Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Soups to Cook and Savor

By Patricia Cox

If you're short on ideas for an appetizer, you might want to consider making a soup at home. It's light, it warms the body, and the right ones are absolutely delicious. I have a whole cabinet full of recipes and I'd like to share some ideas with you.

Depending on what it's in it, a good soup can vary in both consistency and taste. I've been cooking soups for years now, and I'm going to share a few ideas with you if you're bored at home with the same old soups. There are plenty of ideas that you've probably never even thought about.

The first one on my list is a butternut squash soup that features an apple flavoring with it. It goes above and beyond the traditional roasted butternut squash soup by adding a nice, sweet and healthy layer to it.

If you like cream of broccoli soup, I can tell you that it goes even better with cheese. Not just ordinary melted cheese, but a bread accent that's flavored with cheese. Croutons are the best natural fit here, and the melted cheese inside the hot soup really makes it interesting.

If you're a fan of potatoes, try throwing a nugget into the middle of a cream of potato soup. Not only does it add to the flavor, but it gives your soup a great texture, as the warm potato will really enhance the overall experience.

Pumpkin is in season right now and people love a good pumpkin soup. Making one of these from a fresh pumpkin can be absolutely delicious. There are a number of different ways this can be served, both hot and cold. Use your imagination and get creative with the many possibilities.

Lastly, a cream of turkey soup with turkey dumplings inside. This requires a bit more work, but it's such a great soup and my personal favorite. If you have the energy to pull this off and you like turkey, then I know how you'll feel about this soup.

Well, I hope I've inspired you in one way or another. Most importantly, have some fun and always test the limits.

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