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Happy Sunday Ladies!  You know this week I was stumped for a while about what to have fun with this week-but Fall weather is finally, begrudgingly hitting us here in Southern California!
In fact, we had FOG and CHILLY mornings, several days this week!

This made me think of soup.  I love soup.  My daughter-in-law to be loves soup.  My husband likes it-as long as I put some kind of ANIMAL protein into it.  Our son, not so much.  

I know we did a couple of columns about favorite soups while it was still steaming hot, but I thought now that I can stand cooking in the kitchen again (no one touches the BBQ with anything but reverence here in our home)why not talk about our favorite soups?

As I'm writing this, I'm eating a nice big bowl of "must go" soup.  And a very tasty, healthy, lo-cal lunch it is!  I made some sauce the other night to go over some sirloin steak tips and barley.  It had a can of fire-roasted tomatoes, a can of white beans, garlic, cumin, onions and spinach.  As you can see, it was serving as our vegetable that evening as well.  Last night I made our family's favorite broccoli dish-steamed with a slight dressing of minced garlic, salt, lemon juice and olive oil.  I sprinkled it with some toasted sesame seeds.  Had just enough left to combine and heat up for today's "must go" soup.

I think you might be seeing what I'm saying:  Soup is a great dish to use up wilted vegetables, leftover grains or pasta, tidbits of meat, chicken, fish, etc...

Now this time my base was the can of fire-roasted tomatoes, but I also have found that a great soup base is spaghetti sauce!  Think about it, it's filled with flavor and you can thin it down with any time of broth, or if you're looking for something indulgent, you can use cream, milk or evaporated milk.  Adjust the seasonings to your family's taste and voila-a hearty meal within a matter of minutes!
Try thinking outside of the box-many of us had a turkey carcass or ham bone to deal with-you didn't have to make turkey or split pea with the remains.  Why not create some turkey chili (it's just a thick stew) or make a cream base with the ham and add some sweet peas, carrots, onions and pasta for a carbonara soup, of sorts?

On Wednesday-I'm going to share a couple of recipe ideas on traditional soups with a twist!


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