peppers. WOW! When i read the recipe that's the first thing I thought of INSTEAD of bells and then remarkably, you had the same idea. I have a bunch of poblanos from my plants that will become this recipe instead of the usual chile relleno casserole. Thanks for sharing your idea...much appreciated, Connie in FL
Oct. 17, 2011 3:33 pm
Indeed they are epic mealtime!
Oct. 17, 2011 3:35 pm
Kids are getting pickier and bolder by the day I think Maureen.
Oct. 17, 2011 3:38 pm
I am so glad you stumbled on that review BIGAPPLE! I think you will really enjoy those. I've made most everything that uses poblanos on this site so if you have any questions feel free to ask.
Oct. 18, 2011 7:47 am
Oh, I love this blog Nikki! I totally understand your love of soup. Lots of memories tied up in those cans! I loved it when I got soup for a kid in the '60's I got Chicken and Stars, alphabet soup or tomato soup. When my mom was feeling 'gourmet' she would toss some goldfish crackers on the tomato soup...or even better she would heat up sliced hot dog "pennies" in the soup! Almost always a grilled cheese came with the soup, yummy memories!
Oct. 18, 2011 9:57 am
I have that cookbook!!! We married in 1989 and it has been my "go to" soup cookbook from the beginning! Though I do have many others, some are stored away due to lack of space, this one is in my kitchen. I love the chili recipe- it's the only chili I make and I triple the recipe. Couldn't tell you what page number, it's the page in my cookbook with the splatters and stains~ lol
Oct. 18, 2011 6:48 pm
Glad you enjoyed Wyattdogster pal! I rarely had grilled cheese growing up if you can believe that. Fried egg sandwiches stand out most in my memory and they didn't hold a candle to the fried egg sandwiches that you and I know today :) SO good to see you! Are your ladies still laying for you? Mine are moulting and tapering off big time but they've been working hard all summer and are due for a break. Miss you!
Oct. 18, 2011 6:52 pm
I am tickled pink to hear it goodfood4ursoul! It will be my "go to" from now on for sure. And I will have to check out the chili one. There are 4 different chili's but my guess is the Spicy Hot Chili on page 47 is the one you are referring to. Can't wait to try! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day tomorrow!
Oct. 19, 2011 6:51 am
What a blog, Nikki! I've been a Campbell's Kid my whole life. Chicken Noodle, Bean with Beacon, Split Pea and the now-retired Chili Beef have always been my faves. As an adult I discovered Chunky Steak and Potato, yum! The only soups I make from scratch that are any good at all are Split Pea, Bean soup with ham, and uh, well, that's it. Now with my crappy gluten free deal Campbell's is off the menu entirely. They ALL have gluten, which is going to suck this winter. I'm thinking of adapting the yummy Mushroom Sauce from AR into a beef soup base (with way less 'shroom) and trying to recreate the Steak and Potato. I'm really going to miss that soup. But on the plus side, a can of Hormel chili with beans, pureed and a little water added, is an almost dead ringer for my old fave, Chili Beef. Of course you lose the whole beans, but the flavor is there. Isn't it nuts what desperation will drive us to try? :)
Oct. 19, 2011 6:52 am
Great blog, Nicole! Your pictures are beautiful! It was fun to hear some of the background of your love for soup. I'm glad it is soup weather too; I made the most amazing hazelnut soup last night. Happy treasure hunting through your old cookbooks!
Oct. 19, 2011 6:52 am
Hey, I love chili! Wouldn't it be nice if someone here posted that great chili recipe? Nudge-nudge.
Oct. 19, 2011 11:44 am
lucylove you crack me up! For awhile there, I too thought I was going to have to resort to a crappy gluten free diet but it turns out it must have been something else bothering me. I know Campbells has been around forever but it is still amazing to me learn of all the people that loved it as a kid too. Bean with Bacon was probably my favorite as I got older and I used to drop a generous amount of Louisana Hot Sace and chopped raw onions on the top. I still have a hard time eating bean soups without raw onion on top because I did it for so long that it just doesn't seem right without it. I am sorry you are having to deal with the gluten thing. That has to be tough.
Oct. 19, 2011 11:47 am
Hi Momi! Glad you enjoyed the blog. Hazlenut Soup? That is a new one for me. I'm not exactly sure I know what hazlenut tastes like. All I can think of is that sweet coffee creamer but I know that is not right. Is it a blended soup?
