Cool Weather is Coming. We Hope

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Posted by Glenna

In preparation for fall I wanted to test my skills in remembering how to make my favorite cool weather soup.

It's September. It's Back-to-School. It's almost FALL, my favorite season of the year. I love that first week when the temps start dropping and the rain moves in to the central U.S. where I am. Okay, perhaps I shouldn't be so happy without saying I feel bad for the hurricanes coming in off the Gulf to Central America and our Gulf Coast states, but being in Missouri, September means lots of rain and a re-greening of the lawns as the temperatures drop. Wait. Maybe I should define "drop". Sure, it's a balmy 85 degrees (farenheit) here right now but that feels like refridgerator temperatures compared to the last month of 105 degrees with shirt-sticking humidities. The windows are open without that death-suck of hot air coming in from outside and people are less cranky than they have been for weeks. THAT'S what I like about Fall.

To kick off September and hopefully hasten the cool temperatures along by suggestion, I made a pot of three bean soup this week and gladly took it in my dinner for work. Unfortunately, we had an extremely busy evening so I didn't get to eat it but right before I left the hospital one of my co-workers was spooning it into her mouth and simultaneously moaning and thanking me for sharing. I bet she also enjoyed my two almond windmill cookies that have been a favorite of mine, and most of the people I know, since childhood. I don't know the official name but I confess that even more than loving home-made cookies at Grandma's house, I loved those almond ginger windmills

You'll notice that I used a regular plastic-ware bowl for the soup. I know I can be slow on the uptake but has anyone else noticed that soup doesn't do very well in the bento-style lunch boxes? Perhaps it's just me that's had soup juice spilled all over my scrubs but hey, I'm a quick learner. It only took two, three, maybe four times before I learned my lesson and picked up the Glad bowls with screw on lids just for soup days. :-)

One of the things I love about this soup is how easy it is. I make it in the crockpot so it's all about sauteing the vegetables, throwing the rest of the ingredients in the pot, and forgetting it until dinner time.

Easy 3 Bean Soup

1/2 medium onion, diced
1/2 cup carrots, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 tbsp oil or butter
Sauté over medium heat until tender.
Into the crockpot they go, along with:
1/2 cup each dried pinto, kidney, and great northern beans
1 cup ham, diced (optional)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 clove garlic, minced
32 oz beef, chicken, or vegetable broth
salt to taste
Directions: Cook on "high" for 5 hours or "low" all day while you're at work. Voila!

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This post was written by Glenna from A Fridge Full of Food.


We don't have crockpots here... but the recipe seems lovely and very hearty!

Raaga said...
September 5, 2007 at 10:55:00 AM GMT+2  

Glenna, lovely nutritious soup. I've said this before - I always have mixed feelings when summer ends and Fall is around the corner - but it's soups like this that eases the transition into Fall ;-).

Raaga, I do not have a crockpot either so I normally make these kind of soups in a large oven-proof pot and slow cook it in the oven on a low-medium heat! Works well!

Meeta said...
September 5, 2007 at 1:15:00 PM GMT+2  

Hi, Lovely soup! The windmill cookies are "speculaas", very popular here in Holland, especially in the fall.

Anonymous said...
September 6, 2007 at 12:03:00 PM GMT+2  

True to my roots I do not have a crockpot either but a large pot simmering covered on low heat works fine, or a clay pot in the oven. We dropped from 110 to 90 and we actually feel like breathing again also. Great recipe!

Tartelette said...
September 6, 2007 at 9:00:00 PM GMT+2  

Raaga--Thank you.

Meeta--I agree about the transition. Great idea to adapt the idea.

Anonymous--Ahhh, thank you for the name. I love those things.

Tartelette--I totally relate about the heat.

Glenna said...
September 7, 2007 at 9:49:00 AM GMT+2  

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