Monday, December 27, 2010


Hallelujah for FOOD that nourishes the SOUL! One kind of food that provides the most profound yet ORDINARY JOY is SOUP. In fall 2010, my Chiboogamoo cooked exquisite soups to feed me in the evenings on my return home from school, and the most delightful one was KABOCHA SQUASH and CRANBERRY BEAN STEW!

A yummy warm evening meal with one’s family seems so ORDINARY, doesn’t it? However, my brilliant husband and I had recently obtained a new cookbook, “LOVE SOUP,” by Anna Thomas renown for her first recipe book, “THE VEGETARIAN EPICURE.” Each SOUP my Chiboogamoo produced from this book was tonguefully tastey and JOYFULLY new to us. Try, for instance, ROASTED POBLANO CHILE SOUP, which is a pureed blend of onions and vegetable broth topped with goat cheese and pine nuts. Or another heart stopper was “GREEN SOUP,” which absorbed bunches of kale, spinach, green onions, and cilantro!

But the hearty SOUL TOUCHING soup we will be revisiting this week when we have friends over will be KABOCHA SQUASH and CRANBERRY BEAN STEW! Since Chiboogamoo and I are occasional carnivores but primarily vegetarians, we eat a lot of beans! Finding a bean soup recipe which employs a pound of green fibrous KALE knocked our socks off! This recipe produces such a large batch of soup it seems bottomless serving infinite number of friends with its rich supply of nutrients!

Hallelujah for SHARED meals of SOUP creating vast ORDINARY MOMENTS! Thanks to two days of REVERB10 prompts that had me put “two and two” together. Anna Thomas writes in her introductory notes to “LOVE SOUP”:

There is an old Spanish saying, much repeated: “Of love and soup, the second is better.” But I say, why choose? Be in love. Eat soup. Love soup!

SOUP BLOG with Hallelujah and tell me what SOUP feeds your SOUL! Or respond to the REVERB10 prompts for the two days following Christmas.

December 26—REVERB10 PROMPT: Soul food. What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul?

December 27—REVERB10 PROMPT: Ordinary joy. Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?


  1. I was one of the happy attendees at the Schowalter-Martin dinner table and swooned over one of Tony's soups-extraordinaire. I was inspired to make a thick leek, watercress and broccoli soup for my family for the day after Christmas.

  2. Cecelia, we will have to get this recipe with leeks, broccoli, and watercress! Looking forward to sharing yummy soups with you in 2011!