Oct. 19, 2011 11:50 am
Hello again lucylove..hee hee. I am at work right now but when I get home tonight I will type up that chili recipe and add it in at the bottom of the blog for you.
Oct. 19, 2011 4:20 pm
Oh my Nikki! I am about to cry! My mom has that same exact cookbook and I grew up on the soups from it. The Chickumber Chowder is my dad's all time favorite soup, and I love it too! I had forgotten all about that cookbook! I am off to call my mom and remind her, now that it is chilly here...perfect timing (and she lives 5 minutes away, so maybe I can benefit from the reminder lol)! Thanks for the blog my friend :)
Oct. 19, 2011 4:21 pm
Oh, and I meant to add, to anyone who looks at the Chickumber Chowder recipe and thinks it looks incredibly strange- trust me, it is absolutely delicious!
Oct. 19, 2011 5:17 pm
Hi puck my pal! Long time no see girl. I miss all of you old timers. You were a lucky girl to have grown up on these goodies. Out of the four I tried, the Chickumber Chowder was my favorite too. It was very unique and one that you would find in an upscale restaurant in my opinion and I am not even a huge cuke fan. It is not often you find something that calls for them cooked and this one was the perfect blend. I hope your mom hooks you up with some now that it is perfect weather for it. I also hope you and the bf are doing well. Thank you for stopping by and it was very good to "see" you!
Oct. 19, 2011 5:38 pm
I know! I miss you too :) I am so glad I happened over here and saw this blog. I agree, it is something you would find in a fancy place- definitely unique! I did call my mom, and she too had forgotten about it. She told me she used to really hate to make the Chickumber Chowder, and only did because my dad loves it so much. I asked her why, and she said she found the blending process to be a pain, since she had a really old hand-me-down blender. But, she said "I have an immersion blender these days- so game on!" Yay! I am so excited...perhaps a little overly excited about soup lol, but I know the first spoonful of this one is going to transport me back in time! The BF and I are doing quite well, thank you! And thanks again for the blog and the beautiful is so nice to "know" someone who feels much the same way about soup as I do :)
Oct. 19, 2011 5:38 pm
Well, that is what I get for typing it up in Yahoo. Not sure what all of the mumbo jumbo is but, the chili recipe is there now lucylove. It is at the very bottom of the original.
Oct. 19, 2011 6:21 pm
Okay, now I am in tears puck but from laughter. The blending!!! This was the first one I made out of the 4 and I had forgotten about that. I don't have an immersion but a wanna be that I got "free" with some other appliance purchase that was tucked away in the garage for years. It has a cord and everything and it works but it jams up easily and you just gotta work it and keep pushing the button down repeatedly. After so many standing over the hot stove and rrrr...rrrr....rrr...stops, push and hold down the button again, I yelled out to DH, "You are going to have to help me in here! I am having the mother of all hot flashes and I swear my thumb is jammed". He trotted in and his big man hands had it blended in less than a minute. LOL! Spoon up and enjoy that transport back in time!
