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February 6, 2014

Soup for February Chill


Susquehanna Valley — Peasant Soup

1 pound dried great northern beans

6 cups water

3 carrots, sliced

3 celery ribs, sliced

2 medium onions, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 bay leaves

1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

Rinse and sort beans. Place beans in a Dutch oven; add water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 to 4 hours or until beans are softened.

Drain and rinse, discarding liquid. Return to Dutch oven. Add 6 cups water, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, bay leaves, tomatoes, basil and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1-1/2 hours or until the beans are tender.

Discard the bay leaves. Add oil and heat through. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts)

(Recipe courtesy of "Best Loved Recipes," Reiman Publications)

French Onion Soup

1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced (about 4 cups)

1/4 cup butter, cubed

2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth

2 tablespoons sherry or additional beef broth

1/2 teaspoon pepper

4 slices French bread (1/2-inch thick), toasted

4 slices provolone cheese

Place onion and butter in a 1-1/2 quart slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until onion is tender. Stir in the broth, sherry and pepper. Cover and cook 2 to 3 hours longer or until heated through.

Ladle the soup into ovenproof bowls. Top each with a slice of toast and cheese. Broil 4 to 6 inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.

(Recipe courtesy of "Taste of Home Almost Homemade," Reiman Publications)

Easy Baked Potato Soup

3 to 4 medium baking potatoes, baked

5 bacon strips, diced

2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of potato soup, undiluted

1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted

3-1/2 cups milk

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Dash Liquid Smoke, optional

1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream

Shredded cheddar cheese

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    3 oz mozzarella

    ½ cup sharply shredded cheddar cheese

    ½  cup buffalo wing sauce

    2/3 cup panko bread crumbs

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