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Name: ursula
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Mutisia
Feb 3, 2017 6:34 PM CST
I would love to try it!

Name: Critter (Jill)
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critterologist
Feb 3, 2017 9:56 PM CST
I didn't know homemade soup had a Day. I like it!

I made some broth yesterday from a couple of holiday ham bones/ends that were in the freezer. Pea soup is on my radar now! I remember going back & forth about liking it as a kid.. loved the flavor, not so wild about its appearance. I suspect the dark amber ham broth won't help with that.

What else would you make with a ham base... ?

I've made soup in various ways through the years... I used to put a pot on the stove in grad school while I was reading papers... every once in a while I'd take a break, stir the pot, and chop up something else to throw in. Then I discovered crock pots, which are soup's best friend.

If I'm doing a bunch of stock (eg, with a "new" set of turkey bones plus another bag I shoved in the freezer a few months earlier), I'll use my brother's tip about doing it in the oven in the big roasting pan (400 degrees keeps it simmering and browns whatever is on the surface)... stir it around once or twice so different things get browned, but no worry about anything "sticking" to the bottom.

And now my crock pot has been moved to the basement, because just before Christmas I got an Instant Pot -- an electric, set it and forget it type of pressure cooker. It makes great soup, really fast, even if I start with a frozen chunk of meat! Using pressure also gets flavor into potatoes or beans very nicely, so no more thinking "this would taste better if I put it in the fridge until tomorrow and let it flavor through."

OK, so what are YOUR random thoughts about soup??
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RenaeC
Feb 3, 2017 10:49 PM CST
I already shared my soup recipe on the chowtime2017 thread...besides I'm thinking of chow mein tomorrow. Or you know what I can make Phô tomorrow. That's a great soup :hearts:

Critterologist, you could make a 'loaded baked potato' soup with your ham base, or dumpling soup, ham and veggies soup, beans and ham soup , or better yet try a ham and cheddar cheese soup and serve with some fluffy homemade biscuits...yum! It'd be just like a ham and cheese sandwich only better cause its now comfort food :)
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critterologist
Feb 3, 2017 10:58 PM CST
Thanks -- I was looking for ideas other than peas/beans! Loaded baked potato soup sounds every bit as comforting as chicken & dumplins
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RenaeC
Feb 3, 2017 11:19 PM CST
Well if you're not doing just a ham bases for soup then there's sooo many other soups to try. French onion soup which is amazing with sourdough on the side, butternut squash soup, minestrone, chicken and rice, chicken noodle, chicken dumplings, clam chowder, beef stew, tomato and basil, lemon grass chicken soup, tortilla soup, menudo, posole, phô, mushroom, loaded baked potato, split pea, bacon bean soup, potato soup, ham and cheese soup, roasted beef,chili and lime shrimp, gumbo, vegetable soup, hamburger soup, lamb and barley, turkey and rice, egg drop soup, hot and sour pork soup, spicy tofu soup, and coconut chicken, and soba or lotus noodle soup thats all I can think of right now...
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critterologist
Feb 3, 2017 11:54 PM CST
Love love love your list!!

And while I was looking for a couple other ideas for the ham broth I just made, I figure this thread is just for soup chat in general!
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RenaeC
Feb 4, 2017 12:11 AM CST
Thank you. I ate (still eat) a lot of soups and I make a lot of homemade soups too. My grandma used to make chicken and rice soup when we were growing up.
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Calif_Sue
Feb 4, 2017 1:15 PM CST

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I make a very simple healthy version with the pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from Costco, chopped celery, onions & carrots, low sodium chicken broth, a bit of s&p and cumin. Sometimes I add a pinch of tumeric, curry and/or red pepper. About 20 minutes before serving, I add a shredded head of cabbage, Napa cabbage is our favorite. No pasta or rice, trying to keep our blood sugar down.
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