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Beet and cabbage borscht
(Provided photo — Yvona Fast)

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Winter is time for bowls of hot, steamy, comforting soup. That is probably why January is National Soup Month.

On a cold winter day, a pot of simmering soup will warm your house. A pot of boiling soup puts steam into the dry winter indoor air, which is a good thing.

Soup is healthy. Because it has lots of liquid, it is hydrating. It includes fiber and vitamins from vegetables and protein from meat or beans. Potatoes, grains or pasta provide carbohydrates for energy.

This prehistoric one-pot dish goes back in time to the discovery of pottery more than 8,000 years ago. As soon as humans made pots to cook in, they made soup. In these modern times, every culture and country serves some type of traditional soup.

A pot of soup is an inexpensive way to feed your family. Serve scrumptious soup with a nice loaf of bread and a salad. You can buy canned soup, order soup at your favorite restaurant, or create your own delicious soup in your kitchen.

Soup is a versatile dish that can be made with almost anything. Look in the cupboard to see what you have available. Grains, pasta, beans. What vegetables are in your fridge or freezer? Do you have some meat to add? What herbs and spices are in your spice cabinet? Almost anything can be put in your soup. Even things generally discarded, like bones or onion skins, can be cooked first to add flavor and nutrients to the broth.

Soups are customizable to your tastes. A borscht recipe calls for caraway seeds but you don’t like caraway seeds? Sub in another herb, like dill, or just leave them out — it will still taste delicious.

Here in the United States, the blending of many cultures has given us lots of different soups. Minestrone. Borscht. Ribolita. Squash and apple bisque. Beef-barley. Chicken-rice. Vegetable-beef. Crab. Clam chowder. Mulligatawny. Won-Ton. Cream of broccoli. Chicken noodle. Corn chowder. Broccoli with Cheese. French Onion. Tomato basil. Potato soup. Spicy chicken tortilla. Navy bean with ham. Chili. Juk. Harira. Locro. Vichyssoise. Cabbage soup. Lobster bisque. Chairo and peanut soup. Lentil soup. Creamy onion and garlic. Sausage tortellini. Mushroom cream. Tom Kai Gai. Split pea (with or without ham). Gnocchi sausage soup. Pasta Fagioli. And so many more.

What’s your favorite soup?

Cabbage Borscht

This vegetarian borscht is loosely based on a recipe from chef and restauranteur Mollie Katzen’s Moosewood Cookbook. I made it for our meatless Polish Vigilia (Christmas Eve).

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon olive oil or butter (or 1 strip of bacon if not making it vegetarian)

2 large onions (about 2 cups, diced)

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon or more freshly ground black pepper

1 stalk celery

1 carrot

1 apple, optional

2 large beets (about 3 or 4 cups, diced)

2 medium potatoes

1 small head cabbage (about 4 cups, chopped coarsely or shredded)

4 cups vegetable broth plus 2 cups water or apple cider

1 can Great Northern beans (about 2 cups)

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

Optional toppings:

Plain Greek yogurt or sour cream

Minced fresh dill or minced chives

Directions:

Heat oil or melt butter in a large soup kettle. Peel and …….

Source: https://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/opinion/columns/2022/01/start-the-year-off-with-soup/

Beet and cabbage borscht
(Provided photo — Yvona Fast)

Winter is time for bowls of hot, steamy, comforting soup. That is probably why January is National Soup Month.

On a cold winter day, a pot of simmering soup will warm your house. A pot of boiling soup puts steam into the dry winter indoor air, which is a good thing.

Soup is healthy. Because it has lots of liquid, it is hydrating. It includes fiber and vitamins from vegetables and protein from meat or beans. Potatoes, grains or pasta provide carbohydrates for energy.

This prehistoric one-pot dish goes back in time to the discovery of pot…….

Beet and cabbage borscht
(Provided photo — Yvona Fast)

Winter is time for bowls of hot, steamy, comforting soup. That is probably why January is National Soup Month.

On a cold winter day, a pot of simmering soup will warm your house. A pot of boiling soup puts steam into the dry winter indoor air, which is a good thing.

Soup is healthy. Because it has lots of liquid, it is hydrating. It includes fiber and vitamins from vegetables and protein from meat or beans. Potatoes, grains or pasta provide carbohydrates for energy.

This prehistoric one-pot dish goes back in time to the discovery of pot…….

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