Is it time to Talk Soup Yet?

By Kathleen Guagliano (Katg) on October 13, 2010

With Chilly temps approaching...It's time to talk "Soup" This could be a meal in itself, an appetizer, or even a dessert. However, we definitely can't forget soup's role as the Ultimate Comfort Food!


I want to know who the wonderful person was who first invented soup. Was it the Caveman who used bamboo trees filled with clay, reptile shells, and the stomachs from the animals they had killed? Or was it those clever souls that invented the first earthenware pottery that could withstand boiling temperatures? (around 6,000 BC) Well, whoever it was, I thank you from the bottom of my heart as soup is probably one of the most enjoyable foods to cook and savor!

 Where did the name Soup come from? Well, there are a few theories. One theory is that the word soup comes from the same source as the English term "sop," meaning a piece of bread soaked in liquid. Then there’s the French version. They say the word Soup comes from the French word Soupe meaning “broth”. The German’s agree with the English – using the word "Sop. Whatever the origin, you have to agree we’ve come a long way. Soups today are vast and sophisticated. They range anywhere from thick soups bordering on stews to thin clear consommés, and everything in between. All I know is...I Love Soup!

My favorite memories of soup go back to when I was a child. Walking home from school on a cold winter’s day in Canada and my Mom would have this glorious pot of “whatever” kind of soup waiting on the stove. You would walk into the house and the aroma was just awesome. It’s those comforting memories that compel me to make soup these days. Yes, I live in Florida where the day temperatures rarely go below 80.  But I still really enjoy making soup!

 Here’s a few good Winter Soups I make…Full of really good stuff! I'm hoping there may be something for everybody here...

Click on the Photo's for the individual recipes


Click on the Photo's for the individual recipes


Famous Soup Quotes

To feel safe and warm on a cold wet night, all you really need is soup."
(Laurie Colwin)

"Good soup is one of the prime ingredients of good living.  For soup can do more to lift the spirits and stimulate the appetite than any other one dish." Louis P. De Gouy, 'The Soup Book' (1949)

"Only the pure of heart can make good soup" (Beethoven)

"It [soup] breathes reassurance, it offers consolation; after a weary day it promotes sociability...There is nothing like a bowl of hot soup, it's wisp of aromatic steam teasing the nostrils into quivering anticipation."
 (Waldorf-Astoria chef), 'The Soup Book' (1949) Louis P. DeGouy

Soup puts the heart at ease, calms down the violence of hunger, eliminates the tension of the day, and awakens and refines the appetite." (Augusge Escoffier)

A Jewish woman had two chickens. One got sick, so the woman made chicken soup out of the other one to help the sick one get well. (Henny Youngman)

Good manners: The noise you don't make when you're eating soup. (Bennett Cerf)

Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor. (Marge Kennedy)


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Yes, soup and stew weather is here Zanymuse Jan 14, 2011 7:42 AM 109
Timely article TwinLakesChef Oct 23, 2010 2:13 PM 17

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