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Cloudy with a chance of soup…

As I write this blog post, our weather forecast in Methuen calls for rain/snow showers and wind today with continuing clouds on the horizon for the next few days.  Snow, wind chill factors, overcast –Ah, New England winters!  What’s one to do when you can’t hide under a blanket and hibernate for the season?

Give yourself a warm hug all over with a steaming bowl of soup.  Or how about an easy crock pot stew that makes itself during the day and greets you at the door with an alluring warm aroma?  Hello Crock, I’m home!Image of item

Try recipes from the following cookbooks to combat the Winter Blahs.  As the Campbell Soup commercials say, it’s “Mmm, mmm good!”

Superfood soups : 100 delicious, energizing & plant-based recipes by Julie Morris

Damn Delicious:  100 super easy, super fast recipes by Chunga Rhee

Editor’s Note:  I’ve made a soup, a one-pot meal and a slow-cooker recipe from this book this winter and they were all as the book proclaims:  easy, fast and delicious!

The New Slow Cooker:  comfort classics reinvented by Brigit Binnsmac-cheese

Old-School Comfort Food:  the way I learned to cook by Alex Guarnaschelli

The mac + cheese cookbook: 50 simple recipes from homeroom, America’s favorite mac and cheese restaurant by Allison Arevalo and Erin Wade

Bowl: vegetarian recipes for ramen, pho, bibimbap, dumplings, and other one-dish meals by Lukas Volger

Now, if you will excuse me, a grilled-cheese sandwich and a bowl of hot tomato soup are calling my name!


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Did you know that January is National Soup Month?  Nothing warms us up like a good book and a warm bowl of soup.  Here at the library we have many (and I mean many) cookbooks with great soup recipes.

Working in the children’s room there are several great stories about the topic of soup to read with kids .  A few of my favorite stories are:

  • Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert – It is a story about how a wonderful garden grows into a great meal.
  • Stone Soup by Marcia Brown – A wonderful story about bringing a town together over a community cauldron of delicious soup made with one special ingredient.
  • The Cat who Liked Potato Soup by Terry Farish – Two unlikely friends bond over their favorite activity followed by their favorite meal of potato soup.

Enjoy and stay warm!