Late Winter Soup Season

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Late Winter Soup Season

By Paula Deen Test Kitchen

It’s official: the groundhog saw his shadow and you know what that means – we have a little longer to get friendly with wintry weather. And though it’s hard to muster the desire for another heavy stew, warming bowls of soup are still what we crave.

Soup is just what the doctor ordered for cold weather comfort. Curling up with a bowl of wholesome, steaming soup is a snuggly pleasure; it can make a laid-back night at home its own special occasion.

In generations past, women instinctively called up the restorative powers of chicken soup; they knew there are inherent healing properties of nutrient-rich broth.  And, though the term “antioxidants” was not yet in our health lexicon, they recognized that an old-fashioned vegetable soup is a potent source of nutrients that are vital to keeping us healthy while we battle seasonal germs.  Soup makes us feel better; it comforts us, so we want to eat it. 

Wonderfully healthful stocks are easy to make; while it is a commitment to simmering a pot of water, aromatics, and a chicken or beef bones, you can leave it on the stove pretty much unattended. The Lady’s Chicken Noodle Soup starts from scratch, simmering a chicken first to give you fragrant broth before adding the vegetables and noodles to make soup.

But there is nothing better than taking a shortcut and using one of the delicious canned or boxed broths.  They are full-flavored and available in low-salt, low-fat, and organic. With these, you can be eating soup in the time it takes to simmer the add-ins to doneness.  In Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup, the soup is done when the carrots, zucchini, and bite-size pieces of chicken are cooked.  All you need is a loaf of crusty bread to make a quick and satisfying supper.

Sometimes what we need is an exotic, full-flavored soup to wake up our taste buds, like the Thai flavors of Coconut Soup with chicken or the curry flavors in Creamy Coconut Soup with tilapia. Both use coconut milk to add creaminess to the broth-based soups.  Shrimp and Chocolate Tortilla Soup is spicy with cumin and has a rich depth of flavor with cocoa added to the broth.

Dried bean and lentil soups may take awhile to simmer, but their hearty goodness cheers a mid-winter day.  Senate Bean Soup and Shaggy Man Split Pea Soup are totally worth the wait and will warm your body and soul.

Fresh, single vegetable pureed soups are loaded with vitamins and vibrant color.  They are perfect for a light lunch or a first course to dinner.  Broccoli Soup, Creamy Squash Soup, and Carrot Soup with Blue Cheese are as beautiful to look at as they are tasty.

There’s no end to the possibilities of flavor combinations, and no denying the pleasure of a warm bowl or mug of soup cradled in your hands. It’s the best cure around for the winter blues.

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I can't find my recipe for Potato soup fixed in crockpot from Jan. issue 2008 Please send it to me--I need it asap!!! It's made with frozen hasbrown potatoes,cream cheese sour cream and like 4 other cheeses--my family loves this soup--it's the best!!! Thanks,Ialleta

By Ialleta Coryea on February 09, 2012

Paula even tho we have never met personally I feel like I have been a friend of you and your family for a long time now. I think spending an afternoon with you just sharing some good food and conversation would be like a week vacation in Paris. I would enjoy it that much. I hope to come to Savannah some day soon. I saw your show in person once and I so enjoyed it, you are every bit like you seem on TV, just a down home southern belle who can cook REALLY good. Keep up the good work. May the Lord bless you in all you do.

By Connie on August 02, 2010

Can’t wait to try some of these soups, some of them I have and they are so delicious.  Miss Paula’s cooking reminds me of my moms and my cooking.  We are both country cooks that cook from scratch.  My mom is a full believer of butter, you need it on everything!  My mom will be 80 soon.  My dream is to take her to the Lady and Sons and hopefully meet Miss Paula.  I told her if I ever can get a publisher for my gluten free cookbook, and make enough money, I will use it on a trip to Georgia.  It would make her dream come true.  We love Miss Paula, and have her cookbooks, and watch her shows.  Even when I’m feeling down, cooking one of Miss Paula’s recipes will bring me back up.  Thank You Miss Paula for being the person you are!  We Love You!

