The Richmond Register

December 5, 2012

Soups to warm the soul on a cold winter's night

Table Talk

By Arritta Morris
Register Columnist

RICHMOND — I do hope we have a white Christmas. Being a native of San Antonio, the snow is such a beautiful gift that this area receives from time to time.. Here are some good soup recipes to enjoy in case that snow storm comes our way this month.

I remember Belle Jackson's(Mary Lee) mother yelling at her in the middle of Boone Street when Belle was trying to ride a mope head up Boone Hill in the worst snow storm I had ever experienced.. She made it up there but heaven only knows how she made it back.

Back to my subject of soups. There are so many to choose from that I thought I would give you some very simple ones to try. I hope you enjoy this one.

5- ITEM SOUP

Ingredients:

2 cans of beans not drained. I use whatever I have on hand. Kidney beans or pinto beans work the best

2 cans of diced tomatoes'. One might try one can of diced and one can of Rotel type. That is if you like it hotter. Do not drain the tomato's.

1 can of cut up corn not drained

1 package of Ranch Dressing powdered mix

1 package of taco seasoning. If you are watching the salt intake, use only the spice cumin. Use about 1 tablespoon.

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a large sauce pan and heat for about 30 minutes on a low heat.

Serve with chips and cheese and sour cream on top.

I need to tell you another story about the cold winter weather. Bernal Parker who I think is the greatest business person I ever have known. When this great snow storm came, he talked me into riding down a hugh hill behind the Christian Church here in Berea on the hood of a car. I thought we were going to be in Richmond in about 4 minutes we were going so fast. If that was not enough to scare the life out of me, we then rode down the hill on a pair of bed springs with about 10 others. I did fall off of that one and did not have to climb as far as the others back to the top of the hill...Oh the great life....

Kim Decoste provided me with a soup recipe from the Diabetic Clinic at the Madison County Health Department. It is so important for  the diabetic to pay attention to the fiber in one's meal plan daily.

LENTIL VEGETABLE SOUP

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cup dry lentils

4 cups of tomato juice

1/2 cup sliced carrots

3 TBSP parsley

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 clove garlic minced or 1/8 tsp garlic powder

8 cups of water

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup sliced celery

1/2 tsp dried oregano

Directions:

Rinse lentils and drain. In a large pan combine lentils, water and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer 45 minutes. Makes Approx.15 cups

1 cup serving=Calories 120, Fiber-2 gm, Fat<1 gm, Carbohydrates-21 gms Protein-3.2 gms

Another different type of soup is from Hoss's Steak and Sea House in Meadville Pa.

STUFFED PEPPER SOUP

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground beef

1 can (28 oz) tomato sauce

1 can (28 oz) dice tomatoes,  not drained

2 cups cooked converted or long grain rice

2 cups chopped green pepper

2 beef bouillon cubes

1/4 cup of brown sugar

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper.

Directions:

In  a large saucepan or Dutch oven, brown beef and drain off fat.

Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes or until peppers are tender. Yield:10 servings

Before you leave my table I have to tell you one more "snow story". At one time I drove a school bus for Madison County School system. Remember I was raised in San Antonio and had no idea what snow chains were much less where they go on a vehicle. Mr. Adams the principal at the time at Kirksville Elementary called me one morning to tell me to go and have these chains put on the bus because they were getting ready to call school off. I went out to the local gas station on US 21 and insisted that the station employee (Mr Neely who was a great person to put up with my lack of knowledge of snow) put these chains on the front of the bus. He told me had it not been a school bus, he would have put them on my car to see how they would work on the front of a vehicle. Much to my embarrassment, I received a big slice of humble pie that day.

I do hope I have challenged you to try some different soups and that they indeed warm your soul on a cold winter's night.

Email address: amorris410303@Gmail.com

Arritta Morris has a bachelor's degree in nutrition from Eastern Kentucky University and a master's degree in counseling. She is certified as a Food Service Specialist by the School and Nutrition Association.