No fan of vegetable soup
Jan. 23, 2012 12:47 pm
Updated: Feb. 1, 2012 4:48 pm
My mother decided to go back to work when I was young - I'm assuming it was out of financial necessity. I am the youngest of six children but because of the age difference, I was really an only child. My mother was never really a good cook but she did
her best and would dash home after working all day to put food on the table for my demanding father who insisted on having a hot meal served to him at a certain time. Most nights that would consist of opening a can of LaChoy Chicken Chow Mein or making Chipped
Beef and Gravy - something my father could eat every meal of every day. One other thing that frequented our dinner table was homemade vegetable soup. We always had a fairly large garden which got canned and frozen so she'd throw in whatever she had in this
heavily tomato based soup. I don't know if it was the frequency of this soup or something just inherent in me but I cannot stomach cooked tomatoes or vegetable soup. Hers was always full of lima beans, corn, cabbage and tomatoes and had a certain smell.
It evokes nausea whenever I smell it in restaurants or other people's houses. God bless her I know she tried but most things she served too often I now cannot stomach.
So as I try to expand my horizons at this stage of my life, I find myself making more soups that come closer and closer to that vegetable soup. As part of the AR AllStars challenge this month we were tasked to try three faceless recipes. When I was trolling
through the recipes mostly by using ingredient search of things I knew I had, I came across this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bdukes-lima-beans-cabbage-and-smoked-sausage/detail.aspx<
I knew I had dried lima beans (which was the subject of my ingredient search) and a huge head of cabbage as well as some mysterious hot sausage that resembled red kielbasa that my husband brought home. Just looking at the recipe made me think it wasn't going
to be anything I'd enjoy because of its proximity to the dreaded vegetable soup. I made it though hoping that I could tolerate the smell and that my husband would eat some of it and then volunteer to take the rest to work. I did not use ham hocks but subbed
chicken broth for most of the water. I also only used one pint of my home canned tomatoes. I boiled the beans in the broth with the sausage which I cut into bite sized pieces and once the beans got softened I added the rest of the ingredients.
Let me tell you this soup is AWESOME! And it gets better with age. I was so very pleasantly surprised with the first taste and have been so happy with the outcome. I have always been a fan of the bean with bacon soup that comes in the red and white
can and the broth for this soup is as close to that as anything I have made. I've never worked with dried baby lima beans before either but I certainly will again. The photo I added to the recipe is a picture of it on the stove before we had eaten any of
it and the broth had not gotten thick and creamy yet. This recipe has gotten little attention but it worth a try.
And as for me, maybe I can overcome some of my childhood hangups. Maybe it isn't too late to teach an old dog new tricks! :-)
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