By Janet Balsbaugh on February 25, 2010

Paula, Just want to let you know that I feel like I know the whole family….....and I love you all so much…...God Bless All of You

By Mary on February 24, 2010

absoloutely love paula, paula cooks like she has a little soul in her. the LORD really gave her an amazing gift of food and gab.

By patricia hubbard on February 24, 2010

We love your shows Paula, I especially love your chicken noodle soup recipe, I would truly love to have the chance to come to Lady and Sons and meet you but due to some health problems im not able to travel that far ,but keep doing what your doing Paula you are a blessing from the Lord, you touch so many lives in such a possitive way God Bless you in all you do

By Tracy Greve on February 23, 2010

Just started reading your first book Sunday, almost through, great read.

By Johanna Virciglio on February 23, 2010

Sunday it was snowing hard and we had some of my homemade black bean and ham soup with homemade cornbread.  Was so yummy.  Nothing better on a cold snowy day…
I have most of Paula’s cookbooks and make several of her recipes and they all turn out great every time! Keep up the good work!

By Robin Lee on February 23, 2010

I absolutely love Paula!  Although we have never met, I love to watch her on tv, look at her cookbooks, and read her magazine.  We had my sister’s wedding reception at Lady and Son’s.  It was incredible!!  I made one of her soups last night.  Potato Soup with Shrimp.  Well, I didn’t have shrimp on hand, so I used a can of corn instead.  It was the BOMB!!  Loved every last bite!  Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes, Paula!  You are awesome!

By Jennifer Carder on February 23, 2010

I love Paula’s recipes, they are so well written with simple ingredients.  you don’t have to wonder if something you read means what you think it means, the recipes are written so well. 
I love simple, delicious home cooked food the best, her recipes are so comforting and stress free

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By Vicki Cornaire on February 23, 2010

I love Paula. I am a huge fan. I have tried quite a few of her recipes and they are all good. I love the banana bread recipe. I make it at least once a month. I would love to meet her.

By Cheryl Woodham on February 23, 2010

Your Baked Potato Soup has helped my marriage!

By Lisa Elrod on February 23, 2010

Great recipes as usual.

By Elden Annas on February 23, 2010

Gotta love G.R.I.T.S!!! I love all of Paula’s recipes! I know when I need something new to try, I can always count on Paula to bring something tasty to our table. I’ve never had a bad recipe from her and my family is always excited when I tell them were trying a new Paula Dean recipe! My husband has loved everything that I have made from her cookbooks. He says that Paula is the only woman in the world that he’d ever leave me for! Ha! Ha!

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By Jenny Whitfield on February 23, 2010

I do love soup!  I would love to have some of your squash cassoral. Not sure if I spelled it right or not.  I had some of it when I went to your resturant in GA.  I would love to go again but I am not planning a road trip right now. Just how do you make it?  I can cook but nothing like you! I have one cookbook by you.  I love to cook sweets more than meals.  I would love to know how to cook more homade meals.

By Kristie on February 23, 2010

I can’t wait to come to Savannah and go to your resturant!!

By Nicole Bevington on February 23, 2010

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By Ava Horner on February 23, 2010

I like paula’s recipes because i grew up in texas and alot of her recipes remind me of home.  they are easy to follow, and alot of them have ingredients that i have on hand.  Keep up the good work paula.  love ya

By Irena McWilliams on February 23, 2010

I love Paula and I do some of her recipes. As a senior, I have a lot of recipes of my own and I have revamped many of the recipes of the pros. I have written a cookbook which I am trying to get to the publisher. And my own recipes are more simple and down home with ingredients folk would have no problem finding. Its so frustrating when the pros use terms or ingredients that fledgling cooks don’t understand. That’s why I love Paula.

By Dianne Thompson on February 23, 2010

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