Monday, November 12, 2007

Family Favorite . . .

Ask people which soups are their favorites and you'll get different answers, but almost all of them will agree that a bowl of soup is a good thing, especially if someone has made it from scratch.

In our family, the house specialty for a long time was potato soup, made with bratwurst browned in a little olive oil, with garlic, onion, carrot, and celery added next, then some diced, cooked potatoes, milk and/or cream, salt, pepper, and thyme.

Depending on who was cooking, there might be other ingredients, herbs, or spices. If we'd had ham recently, the left-overs would be substituted for the bratwurst. Occasionally left-over mashed potatoes would be thrown into the blender with some of the milk and then added as a thickener.

Add a side of fresh bread or cornbread and some sliced apples and cheddar cheese, and everyone would be happy.

It's one of the consolations of cold weather.

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