Oct. 20, 2011 6:37 am
I have been visiting AR for over a year now, and last winter I developed a new love for soup, and looking back that is probably due mostly in part to your beautiful and inspiring pictures that you post :-) I always thought soup was something you made when you didnt really have a plan or desire to cook. There were 4 basic soups. Chili, Veggie, Tator and stew. Sometimes I lived on the edge and added ground beef to the veggie. Chicken noodle soup didnt count cuz it only came out of a can. My oh My how I have changed over the last 1.5 years. This soup season, I continue a tradition I started mid-way last winter. And that is Souper Saturday. I LOVE Souper Saturday. Every Saturday morning starting in September, until probably May, I make a soup and we eat on it all weekend. IF there is anything left come Monday morning, I freeze it in easy grab serving size containers. Sometimes I will put a couple servings in a container for DH and I. Anyways, sometimes we make a remark or action that impact others and we never know about it, so I wanted to let you know how inspiring your pictures were to me last winter and how it sparked a new tradition at our house :-)
Oct. 20, 2011 8:42 am
Hi Again, Nicole. Yes, the hazelnut soup I made was blended; it was supposed to have cream in it, but I replaced it with blended raw cashews. I got curious about hazelnut soup after seeing the Disney movie "Tangled", and now I'm on a quest to find the best recipe for it. Next up, I'll be trying hazelnut soup with Thai spices. Have you ever had Nutella or the Ferrero Rocher chocolates? That's what toasted hazelnuts taste like, minus the chocolate. Here is a link to the soup I mentioned earlier:
Oct. 20, 2011 6:50 pm
LOL! sorry I was MIA for awhile and didn't get back here but YES! We could give new meaning to liquid diet!!! I don't know if this helps but when I do the broth to strain the first time I use a colander then a Xlarge strainer (the one I used to use for making beer, wort's a bugger to strain out)and defatting is a pain but worth it and OH YES homemade is best :)(:
Oct. 20, 2011 10:11 pm
gopintos your words made my eyes well up with tears but in a good way. See, when I stumbled onto AR a few years back and was lurking, I was inspired by all of the people that truly had a love of cooking and were always looking for excuses to "whip something up". Cooking for me at that time was nothing more than a nightly chore. Here I found people that not only loved to cook but they took great pleasure in sharing their cooking experiences. It moved me in a BIG way and shed a whole new light on the subject. I soon found myself looking for excuses to make the dishes I often saw recommended and also to branch out and try things I never would have been brave enough to attempt before. It didn't take me long to discover that "shared" food and making memories is what it was all about and it actually became a pleasure to me instead of the chore that it was in the past. But, I must admit that the food alone wasn't enough to persuade my feelings in the beginning but taking pictures of it brought me pleasure and enough pleasure that kept me always on the look out for new and exciting things. Things have changed tremendously on the buzz(I don't need to tell YOU that) but bottom line is that AR is still a great place to come to for ideas and inspiration when it comes to putting good tasting nutritious food on our tables. Don't get me wrong in the fact that I truly appreciate all of the others that commented before you on this blog (love them dearly) but hearing from you how I had a small part in inspiring you in making new family traditions made the entire blog even more worthwhile seeing how it was the only real way for you to share with me how I had somewhat helped in your new favorite Souper Saturday. Your words truly blessed me and I thank you for sharing what I would have never known without you doing so. I appreciate you sharing very much. So, what soup is on the menu for this weekend? If all goes well, I plan on making my first batch of chili of the season. Again, thank you for stopping buy and sharing. I look forward to seeing your weekend soups and I am tickled knowing that I was somewhat of an inspirattion! I hope you have a FANTASTIC Friday!
Oct. 21, 2011 8:41 am
You are so very welcome. I failed to thank you for being such an inspiration. So thank you for that :-) I just happened to see your blog title and figured it was going to be a cute play on words, and then I saw it was you and wanted to let you know :-) I don't really have the whole blog thing figured out here but I look every day at the pictures submitted for something that strikes my fancy. AR really changed my life was far as cooking. I began cooking around age 10 in 4-H and I took over our family kitchen at age 13 when my mother died. She tried to prepare me and I jumped in and took over, but then when I started having my own children and their crazy hectic schedules, the kitchen became just a place to store the take out leftovers. Then after almost a couple of decades hiatus, I began cooking again, but everything tasted the same, same seasonings, etc so I came here to find inspiration. I didn't even own a cookbook. That lead to menu planner, and then tweaking that to certain meats on certain days in order to work in more fish and chicken, and long story short (okay not quite as long) I am menu planned until May 2012. (My soups are planned from Sept - April 28) I am really just a Master Rotater, and I am flexible. I keep my pantry and freezers stocked so I can make most things that rotate around on the menu if not, I just substitute or make something different :-) Ok story getting long again, sorry haha - It is just that this is just such a passion of mine now. So anyways, thank you again. Oh, this weekend is Jerre's Black Bean and Pork Tenderloin Slow Cooker Chili :-)
Oct. 21, 2011 10:30 am
Nicole! I have that exact same cookbook. Of course it's lost in a box somewhere in the basement under the side garage. One thing my Mom said to me over and over when I was growing up, "Soup is one of the best things in life Tara." My guy of 14 years has been slowly converted. He used to say "I hate soup." Well no wonder when he tells me stories of his Mom's idea of soup cookery. Slowly, he is being converted. I mentioned that I wanted to make chicken soup for dinner last night but I knew he didn't like soup. His response was "I'll eat it!" I even have a special silly song to sing when turkey soup is on the stove. Turkey soup season is upon us! So, SO, love turkey soup. After watching me dance around the house and sing the turkey soup song for 14 years he likes it too! Shades of Homer Simpson, "Ohhh, turkey soup. Drool."
