Sunday, December 23, 2018

January is the beginning of a New Year, 2019.  So what is January known for?  It is Get Organized Month and National Clean Up Your Computer Month. One of my favorites for January is National Hot Tea Month.  There are so many good tasting teas.  But the one I will use is National Soup Month.  This way I can have my choice of what soup I will chose from my cookbook, Soups and Stews…Comfort by the Spoonful. 

One of my favorite soups is Butternut Squash Soup.  It is creamy and has a great taste.  Give it a try.

Butternut Squash Soup

8 cups chicken broth (or use vegetable broth)
3 carrots, peeled and sliced thin
5-6 slices bacon, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2-3 stalks celery, chopped
2-3 teaspoons chopped parsley
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 large potato, peeled and cubed
1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
1 Tablespoon sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
3-5 Tablespoons dark rum*
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
Parsley chopped for garnishing

Put broth in a large soup pot over medium heat.
Add carrots, bacon, garlic, celery, parsley, thyme, bay leaf.
Bring to boil, cover and simmer 1 hour over medium heat.
Add potato, squash, sugar and salt and pepper to taste.
Cook 40-50 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Let cook, remove bay leaf and bacon.
Put into a food processor or immerse blender and puree.
Stir in rum, lime juice, salt, pepper, simmer 7 minutes.
Garnish with parsley.  Serves 7-8

* Substitute dry wine for the rum.

You can also use some of the seeds from the squash as a garnish.  Makes it look great.


  • Add 2 cinnamon sticks. Add with potatoes.

  • Add 2 Tablespoons brown sugar

  • Add 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger root, minced. 

Monday, December 3, 2018

December Turkey Meatball Soup

December is a great month with all the holiday in it.  At some point you might be cooking a turkey and get into the spirit.  Here is a great soup to try during that time. I love turkey anytime of the year and usually cook it several times.  I  use turkey chopped meat a great deal.  You can also buy frozen turkey meatballs and use them.  Give this one a try.

Turkey Meatball Soup

10-15 turkey meatballs (you can use frozen ones or make fresh turkey chopped meat- meatballs)
2 1/2 cups chicken broth (or if you can find it turkey broth, but it is hard to find)
1 can (14 oz) strewed tomatoes
2 medium zucchini, cleaned, chopped in pieces
2 carrots, thinly sliced
2/3 cup corn (either frozen or canned0
1/2 cup green beans (either frozen or canned)
1 teaspoon dried basil (or use fresh if you have it, 2 T)
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large soup pot, combine the chicken broth, stewed tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, corn, green beans, basil, and salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil, then simmer, covered for 30-40 minutes or until the veggie are tender.
Add the meatballs, simmer until tender another 30-40 minutes.
Serves 5-6

I like to serve a nice piece of French bread or some other great bread with this soup.