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February 6, 2014

Soup for February Chill


Susquehanna Valley — Peel and dice the baked potatoes; set aside. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels. Drain, reserving 1-1/2 teaspoons drippings.

Add the soups, milk, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, pepper, Liquid Smoke if desired and reserved potatoes to the drippings.

Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Stir in sour cream; cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through (do not boil). Garnish with cheddar cheese and bacon. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).

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

Zesty Vegetable Beef Soup


8 cups water

3 pounds bone-in beef short ribs

1 large onion, quartered

2 medium carrots, quartered

2 celery ribs, quartered

8 whole allspice

2 bay leaves

1 tablespoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper


4 cups V8 juice

3 celery ribs, sliced

2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed

2 medium carrots, sliced

1 medium onion, diced

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1 cup uncooked noodles

In a Dutch oven or stockpot, slowly bring broth ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours or until meat is tender.

Remove ribs; allow to cool. Skim fat and strain broth; discard vegetables and seasonings. Remove meat from bones and cut into bite-size pieces; return to broth. Add the first 10 soup ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until vegetables are tender.

Stir in noodles. Return to a boil; cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until the noodles are tender. Discard bay leaves. Serves 12 to 14 (3-3/4 quarts).

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

Cajun Corn Soup

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped green pepper

6 green onions, sliced

1/2 cup canola oil

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3 cups water

2 packages (16 ounces each) frozen corn

1-1/2 pounds smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch pieces

3 cups cubed fully cooked ham

1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Cajun-style seasoned tomatoes

2 cups chopped peeled tomatoes

1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste

Salt to taste

Hot pepper sauce to taste

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    1 ½ cups milk

    1 oz. grated monterrey jack cheese

    3 oz mozzarella

    ½ cup sharply shredded cheddar cheese

    ½  cup buffalo wing sauce

    2/3 cup panko bread crumbs

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