January is downright cold. Many of us are taking a beating with near record low temps and lots of rain and snow. Warm up family and friends with some of my best chill-chasing soups. Nothing takes the chill off better than a warm bowl of soup. In honor of National Soup Month, I’m here to share a few of our favorite soups here at The Log Home Kitchen. Using a simple base, the possibilities become endless. And with a little bit of prep on the weekend, you can enjoy these one-pot wonders any night of the week with ease. All you need is to have a few diced veggies on hand. You can make it super easy by storing pre-cut frozen ones from your local market (or freeze your own). Now that’s simple enough! Soups are one of my all time favorites, especially this time of year. They’re easy to make, are adaptable to virtually any type of diet, and they’re filling. You can pack just about all of the food groups into one big pot of satisfying comfort.
Starting with a roux, which is a fancy term for butter, flour, and broth that’s whisked together, a creamy base is formed to add meat and/or veggies. Broccoli Cheddar Soup is one of our favorites. It’s loaded with chopped broccoli, onions and carrots.
By using the same base, you can make a delicious, creamy New England Clam Chowder that’s simply divine. The addition of celery, corn and diced potatoes makes this a meal. A few years back I entered a recipe contest. Runner Up Chicken Noodle Soup has become a go-to in this house for everything from a main dish to nursing a bad cold. And there’s nothing like a loaf of crusty bread or soft rolls slathered in butter to serve on the side. If you work full-time like I do, the weekend is a great time to try your hand at some home-baked Old World Artisan Bread or dinner rolls that will vanish fast and furious. I’ll show you how to make these buttery Idaho Potato Rolls using a bread machine for the dough. That part alone will free you up to do other things with your valuable time! We’re still way below zero at night, and are lucky to get in to the single digits in the daytime. It’s a trade-off, living a country lifestyle in a four season climate. But we wouldn’t do it any other way.
What are you all doing to chase the Winter chill away? It’s always great to hear about and share new ideas. Be sure to stop in for a quick comment below.
I’ll be back with more ways to warm up, so stay tuned. Happy souping everyone!