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Category: Soup

Smells like winter at our house!

Anyone out there remember my soup series based on John McCutcheon’s awesome song “Soup,” when we tried to cook our way through all the awesome types of soup listed in the song? Well this month John McCutcehon web site is offering the song as a free download! Head on over and check it out. It’s a great tune for winter days!

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Five spring circles, including a gathering verse, a candle-lighting verse, and two close of circle verses. Each circle is full of songs, verses, movement rhymes, and more, and the themes are Winter Goodbye, Dig a Little Earth, Flowers and Flower Fairies, Raindrops, and Animals All Around.

Smells like winter at our house: Chowder made with clam!

One of the best parts of our foray into soupmaking has been watching the imaginative play that has come out of it. Daniel loves pretending to make soup in his little kitchen… as long as he can steal a pot and wooden spoon from the big kitchen!   Our “chowder made with clam” recipe was an old family favorite, made from a recipe in The Boxcar Children Cookbook.

Jessie’s Clam Chowder: Makes 4 to 6 servings; we doubled it.

“Yum, yum! Jessie can make good chowder!” said Benny. –Surprise Island

Smells like winter at our house: Potato soup!

I’m playing catch up with our Soup posts. To read more about how we’re cooking our way through John McCutcheon’s song “Soup,” read here.

One of the things I love about making soup is it gives so many opportunities for the children to participate. We have lots of rhymes and songs to get us through the process, too.

When we’re preparing the vegetables, we love to recite

Chop, chop, chippity chop.

Cut off the bottom and cut off the top.

What we have left, we’ll put in the pot.

Chop, chop, chippity chop.

Smells like winter at our house! Minestrone

Minestrone: Italian minestra (soup) + -one
“The Big Soup”


According to Wiki, minestrone is “
the name for a variety of thick Italian soups made with vegetables, often with the addition of pasta or rice. Common ingredients include beans, onions, celery, carrots, stock and tomatoes.” There is no set recipe; rather, it uses whatever is in season… or, in our case, whatever is in the fridge.

I did use a recipe as a base and tossed in homemade chicken stock, carrots, green pepper, celery, onions, beans, tomatoes, spinach and some elbows. Then I just let it stew all morning as we did school.

Smells like winter at our house… Cream of Broccoli Soup!


They put a whole lot of love in the little black pot…

And Daniel is very thankful!
This one was an amalgamation of recipes. I started by sauteing some onions and celery in oil. I added about 3 cups of homemade chicken broth and then threw in a pound-and-a-half of broccoli florets. I chose to puree it after the broccoli was tender, but you can choose to keep the broccoli whole if you wish.

Smells like winter at our house… Soup with macaroni!


This was another soup we made last week for our soup challenge, and was a bit of a “throw it all together” affair: ground beef, beef broth, lots of veggies, including some cauliflower. And then we threw in some yummy spices.

Nicholas is dubious, perhaps because he is trying to eat soup with a fork.

In the words of John McCutcheon, “It only takes a little of whatever you’ve got”.

Ahhhh!

Smells like winter at our house… Chicken soup!


I’m behind on the posting, but not on the soupmaking!

As I wrote here, we’re cooking our way through John McCutcheon’s song Soup. Last week we made Quick Chicken and Dumplings from Southern Living’s Kids Cookbook. Actually, the kids made the soup. It’s not the healthiest recipe we’ve ever made, but it was quick and easy enough for the kids to do, and it was definitely yummy!

Quick Chicken and Dumplings
Combine 4 cups water, 3 cups cooked chopped chicken, 2 cans of cream of chicken soup, and 2 teaspoons of chicken bouillon, and 1 teaspoon pepper. (Instead of the water and bouillon, I just used chicken broth). Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring often.

Smells like winter at our house… Bean soup!

Bean soup, chicken soup, soup with macaroni
Cream of broccoli soup, minestrone
Potato soup, tomato soup, chowder made with clam
Miso soup, mushroom soup, split pea with ham
Bouillon, scallion, tom kha gai with lemongrass
Matzo ball, chili bean, cream of asparagus

John McCutcheon is one of my all-time favorite musicians. If you’re not familiar with him, he’s a contemporary folk singer who composes songs for adults and children alike. And he’s one of those rare breeds whose children’s songs appeal to adults as well. He’s humorous, poignant, and not too sappy.

Smells like winter at our house: Tomato soup!

OK, I’ll be the first to admit, we cheated on the tomato soup. It came from a can. Not even a nice organic can, either. A CAMPBELL’S can. Sigh.

If I was going to make tomato soup from scratch, though, I would totally have tried this recipe:
Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Ah well. Maybe next year.

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