Comfort food

As the cold slowly drifts into our daily life here is lovely ole’ Iowa, I am starting to think about food. I love food. A lot. I especially love winter comfort food. Soups and stews and casseroles, oh my!

The other day I was at Mom’s for dinner. She had made a soup that my grandma calls Alice’s Soup. It was delish! It really didn’t sound all that great, but boy was I wrong. I could have definitely had a second bowl. So when I went to the grocery store the next time, I got all the ingredients to make my own batch. You see, as we slow down on the farm in the winter I am home a lot more regularly and eat dinner alone most days. Soups are my go to meals. This one is on top of my list. It’s a really simple soup that is hardy.

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It starts with Cauliflower. A whole head, chopped.

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Of course I never do anything with veggies without taking the trimmings out to the rabbits.

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Once chopped and rinsed well, put in a pot with just enough water to cover it and bring to a boil. Boil until tender.

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While that is boiling, I cut up the onion and potatoes.

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I made a double batch so I couldn’t fit all the cauliflower and the potatoes in one pan.

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Lovely! In to the pot they go and boil until tender.

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One whole onion finely chopped. Sauté in butter until tender.

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I also used bouillon cubes instead of chicken broth. Boiled the water and let them dissolve.

20161202_09005120161202_090727.jpgThe next thing is the ham. The recipe says as much as you want. I used about half of this ham for a double batch.

20161202_092218.jpgOnce cubed I just set it aside.

20161202_092618.jpgThe last ingredients are Bean and Bacon soup and Velveeta.

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Of course mom does all things to taste. But she told me how much she used for her soup and that’s what I used. It was only about 4 oz.

Once everything is mix it all together in a pot and simmer.

20161202_094626.jpgNow, here’s where I hope my mom isn’t reading this. I am always giving her a hard time about not just following the recipe. Well…I didn’t exactly follow the recipe.

20161202_091617.jpgI was digging through my pantry and came across a can of mushrooms. So I thought, huh, that might be good. So I chopped them up and sautéed them in butter.

20161202_092233I then added them to the soup. I thought is was about perfect. However, when I went to town the next day I say corn and thought, Umm maybe I should. So I did. A half of a can of cream corn and a half a can of regular corn. Now it is perfect!

I froze a number of containers and ate a couple. Can’t wait for some cold crappy day to settle in with this.

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