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January is National Soup Month, and I can certainly understand why. There is nothing better to me than a big pot of soup cooking on the stove, and a pan of cornbread baking in the oven. They make for a delicious combination for feeding the bellies, and the souls, of your family and friends.
Soups can be simple, such as Split Pea Soup, or complicated, like a Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup. No matter how complicated, you wont go wrong with soup for dinner. You can use a large saucepan for some soups, but for others, you may need a stock pot. I have several pots that I use when making soups. One is a 3.5 quart cast aluminum stockpot from Neoflam. I love it because it is a heavy pan that is so pretty!
My medium sized soup pot is really a 5.5 qt. stainless steel dutch oven that came with a set of pots and pans that Fabgrandpa and I bought a few years ago. It is stainless steel, and a fairly heavy weight pot. I like the heavier pots because they distribute the heat more evenly to help prevent burns. Trust me, soups DO burn, and it is not pretty when they do. If you don’t already have a dutch oven, here is a pretty good one:
The last soup pot that I have is a 16 qt. stainless steel stock pot. It is a huge pot, but sometimes you need a huge pot. I made gumbo for a dinner party for 20 people using that pot. Again, it is a good, thick stainless steel.
When your soup is done, you can serve it up right away in pretty bowls or cute mugs, ladle it into a thermos for work or school lunches, or throw it in the freezer for future meals. Oh my gosh, have you ever seen a cute ladle? Serving your home made soup with a dino ladle would make even the pickiest eater pick up his spoon!
I have lots of recipes for soups, stews, and chili (which I always include in with soups) recipes, and cook at least one pot a week in Winter. Today I am making my mother’s recipe for home made vegetable soup. I’ll be using the bone from the ham we had for Christmas to add flavor. It is one of my all time favorite soups, and I will be sharing the recipe tomorrow. Do you like soups? What is your favorite soup?