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Tis' the season for more... soup! 
 
Jan. 23, 2014 7:32 pm 
Updated: Feb. 3, 2014 9:13 am
It's dreary and cold with my heater on full blast. When I come home from work during this time of season, all I want is some creamy comforting soup. Nothing else will do! To me, I ask myself, "Is there anything better?". Well yeah... there is, but soup warms you up and it's easy to prepare!

Easy to prepare, not meaning microwaving the canned stuff, but using fresh ingredients to make your own from scratch. You can just roughly chop your ingredients, throw them in a pot of boiling water, vegetable, or chicken stock- then puree/blend. Don't get me wrong, I am still a sucker for Cambell's CHUNKY style Clam Chowder and it has it's own place and time, however the flavors you extract out of creating your own just tops it.

Moral of the story, I am on a soup kick this month. Yesterday, I made the Roasted Carrot and Cauliflower Curried Soup (pictured on the recipe page) and it was delicious and very easy to make. 
 
Today, I am trying out Kat's Cauliflower Leek Soup. It would be my first time cooking leeks and actually eating them (from what I can remember). 
 
I ask you, what are some of your favorite comfort soups? Or even quick & easy comfort meals on a "brrrrrr" day?
 
Comments
Paula 
Jan. 24, 2014 8:25 am
I've discovered Tomato Soup I lately. Love it! I've made it twice now and make several tweaks to it. I use the canned tomatoes with onion, garlic, and basil. I also use less cream.
 
Jan. 24, 2014 5:03 pm
mmm... I have to say my own chicken soup, it always picks me up. :)
 
Jan. 25, 2014 5:34 am
This is Indiana Peggy. I often make "Chicken Tortilla" soup. It realies on a lot of canned or frozen things (beans, corn, tomatoes, chicken broth) along with the chicken. It's quick to fix and I usually have evrerything on hand. And always tasty.
 
Jan. 25, 2014 5:35 am
Correct above: it relies on...
 
Aja 
Jan. 25, 2014 2:34 pm
This is Aja. Thanks for your comments! Tomato soup is always a classic! When I make it, I like to make a grilled cheese on the side and cut them into bite size squares. Indiana Peggy, I have been meaning to make Chicken Tortilla soup. Maybe I will try a recipe out this weekend. I definitely don't mind the canned/frozen things. Some soups are totally delicious with it. I can only imagine me piling on the cheese and those tiny tortilla strips I have seen in grocery stores. Have you used any specific tortilla soups from this site and had success?
 
Jan. 26, 2014 6:47 am
Hi, Aja. We are on a soup kick, too! It is perfect for this colder weather. Have you tried the Curried Butternut Squash and Pear Soup? It is wonderful—easy to make, warm and inviting comfort food. Since you liked the Roasted Carrot and Cauliflower Curried Soup, you might really enjoy it. Some of my family’s other soup favorites from AllRecipes are Cindy’s Awesome Clam Chowder, Chicken and Gnocchi soup, Restaurant Style Egg Drop Soup, Rich and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup, Wisconsin Native's Beer Cheese Soup and Delicious Ham and Potato Soup. I was very pleasantly surprised by the Quick Hoppin’ John soup that was featured on the website on New Year’s Day. I had tried other version of Hoppin’ John, but this one was the best by far. We liked it so much that I have made it again twice.
 
Jan. 27, 2014 5:38 pm
I LOOOOVE soup! Any kind of homemade soup. I make a big pot every Sunday to last most of the week. Chicken noodle, ham and split pea, sausage and kale, pasta fagioli, french onion. mmmm….soup IS good food!
 
Reenie 
Feb. 3, 2014 9:13 am
Love soup too, any kind and make a large pot full on Sunday! My favorite is Italian Chicken Soup!
 
 
 
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I found my niche cooking at an early age, but took a path as a designer thinking that cooking was just a hobby. Back in college, my fashion styling teacher brought in a food stylist to speak about their profession. That was what I ultimately wanted to do! Even though I am not using my Visual Merchandising major, I think it plays a big part in how I present food. I'm a trial and error home cook and find that experimenting with different ingredients/flavors is what makes a dish very special and inventive. Gradually, I'm working on my food presentation and think I'm getting a bit better with every dish I make. I am originally from Texas, so my culinary roots are heavily southern influenced, but now with a Pacific Northwest twist since my move to Washington. I find it incredible to be surrounded by fresh seafood and locally grown vegetables. Since moving out here, the way I cook and see food is completely different from my deep-fried past life (although I indulge from time to time)
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Growing up with my grandma, she always made huge one-pot meals. Her specialty was beef stew with spaghetti noodles. As a kid, I never really appreciated it, but now looking back, I respect more than ever the time and love she put into getting food on the table for us. She is forever my inspiration.
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Getting the perfect sear on ahi tuna.
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Horribly overcooking very expensive jumbo shrimp in the oven. I wanted to be somewhat fancy and wrap proscuitto around the shrimp. It was terrible and I was cooking for a date at the time. He was very nice about it and said it was good, but I knew he was "just being nice about it". I knew never to make that mistake again!
 
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