Tuesday, February 19, 2013

More Soup before Winter is Over

Here is another photo from the "Ice Fest" I mentioned last week.  This is one of many sculptures that was done by a number of very talented people.  Ice carvings are amazing pieces of art that do not last depending on location, time of year and weather.  These works of ice art lasted over three days outside in the month of February.  The one at our wedding lasted less than 30 minutes.  Of course it was outside but in the month of June and a beautiful care day of 102 degrees.

Today's blog won't be that long.  I've talked about soups before on this blog.  But I like soup and thought you should have a couple more recipes.  Especially before we are out of what many believe to be soup season.

I've said it before but I think soup should be enjoyed year round.  That doesn't mean in the summer only cold soups should be served.  Chili may be a cold weather dish but if you truly love the stuff, then try in the summer too.

One of the really neat things about soup is that year round you have the two things that make it work.  Seasonal ingredients and cleaning out the frig are those two things.  They both are there year round for you.  Whether you like it or not.  So take advantage of them and enjoy a variety of soups, stews or chilis throughout the entire calendar year.

Another reminder for you is soups can usually be frozen for later meals.  So it doesn't hurt to make big batches when you do make soup.  Now there maybe some last minute ingredients that should wait until you thaw a soup before they are added.  You'll need to decide if there are any for the recipes you are making.

The soup recipes this week are "Shrimp Gumbo" and "Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato."  You can always tweak the recipes with some of your favorite ingredients.  So give them a try and "Happy Cooking."

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