Saturday, January 23, 2010


UPDATE: Well, look at THIS...Yahoo had a thing on the goodness/healthiness of SOUP tonight (I had the SCOOP, though:-)!! Here's my original post!:

A friend sent me a soup recipe that sounds terrific and I wanted to share it with you IF you share one of your favorites! You don't have to include the recipe, though we'd love that if it's not too very, very long and complicated, but tell us if you have a favorite soup. It sure feels like SOUP WEATHER around here, even in California! What sounds really good about this soup below is that most of the ingredients are probably things you have at home, or you could substitute chicken broth, you make the soup and add ANYTHING, like leftover vegetables or meats or starches to it, and you've got a great meal, wouldn't you think? Here's a recipe from Ellen:

Marylin's Andalusian Soup (6-8 servings)

Basic soup

2 TBS butter

1 TBS olive oil

1 TBS flour

4 cups thinly sliced onions (3 large)

1 can (1 lb) tomato puree or sauce

4 cans (56 oz) beef broth

1 clove garlic minced

1 TBS ea of red wine vinegar, worchestershire sauce, sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ea of pepper, oregano. tarragon. tabasco sauce

1/2 tsp cumin

In a basic 4-5 quart pan melt butter, add olive oil and onions. Slowly cook onions stirring occasionally until they are limp and slightly golden. Blend in flour and gradually stir in the broth and tomato sauce. Add rest of ingredients, stir well and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 35-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste.

Serve with a selection of condiments

meats.. chicken, meat balls, sausage, shrimp or ham.

vegetables......corn, garbanzo, pinto or kidney beans, diced tomatoes, sauteed mushroom slices, cooked diced carrots (these can be put in soup before serving)

diced avocado, green onion, shredded jack and cheddar cheese, sliced olives, (serve in bowls ). Or whatever sounds good to you.

ENJOY! Now share yours, please!?


cube said...

I was going over to your other blog and I noticed that you had your food blog up and running. Woot.

I spent some time looking around and, lucky for me, found the recipe for your Mom's egg lemon soup. Mr. Cube just got over a cold and now my throat is scratchy. If I don't get too sick too quickly, I just may make it for myself. Better yet, maybe I can talk Mr. Cube into making it for me.

My major soup recipe is one I took from a Rachael Ray episode, believe it or not. It is easy to make and very tasty. Here is the link for Chorizo and Kale soup:

(Sorry, I tried to hyperlink it, but your site wouldn't let me.)

Anyway, the only change I've made is to use the Spanish chorizo instead of the Portugese chourico. Up in Cape Cod I couldn't find the Spanish stuff once and I substituted, but I didn't like it as much. It depends on your taste and what local ingredients you can find without breaking the bank.

Z said...

Cube, I am SO GLAD you found the food blog and look forward to hearing how you like Mom's soup and you'll get a prayer from me for your GOOD HEALTH....I'm glad Mr Cube's better.
Thanks, do you know I never cook with kale because I've never really been introduced to it and I'd very much like to try that...THANKS!

Linda said...

I guess my favorite soup is chili. There are so many different recipes, and I'm sure everyone has their favorite. I change mine every time I make it, so I can't provide a recipe. Probably the best is Wendy's that you can find online.

Z said...

Who's WENDY, Linda? Is it from the Wendy's restaurant chain? I found two and the first is the one with ground beef, which I prefer.... You've tried this one and it's really good? And then you tweak as you like?

Wendy's Chili recipe Version 1

Ingredients :

* 2 lb ground beef
* 1 x 29 oz can tomato sauce
* 1 x 29 oz can kidney beans (with liquid)
* 1 x 29 oz can pinto beans (with liquid)
* 1 cup diced onion (1 medium onion)
* ½ cup diced green chili (2 chilies)
* ¼ cup diced celery (1 stalk)
* 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
* 2 tspn cumin powder
* 3 tbsp chili powder
* 1 ½ tspn black pepper
* 2 tspn salt
* 2 cups water

Preparation and Cooking Instructions :

1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat; drain off the fat.
2. Using a fork, crumble the cooked beef into pea-size pieces.
3. In a large pot, combine the beef plus all the remaining ingredients, and bring to a simmer over low heat.
4. Cook, stirring every 15 minutes, for 2 to 3 hours.

Linda said...

Yes, it is the Wendy's hamburger chain. Their really is the best because they have so much meat in it. I found out that the meat that has been used for hamburgers is left on the heat for only so long, so they take it and break it into pieces and put it in the chili.

I guess I'll have to make the hubs take me out for chili tonight! LOL!

Faith said...

I'm going to have to invest in some herbs. They're so expensive I keep my collection to a minimum, but that soup sounds awfully good.

I throw soup together with whatever I have around so it would be hard to come up with a recipe.

But here are two simple soups I like to make:

Hot vegie soup: Cook a vegie in chicken broth with a little onion and/or garlic and then puree it in the blender. Carrot soup and spinach soup are the versions I usually make.

I think you mentioned a version of this on a previous blog, in which cream cheese was added, and that sounds so good I've got to try it next time I do this.

This isn't the right season but I've got to mention the simple cold yogurt soups that are so great in the summer.

Just as much yogurt in the blender as you need plus a peeled diced cucumber, a smidgen of onion and salt and dill weed and blend.

You can do exactly the same with avocado instead of cucumber. Surprised me to find that out. Makes a great smooth tangy soup.

And with cooked beets. Same combination otherwise. Reminiscent of borsch and very pretty raspberry pink.

I've found some of these online with many more ingredients but I like these simple versions.

Faith said...

LOTS of dill weed. Should have emphasized that. In all three versions.

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Sounds good. I don't really make soup, per se. But sounds really good! I can cook recipes, but I'm not known for originality although -- this time of year -- I REALLY like soup!


Anonymous said...

I just made split pea soup this week. Yum! However I recently found a new favorite.

I haven't made it yet, but the Deli Mr. Pris goes to, every now and then gives him a pint of Italian Wedding soup. Boy, is that delicious! Yes they GIVE it to him.

Whenever he wins on a scratcher ticket he tips the young man who works there, and he began giving Mr. Pris a pint of soup almost every week.

If any of you have a great recipe for this soup, I'll give it a try. If not, I'll wing it.


Elmers Brother said...

My wife made a chicken corn chowder that is so creamy and delicious.

1 lb of chicken, seasoned and suate' in olive oil
1 1/2 cup chopped onion
1 T butter
1 T flour
1 T chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 pound package frozen corn
2 cups of salsa (I like it hot)
1 cup of chicken broth
1 red bell pepper, chopped
8 oz of softened cream cheese
1 cup milk

Saute' onion and pepper in butter, stir in flour and seasonings. Add corn salsa, broth and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add 1/4 cup hot mixture to cream cheese in a small bowl. Stir and return to cooking pot. Add milk and cooked chicken. Simmer.

It's so very yummy.

Z said...

Pris, try this link for ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP RECIPES...see if one sounds like it's got what you like in it!

Elbro...that sounds SOOOO delicious...MY GOSH. Creamy and thick and warm and satisfying....thanks for that. I hope lots of us try it. xx

Anonymous said...

Thanks Z, I'll sure check it out.


Faith said...

Ooo, chicken corn chowder, that sounds really good. Before Elbro posted that I was going to try to describe one I made by accident a couple years ago but I really couldn't remember enough of what went into it. Not the Mexican seasonings of Elbro's but the chicken and everything else. That is SUCH good soup for cold weather. Sticks to yer ribs as they say.

cube said...

I had never used kale before I found this recipe, but I have since become a fan. Kale is good for you and it's very tasty in this soup. You can freeze the kale and it keeps for a long time. I have never thrown away any kale... I wish I could say that about other veggies.

Thanks for the kind words about Mr. Cube. He is well enough to request kibbee, stuffed grape leaves, AND fataye (Lebanese meat pies) so at least his appetite has recovered.

BTW over the weekend we caught a Julia Child show where a couple made pita bread and lamajeune, so now he's asking me to add lamajeune to the list. My work is never done ;-)

Please excuse my spelling of these dishes. I am Armenian/Lebanese by choice (marriage).

Faith said...

I used to see kale on lists of foods that are good for you and bought it a couple of times but couldn't figure out how to fix it so I could stand eating it because it's so strong tasting and can be bitter. But now that I've seen it in recipes where it no doubt belongs I'm going to try it again. This blog is already a public service if it can make kale palatable.

Z said...

CUBE...I have an amazing recipe for lahmajoon made with flour tortillas that is DELICIOUS. Maybe I'll try to dig it up and post that soon. SO SO SO SO easy! and SO good.
I'm glad he's feeling better...did your throat develop into anything? I hope not.

Thanks, Faith....I'm going to try Kale, too...I'd heard it can be bitter...maybe with raisins or some garlic sauteed with it? I'll try to find a recipe, let me know if you find one you like.

Faith said...

What I got from your blog is that soup, especially a hearty spicy soup, is the place for kale. And then I looked online and that does seem to be the main way kale is normally used:

Elmers Brother said...

kale is used in that zupa tuscano recipe from Olive Garden that Faith left on the other post

Faith said...

Aha, that's where I saw it, I couldn't remember. Well, I found that recipe because of your post here, so the blog still gets the credit.

cube said...

Mr. Cube's ears perked up over that Lahmajoon recipe while my ears perked up over the easy part. Making the dough is the hardest part so I'd love to hear about a recipe that is easy.

My throat was feeling scratchy for two days, then Sunday it started to hurt, my nose started to run, and my sinuses were paining me something fierce. My daughter talked me into taking some zinc cold relief losenges and by the afternoon football games I was feeling fine. I can't explain it, but at the next sign of a cold, I'm going to take those losenges again.

Z said...

thanks, Faith! glad you're feeling, that zinc works! I love Airborne, that works well for me, too....take it JUST when you first feel something's not quite right! Will post on the lahmajoun very soon...hopefully later today.

Anonymous said...

Mmm. ElBro's corn chowder sounds like something I could do. Yum!

My favorite soup is more of a stew.

or chili


Jen's chili bean soup
1 lb hamburger
1 can corn
1 can rotel
1 can dark red kidney beans
1 can light red kidney beans (or black beans)
1 pkg Ranch dry seasoning
1 pkg taco seasoning

Brown hamburger, add dry seasonings, then add corn, rotel, and a bit of water. Drain and rinse beans and add. Simmer for 20-45 minutes.

I serve with cornbread with lots of butter, a slice of cheddar cheese, and sweet tea.