What’s your cooking style? Do you follow a recipe precisely . . . after going to the grocery store to buy all of the ingredients especially for that one recipe? Or are you more of a “free spirit” in the kitchen? Te theme for this week’s Home Matters Linky Party #216 is soups and slow cooking and it got me thinking about how this plays out in our family. I’ll be honest – my husband is the one who actually enjoys cooking and I cook (occasionally) to keep the kids quiet. So we definitely have different ideas about the best way to whip up something yummy in the kitchen. #Soup #SlowCooking #HomeMattersParty
In fact, just last weekend we decided to stay home and put a jigsaw puzzle together. We found a really fun puzzle back in October when we were on our little family getaway so we thought this was a good time to pull it out and get started. It is all about the 80s so of course Daddy and I know most of the people and events featured on this puzzle, but it was amazing how much the girls recognized, too.
It sounded like the perfect day for a big pot of . . . . what? So we talked about what sounded good and kicked around a bunch of ideas. And the conversation went something like this . . . .
Mom: Well, we have some chicken and some hamburger in the freezer.
Girls: Yeah, let’s have meatloaf!
Mom: That’s not quite what we were talking about . . . you know, soup or chili or something like that.
Girls: Oh, OK, how about cheesy broccoli soup? We had that last week and we LOVE it!
Mom: Ummmmm . . . we do like the cheesy broccoli soup, but . . . we have chicken or hamburger in the freezer.
Dad: Hey, how about we cook up a big pot of roast beef and veggies?
Girls: YAY! That sounds great!
Mom: Ummmmm . . . . we have chicken or hamburger in the freezer. Anyone up for chicken vegetable and noodle soup?
Dad: That would be OK, too. We can add some sour cream, and potatoes, and tomatoes, and . . . . . I’ll run to the store.
Mom: Well . . . the idea I think was to pull together what we already have here at home so we don’t have to go out in the snow. Besides, it really is possible to make a big pot of soup using what we have on hand. We don’t have to spend $50 to buy all the ingredients to make soup. Will that work for you all?
Family: Sure! Let’s get that puzzle started!
And so, there’s the scenario that plays out around here on occasion. I’m more of the “find what you already have and toss it in a soup pot” kind of mama, and our Daddy is more of a cooking elitist. Believe me, when he cooks, it is always amazing! But sometimes it’s OK to have a bowl of soup that didn’t cost more than if we went out to a fancy restaurant. Call me frugal or cheap, either way, that’s just the way I cook.
So, as I was looking for recipes for this week’s themed roundup, I was hoping to find some ideas that fit my style in the kitchen. Most of these recipes are versions of old-fashioned, tried and true, homestyle soups that can be tweaked this way or that, using what I already have in the cupboard. Here’s to a great week of slow cooker meals, soups and stews, pasta or potatoes, cooked up any way that makes you happy! I hope you are having a great week and staying warm. We are expecting a BIG snow storm here in the midwest this weekend so I’m thinking I just might run to the grocery story before it starts snowing to pick up a few things to have on hand so we’ll be ready to cook up something warm and yummy while the wind is whistling around the corners of the house. Hope you can join the party!
Soups, Slow Cooking Satisfying Meals + HM #216
All of the images in this post are linked to the original recipes that I found on the website at Taste of Home.
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