It’s kick-off season so let’s hit the bowls

Baked-Potato-SoupYou can feel it in the air, hear it in the wind, see it on the faces of our neighbors as they’re bundled-up for colder days to come. It’s kick-off season and we couldn’t be happier about it. No, not that type of kick-off, although football season does bring out the best in food and family. It’s the kick-off of soup season – let the aromas begin.

One of our favorite quotations about soup came from the famous English novelist and playwright Margaret Kennedy who said, “Soup is a lot like family. Each ingredient enhances the others;  each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor.” Don’t you just love that remark? It really is incredibly true.

A trend in soup-making that is gaining a great deal of traction is roasted vegetable soup. It’s a surefire way to have each ingredient enhance the other, but it’s also the best way to preserve the vegetable’s flavor and nutrients as reported in this fine article by Nino Salvaggio of International Marketplace: http://tinyurl.com/o54636k. One of our favorite soup recipes with roasted vegetables and potatoes that your family will enjoy over and over again is this classic from North Canton Patch which they appropriately call Mood Food: http://tinyurl.com/oa9nrkj.

Here in Wisconsin, there’s no shortage of worshipers of potato and cheese soup. And like Margaret Kennedy said about soup and family having their own characteristics, there are so many nuances to potato and cheese soup that any family can give the recipe their own customized tradition. Some add bacon, others add leeks, and still others add beer; but this being a blog abut feeding your family, we really can’t condone that sort of seasoning. So from our own reader’s recipe box, check out this potato and cheese soup, but here’s the spoiler alert; it does have bacon and beer:

http://eatwisconsinpotatoes.com/rbook/recipe/view/3191, but this recipe steers clear of the frothy fixing: http://eatwisconsinpotatoes.com/rbook/recipe/view/2829.

So, soup is on. The time is now. We’re ready to reach full flavor. Your family is waiting, but we’re waiting, too. We look forward to hearing from you about your favorite soup recipes for the family.

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