Oct. 22, 2011 7:04 am
Thank you for sharing the recipe Momi. That looks very interesting.
Oct. 22, 2011 7:11 am
gopintos you are on the ball with that menu planning. May 2012 is very impressive. Menu planning is one I struggle with. I always want to try new things but I cannot stand to waste groceries so if I find a recipe I want to try that uses lets say Bok Choy, I have to find two so that all of it is used but then the 2nd one I find calls for something else that would need another recipe paired with it well and you get the idea. Your chili sounds good.
Oct. 22, 2011 7:13 am
My guy doesn't much care for soup either Tara. I'm not exactly sure what his reason is though. He eats it but I can tell he would be much more thrilled with a steak sitting in front of him. The turkey soup song? You crack me up!
Nov. 5, 2011 12:43 pm
I'm in a soup mood right now! I wanted to try some different recipes, so I thought "check Nikki's recipe box" and lo and behold, here was this blog. The beef and beer soup it will be. Thanks darlin':)
Nov. 5, 2011 2:13 pm
You mean you actually keep alcohol in the house? LOL! You are very welcome sweets! I added more herbs/seasoning to suit our taste but I really did like the flavor the beer gave it.
Nov. 7, 2011 4:37 pm
Love your blog---beautiful photos, also! Where do I begin? I've been a soup lover my whole life, and I'm grateful that my DH and I raised five kids that also love soup. Soup, along with some tasty bread (I usually make mine), is a full meal for us. I've tried so many recipes over the 35+ years we've been married, and having a chef for a DH has helped me tremendously. Our family faves include Cioppino, crab bisque, chicken noodle, split pea with sausage, golden potato, beef stew, and an Asian-inspired meatball and dumpling soup that my DH created---and that's just for starters! I worked at a large antique mall for ten years, so I can relate to your enjoying vintage cookbooks. I have a bookcase full of those! I think the most "different" recipe I found in a Chicken of the Sea Tuna pamphlet is Creamy Tuna-Tomato Bisque. Sounds strange, but it is yummy. I'm definitely going to try the Deviled Chicken Soup first. I'm thinking that I might put half white potatoes and half sweet potatoes (those are so good for you!) I'm so happy to have found your blog!
Nov. 30, 2011 3:58 am
Wow they all look great...I missed this blog when you posted it, but came up when I was checking the other blog...I was in the woods camping. I'm saving the minestrone soup recipe...DH will love that. As always your photos are AWESOME lady.
Xine Enns 
Aug. 30, 2012 7:43 am
Oh my goodness... I inherited that same cookbook and the chickumber soup is one of our families favorite!
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Hello, my name is Nicole. I am 40 years old, have been married to my wonderful high school sweetheart for 15 years now. We don't have (or ever wanted) any children but we do live on 8 acres and have 3 dogs, a cat, 11 hens, 1 rooster, and a ton of deer that come down and feed that think they are part of the family too. I have to be honest and say that I do not LOVE cooking but I do cook every night and love browsing this site for new and interesting things. I have an acre pond and absolutely love fishing and that is where I spend most of my time in the summer. There is nothing like sipping on a cold Corona while waiting for a nice 8 pound catfish to grab your bait. When not fishing I'm typically in my garden, flowerbeds, or riding my dirtbike.
My favorite things to cook
Soups, Mexican, Italian, Asian, and grilling
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't really have any so I have started my own. Allrecipes has taught me to "think outside the box". I love trying new and unusual things that I would have never dared or even thought of before discovering this place.
My cooking triumphs
When I got married, I honestly had 0% experinece in the kitchen. My mom was the kind that wanted the whole kitchen to herself so that nobody was in her way and I was only allowed in there to grab the plates, utensils, etc. to set the table. I really never thought about what I was going to cook until we got back from our honeymoon and then I was like, "uh oh!". Amazingly enough it all came pretty natural and I am happy to say that I have never ruined a meal forcing us to order take-out.
My cooking tragedies
GRAVY! I cannot make a decent gravy for the life of me so I've just given up altogether.
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