Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Happy Soup Month

January is National Soup Month and in honor of that, here are Katie Brown's top 10 reasons why you should make a big pot of soup today:

1.) It's the perfect time of year. When the cold air is blowing outside your door, it's time to warm things up inside.

2.) It's a tasty way to enjoy stale bread. Dunk some crusty bread into a big bowl of soup and taste the texture and flavor come back to life.

3.) Spoil those you love. You know the saying, "the best way to someone's heart is through their stomach -- and there's no better way to someone's heart than with comfort food.

4.) It's easy to keep it healthy. Keep that resolution every day - soup's a great way to include healthy choices in a creative and delicious ways for your family.

5.) It smells so good! When you're putting your house on the market, it's recommended that you cook something delicious to make your house smell yummy. Why wait until then? Enjoy the savory aroma yourself today.

6.) It's long lasting. I make a batch of soup that sometimes lasts a week. So whether you're single or cooking for a family, it's an easy staple to have on hand.

7.) It turns leftovers into today's entree. Whether it's a roast or chicken from the night before, or the veggies about to go south in your frig's produce bin, try tossing them into your soup, where they'll taste as good as new.

8.) It's an excellent way to hone your cooking skills. I tell people if they want to learn to cook start with soup. Soups are forgiving and a great way to learn how to use seasonings and techniques such as sauteing, browning and sweating.

9.) It's a sly way to try new cuisines. If you have an unadventurous culinary clan, like mine, soups are a good way to slowly introduce new flavors into your family's palate.

10.) Do I really need 10th? Just do it. It's fun!

We celebrated by making a big pot of this Senatorial Soup from relish. Mmm Mmm good!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Lunch Napkin Art

I've been doing napkin art for both kids' lunches for the past couple of years. They both have their favorite subjects, and I try post them daily at http://lunchnapkinart.blogspot.com

Here are a couple examples: