Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Top Soups from Kitchen Bounty and a FREE Give Away!

This is your chance to win FIVE (not one! not two! or three or four ... but FIVE!) incredible, gorgeous, no-longer-fashionable, but oh-so-practical, hand-loomed cotton potholders woven by me ... Mr. Kitchen Bounty himself.  To win is easy. 

Make one of the soups below (or any soup on my site). Send me a photo BUT write a comment about the soup and post it on my site.  Love it? Hate it? I don't care. Did you change ingredients? Let me and other followers know!

Better yet, feel free to send me via e-mail your family-favorite soup! Maybe I will make it and share ...

I will randomly choose two winners whose comments, photos, soup exuberance seem to go together ...  Winners will be announced around St. Patrick's Day, March 2023. Please understand, potholders will be random colors and designs. What you see below are examples/samples.

To comment is easy. Simply click on the "comment" button at the very end of the recipe page you are using. Easy Peasy.

Are you a soup person? I am. I became addicted the first time I came home from school to the smell of my mother's chicken and rice soup. Heaven.

That's the only homemade soup she actually made ... or that I remember.

My father was not much on soup. He said he ate too much from a "can" during The Depression; so, for holidays, our meal starters were always salads. That made me sad. I always dreamed of a large Hollywood tureen of incredible soup elegantly ladled into gorgeous soup bowls and passed down the table. Ironically, when I visited home and brought some of my favorite soups, my father usually raved, especially my seafood-chowder.  Hi, DAD!

Right now, because of food inflation, soups are probably the most economical of meals one can prepare ... for yourself and your family. But one of their star benefits, to me,  is sharing a jar with a friend or neighbor, especially a senior. For seniors, soups are easy to re-heat and to eat. Plus, they are digestible, filled with vitamins--and pose little clean up.

TIPS: Homemade soup stock is always best. Truly, nothing compares. I tend to mix turkey and chicken parts together for a robust stock ... Turkey necks are often available and make for a great stock or added flavor to chicken stock. Never use chicken breast to make stock or broth. It has no fat whatsoever. BUT the bones are wonderful. Save the white meat for something else or cut up later to add to the soup which cooks up in just a few minutes.

When I lived up North, I had access to beautiful ham shanks (and pork cuts such as chops) not to mention real spring flowers like tulips and daffodils that did not die from the heat in two days ...  Here in the South, they are difficult to find for some reason. Sub ham hocks or smoked pork bones. Just yesterday I found a pitiful pack of sliced smoked ham shanks for $3.74. I grabbed them. Better than nothing.

I usually keep on hand several jars/flavors of "Better than Bouillon" to add if I need a stronger soup. I always always have chicken, smoked ham, beef flavors. If I hit the lottery ... mushroom, onion. Why not?

#1: HAM AND HOMINY SOUP   click here for recipe 

This actually began as a stew, but so many friends told me it was really about the wonderful broth that they wanted more. I listened. So I turned it into a soup. Ham shanks are not easy to find. Sometimes, sadly, they are sliced in packages (buy them!)  A ham bone would work, but nothing compares to a fat, chunky ham shank. Vary the "heat" according to your tastes. Like most soups, add what you want. Maybe some greens??? Yes, HOMINY ... It's not so bizarre or out of your comfort zone ... and you can find it in all grocery stores! Who knew!?

#2: EASY HAM AND BEAN SOUP click here for recipe

Like the Ham and Hominy soup, a meaty ham shank gives this soup taste and substance. I used to make a ham stock that I would simmer all day, strain and use as the base. It's not really necessary. Throw a shank or a couple of ham hocks into a pot of water with some sliced veggies, open a can of beans, especially "seasoned butter beans" and you're set to go. If you have never had them, seasoned butter beans have a wonderful "smoky" flavor, perfect for soups such as this.

#3: CABBAGE SOUP  click here for recipe 

Cabbages are usually plentiful, inexpensive and have a very long refrigerator life. Again, this uses ham shanks. Use ham hocks if need be. If I don't have enough ham, sometimes I cut up a smoked sausage or a piece of smoked kielbasa to add.

#4: CHICKEN SOUP WITH RICE, LEMON, DILL, RED PEPPER click here for recipe 

I taught in a small Indiana town that once had a diner lovingly owned by a Greek family. This is how they served their soup. I fell in love with it. It was only served on Friday's ... so me, along with fellow teachers, rushed the several blocks. They also made their own homemade rolls! Incredible. For the best chicken soup, use a homemade stock. Nothing compares. Nothing!


It's always fun to use the turkey carcass after a holiday meal. Making your own dumplings or noodles is a game changer. The meatballs are always a surprise ... but in a delicious way.


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I can not stress the importance of leaving spare ribs alone and just enjoying the meat that is neither barbecued, smoked, or rubbed. This is one of my favorite soups, bones and all! 


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No ham bone needed for this simple delicious soup. But I do recommend using the leeks which are now pretty available at most supermarkets. 

#8: POTATO SOUP WITH LEEKS, MUSHROOMS AND DILL. I love this soup ...  I think you will, too! ... click here

Once you get the hang of making soups, it is so easy ... Throw in this and that ... Stir up some quick bread.  A bit of cheese and good butter ... Say grace and be happy!

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