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Soup's On 
Oct. 12, 2011 4:41 am 
Updated: Nov. 22, 2011 6:20 pm

Last week I made seven different soups in two days. Why, one may wonder, would anyone do that?  Dental surgery. My brother and sister-in-law each had extensive dental surgery on the same day and still cannot eat anything firmer than the consistency of yogurt. After a few days of such extreme pain that neither could even bear the thought of "real food", jello and broth began to lose their appeal. I had a day off of work and classes, so I decided to get creative. I started off with soups I knew they liked; beer cheese for my brother and cream of broccoli for my sister-in- law. The beer cheese soup has the thickness of broth, perfect for someone who can't chew. My broccoli soup, however, usually contains small florets and rice. I made the soup as usual, but after it cooked, I removed the broccoli and rice from the mixture and ran it through the food processor. After returning it to the soup pot, the puree turned the broth into a creamy, rich mixture that is actually better than the original version.  My third soup of day one was a tomato soup that I also ran through the food processor until the tomatoes were a ruby pulp.

On day two I started off with one my personal favorites, homemade mushroom soup. This is my comfort soup when I am not feeling well. It makes up quickly and has a rich broth that is soothing to a sore throat or queasy tummy. Soups five, six and seven were my potato based creations. I begin with the basics of potato soup; I boiled cubed potatoes until they were tender enough to mash with a fork. Next, I sautéed onions, celery and garlic and ran them through the food processor until these veggies were a glistening pulp. Then, I divided the ingredients equally into three separate pots. One became plain potato soup, one ended up as clam chowder and the third batch was potato, ham and cheese. Several weeks ago, my mom brought home some small cans of ham – similar in size to a can of tuna fish. I had never heard of “canned ham” before and thought the stuff had little appeal. However, because of its cooked-to-death-canned state, it was the perfect addition to this soup. It added flavor and color and blended well into the creamy mixture.  Someday I’d like to work on a “chunky” version of this soup; maybe with leftover Christmas ham?  

 My gifts of soup were received with much praise and thanks-giving.  Of course, by this point baby food was beginning to look good to them.  I, as you can imagine, was pretty tired of soup.  I was thinking of grilling a big ole steak – something I could sink my teeth into. However, when I asked darling hubby and daughter what they would like for supper, they unanimously voted for homemade tomato soup. Oh, well….at least I got to chew on the bread I served with it.
Here are links to a couple of the soups I made:<<<

Oct. 12, 2011 7:56 am
yum, now I want soup. Very creative and all my favourite soups. I have seen canned ham, never purchased it, but it would be good for soup. It is like the ham loaf they practically give away in the deli.
Oct. 12, 2011 10:52 am
That was sweet of you to do for your brother and sister-in-law. I'm actually probably going to be doing this in a few weeks to stock up for winter. Most of my faves freeze well, so I'll spend a weekend doing nothing but cooking soup and some fall cleaning. :)
Oct. 12, 2011 10:56 am
I have always had problems when freezing any soup with potatoes in it, they just don't seem right when they are thawed out. maybe it is the type of potato I am using.
Oct. 12, 2011 11:02 am
Also, I don't have soup much since my wife don't like soup, I think it is because when she was a kid and living in foster homes that's all that she had to eat. At least my dad always put meat on the table. He would go into the woods when he got home from work and shoot something. I have ate allot of rabbit, duck, birds, frogs, fish, porcupine, parts of beef that only is meant as a filler in processed beef products (cow tongue, lips etc...) they were cheap and he only made about $40 a month.
Oct. 12, 2011 1:17 pm
I understand how you could feel that way toward more soup. If it will make you feel any better, I'll think of your need for steak as I savor my own in just a few more hours.
Oct. 13, 2011 7:07 am
redneck gramma, I was surprised at how well the canned ham worked with the soup base, would definetely reccomend giving it a try.
Oct. 13, 2011 7:09 am
Amanda, I like to freeze soups too. I have found that broth based soups freeze better than cream based ones. My husband works outside - roofer - so having soup in the freezer for his lunches is a big time saver for me.
Oct. 13, 2011 7:12 am
King sparta, I don't care for potato or cream soups frozen either. My hubby didn't think he liked homemade soup bc he had only eaten one type growing up. I've found that he is willing to try it if I start with a flavor base that he is comfortable with - he loves italian food so I got him to eat pasta fagoli, which is now a family fav.
Oct. 13, 2011 7:13 am
Mike Harvey, how kind of you to think of me! hehehehehe. We are going camping this wkend and I will get that steak!
Oct. 14, 2011 1:50 pm
How nice of you! I've been on a soup kick lately. I will have to try the canned ham idea since I like the flavor it gives many soups, but I don't much care for ham itself.
Oct. 15, 2011 1:31 am
Bigshotsmom, let me know if you like it!
Oct. 15, 2011 7:22 am
Seven soups in two days? I got wore out just thinking about it. That is a lot of peeling, chopping, etc.Wow! What a great and caring sister you are. Great blog!
Oct. 15, 2011 9:45 am
Good blog and you are a great sis!! Between you and Nikki I am thinking of getting MY soup on, too. Company tonight, but maybe tomorrow or Monday! Thanks for a good bowl of inspiration!
Oct. 17, 2011 5:10 am
SLN & Chris K, thanks for the kind words :)
Nov. 3, 2011 9:56 am
I'm a soup lover, and I would really like to get the details on your potato creations. I have made a clam chowder from this site that I absolutely love, so I am curious about yours. As for the potato, ham and cheese soup, you most certainly can use leftover ham for a chunky version! I have made variations of ham soups using navy beans or potatoes, and if you make a good stock from the ham bone, you will absolutely love the flavor it brings to your soup!
Nov. 22, 2011 6:20 pm
im the biggest soup fan ever! i could eat it all the time.
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