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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:<   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!  :-)

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador(a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of me, myself, and I, Maridele.
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Jan. 23, 2012 12:55 pm
Your ingredient list is enough to make me think, "Pass!" but your pic and "sing it's praises" review are enough to make me consider it (= Good job!
Jan. 23, 2012 12:58 pm
wow- it looks so good- funny how our taste changes-i am surprised you are able to can the tomatoes-- i love tomato soup and i love grilled cheese- but not in the same meal- not even in the same week:-)congrats on a new dinner special-
Jan. 23, 2012 1:01 pm
I haven't canned tomatoes in years but we ended up with a bunch given to us this year and I couldn't let them go to waste. My darling husband loves tomatoes and his family favorite is cooked macaroni with nothing but canned tomatoes and butter. "Mac and maters" is his comfort food.
Jan. 23, 2012 1:02 pm
xraybarb - it really is good. I hope it can be duplicated when I try again.
Jan. 23, 2012 2:12 pm
Never say never! I love veggie soups, tomato soup, heck...any kind of soup! Glad you were able to enjoy your own cooking!
Jan. 23, 2012 2:23 pm
i don't read the blogs very often- i don't know why-- i just forget- i used to read them everyday-- before i "met" everyone on the buzz-i read your blog now- and didn't know you were just beginning-- it seems to come really natural for you-- keep up the great work- i will come back to reading the "blogs":-)
Jan. 23, 2012 3:07 pm
Thanks WD and nanny!
Jan. 23, 2012 3:37 pm
That soup looks good to me. Oh, how I wish my husband would eat meat.
Jan. 23, 2012 3:52 pm
Marie C. I bet you could leave it out and it would be good.
Jan. 23, 2012 4:59 pm
I was the same way with eggs for years. Although mom was an excellent southern cook, times were lean around our house when I was young. Although we never knew that. My memory is of eggs for breakfast, eggs for lunch and eggs for dinner. It took me a loonnnnngggg time to eat another fried egg. I was well into my 30's before I tried one. Broccoli and green vegetables were the same way after being force to sit at the table with the broccoli. Love it now!
Jan. 23, 2012 5:15 pm
Good to know I'm not alone sassy!
Jan. 23, 2012 6:42 pm
Your soup may appear on my table. Hubby loves smoked sausage in any form. He disliked lima beans when we got married - of course that was in the first meal I served him! He ate them without saying a word. My dear old dad would insist on having white gravy with every evening meal. Guess that's why I learned to make it! My mom worked, too, so meals were often garden foods, and, of course, meat and gravy, eggs and gravy (sometimes squirrel, rabbit, etc.) My city-girl sister-in-law remembers (with horror) watching mom dress rabbits dad & brother just hunted, and serving them for supper that night. good blog!
Jan. 23, 2012 7:17 pm
For many years, I wouldn't eat anything that wasn't meat or psotatoes. Recently, we have been thoroughly enjoying soups. Some simple and some with an igredient overload We enjoy them all.
Jan. 23, 2012 7:19 pm
Oh Maridele, I think our Moms went to the same soup school. How bland, how boring. Ick... I have managed to jazz up veggie soup to where I like it now.
Jan. 24, 2012 3:21 am
Thanks mamaw1! Mike Harvey aren't soups a wonderful thing? I find a good bowl of soup so comforting. Maybe my mother's soup did have a good influence on me? Magnolia Blossom I think our parents maybe were of "that" generation. I'm not sure I'll ever get to the point of eating pure vegetable soup but eating cabbage in soup is a beginning!
Jan. 24, 2012 3:56 am
I was the same way when I was a child. I didn't eat much veggies but now I'm eating more veggies. I love soups as well. There is one soup I will not eat and that's fish soup. At a church social a man made fish soup. I got a bowl and got 2 scoops as soon as I put the spoon in my mouth I spit it out across the table! I embarrassed myself! I do love vegetable soups...the more veggies you put in the better. Great blog!
Jan. 24, 2012 4:16 am
Oh fish soup is definitely one I couldn't try. Thanks luv2cook.
Jan. 24, 2012 6:14 am
I think my Mom made the same soup as your's. For years I wouldn't eat vegetable soup. My mother almost ruined me on dried beans of any sort since my dad could eat those at every meal. How lucky for me you picked that recipe, I just picked up a bag of dried lima beans for something different to try and soup is one of my favorite meals now.
Jan. 24, 2012 10:03 am
Cat Hill I hope you make it and enjoy as much as we did!
Jan. 24, 2012 2:28 pm
Came back for the link to the recipe, forgot it this morning :) I had lima beans for the first time the other day and wondered what else to do with them so this should be perfect!
Jan. 27, 2012 8:30 am
Maridele.....You jogged my old brain on this one. I remember the "exotic" canned LaChoy chow mein when I was a very little girl. I don't hink any of us kids liked it, but we liked the can of crispy noodles that came with it:)
Jan. 29, 2012 3:33 pm
Yes mauigirl, I remember those noodles being the best part of that stuff too.
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