If you take a look at the sidebar of The Spice Garden this month, you'll find my personal 'must make' list of soups. I am finding such inspiration around the web and from my friends' foodblogs! I'm also digging around in my cook book collection looking for some new inspiration. I invite all of you, dear readers and friends, to make your own list of 'must make' soups ... and post a few! I'll be looking around the web all month. By the time February arrives, I'm hoping to have a whole list of soups for experimenting with for the rest of the winter!
Last evening I made a beautiful lentil soup with kielbasa. The recipe came to me from the Food Network's overview of Ina Garten's cooking show. My only change was to add more onion because I did not have a leek in the pantry. I also halved the recipe, as I am wanting to make other soups and don't want to freeze or have too much leftover soup sitting around the house.
This lentil concoction was just what SB and I needed, as we continue to fight off the flu bug and the hanging-on cold that accompanies the virus. When one is ill, a bowl of soup is just such a blessing. It's easy to prepare, fills the lungs with steamy relief, and can be made in bulk so that the time in the kitchen is decreased and the time on the couch or in bed under covers is increased.
This morning, it has snowed. It's just so beautiful in the woods around the grey cottage! That leftover soup will be our warm and steamy lunch ... January really IS a perfect month to have a ubiquitous pot of soup on the hob, don't you think?
So, here's to soup! Get crackin' on your list and enjoy the steamy comfort! Come back soon to see what's coming up next in my soup pot!
See the link for Ina's Lentil Soup in the sidebar ...