Archive for April, 2002

The Soup Lady spent her first 10 visits to the Lotus Inn ordering the miso soup, and then fell under the spell of the wonder that is Hot and Sour. A more devoted miso fan writes at the site with the naughty name and provides us with a clever method to get the
lunchtime miso fix.

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While the Soup Lady was away, the mailbag has been filling up.

Here is a letter from Ava South, for a soup that is her particular favorite: Dear SL, Here is a recipe that was originally in my Mama’s church group cookbook, but I modified for my own use. I love it, but I don’t make it too often because I tend to overindulge, if you know what I mean.

Cream Garden Soup

3 cups of peeled, diced potatoes, preferably red or Yukon gold
1 cup water
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, sliced
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 tsp. parsley flakes
1 chicken boullion cube
1/2 tsp. salt
Dash of pepper
1 1/2 cups skim milk
2 tsp. flour
1/2 cup lof-fat Velveeta, cubed

Combine first 9 ingredients. Mix well. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or till tender. Gradually add milk to flour, stirring till smooth. Add milk mixture to vegetables. Cook till thickened. Add cheese. Stir till melted. Serves 6 to 8.

Note: I also add frozen green beans and green peas. When I made the most recent batch I made the recipe about half again. It made a BIG pot of soup. Ava South

Nice touch with the low-fat bit at the end there, Ava. As if.

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What’s new?

Well, what a lot of action has been going on without me! New recipe sites aplenty, soup recipes in the mailbag, requests for soup recipes, soup for lunch, new old cookbooks waiting to be discussed. Recipe sites:
The Mixing Bowl : Lee, Shelagh and the gang have worked together to produce a friendly, easy-on-the-eyes group recipe site. Stop by and say hello.

What’s cookin’? : a new group blog that seems to have already found it’s voice. Too bad I happened by there after Easter, it looks like they had an entire celebration going on over there.

the Bitchin’ Kitchen : self-proclaimed recipe globe trotters.

Saute Wednesday : for the record, a little bit of cork in the wine glass has never stopped the Soup Lady. Or even slowed her down.

Jaz’s Quick Cooking : That Jaz is a girl after my own heart. An entire April Fool’s Day dinner made of Food Impostors.

Coming soon, from the mailbag, a recipe from Ava for Cream Garden Soup and a request from a reader for Cream of Cabbage Soup. Also, our next book review will be of that most delightful and practical relic of the sixties, the “I Hate To Cookbook” by Peg Bracken. I seem to remember her appearance on the Mike Douglas show touting this book. Did she just say the Mike Douglas show? Hey, if it was good enough for John and Yoko, then it should be good enough for you, too.

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