Friday Morning Bookclub

September 15, 2010

My Soup Buddy

Filed under: Recipes — susanbright @ 10:31 am

I have a soup buddy and she is the best! Sharon and I became soup buddies about a year ago. Sharon is my next door neighbour and she too is a soup junkie! We share  a passion for making soup. If there is a chill in the air, there is a pot of soup on one of our stoves. Making soup is only fun if you can make a huge vat of it, however now that the kids are out of the house, we just can’t eat it all our selves. Sometimes I put containers of soup in the freezer, but it never seems to get eaten as I would much rather make another pot than defrost the frozen soup. After all, making it and smelling it cooking on the stove is half the fun!  I can’t even remember exactly how our special soup arrangement started. Was it Sharon that first knocked on my door with a container of her delicious carrot soup? Was it my cabbage soup that put everything into motion? All I can tell you is that if you are a soup lover, having a soup buddy is the best.  I love when my phone rings in the morning and it is my soup buddy telling me she has a container of soup for me.  Having a soup buddy inspires me.  No longer do I stick to my old favorites: chicken, vegetable  and cabbage. Last year I made Hot and Sour soup for the first time. It is now one of my family’s favorite. After trying Sharon’s Italian Wedding Soup, I had to try making it for myself and it was wonderful. Sharon makes the best Vegetarian Barley Soup.  I am always looking for new recipes to try! This weekend I made Turkey Leftover Soup. I know that it is only September, but it was raining and there was definitely a chill in the air. Autumn is right around the corner! Find a soup buddy. It really is the best!

Turkey Left Over Soup

1 turkey carcass with plenty of turkey left on (left over from my holiday dinner)

onion, celery, carrots

 corn (roasted is the best and it is sold at Trader Joes)

left over gravy (if you have it throw some in, it thickens the soup and adds flavor)

salt, pepper, parsley (to taste)

chicken bouillon cubes (if needed)

 rice, barley or noodles (whatever you have in your pantry)

Put left over carcass in a huge pot, and cover it with water. Add salt, pepper and an onion for flavor. Cook for several hours while you relax and read a good book. (I am reading Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Travelers’ Wife). I had to get something in about books! Taste the delicious broth! Remove all the bones and save the meat to be thrown back into the soup. Add diced carrots, celery, onions and corn. Throw in some gravy and cook on a low temperature until the vegetables are tender. Add salt, pepper and or more gravy as needed. If it needs a little more flavor add a few bouillon cubes.  Add barley, noodles or rice. This time I used orzo because I had an open box in my pantry. Remember soup is always better the second day!

Do you have a favorite soup recipe to share?



  1. I think this is a great idea to add to our blog. As I was reading this I started to get a warm and cozy feeling. I would love to share recipes, please post Sharon’s Vegetarian Barley Soup recipe. I’m appealing to other visitors to our blog to post their favorite recipes, and let us know what book you’re reading while you’re cooking. Happy eating!!!

    Comment by Audrey — September 15, 2010 @ 11:01 am | Reply

  2. AAWWW… I loved it ! I think I am going to look up some old recipes so we can add to our repertoire. Once again you have inspired me. BTW…..turkey soup….gone !

    Comment by sharon — September 15, 2010 @ 11:45 am | Reply

  3. Hi Soup Buddy! What have you been reading lately?

    Comment by susanbright — September 15, 2010 @ 3:28 pm | Reply

    • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. Have you read it? My “Three Book Club” friend gave me a list, so once the weather changes I’ll be making soup and reading. I found 3 new recipes I would like to try, but you’ll have to wait and be surprised.

      Comment by sharon — September 15, 2010 @ 3:36 pm | Reply

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