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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Soup Goes Postal

One of the classic comfort food cravings is soup...hearty, healthy, and for today homemade! No soup from a box, pouch or can on this day! No, sir! This is the day you get to prepare savory soup just the way you like it, made from scratch nourishment to warm you up from the inside out. The soup can be simply basic, slow-cooked in a crockpot, or chocked full of fiber-packed vegetables, lean meats and flavorful spices. Any way you make it the ingredients come together in an aromatic, satisfying meal that feeds the soul.
February 4th is . . .
Homemade Soup Day
When better to enjoy a delicious bowl of soup than Homemade Soup Day?

Granny's Homemade Soup (Recipe)

A bit of soup nostalgia...

The origins of Homemade Soup Day are lost in time but you don’t need to know how it started to celebrate the day. Certain soups are traditional to particular areas, such as Borsht in Eastern Europe or the well-known Italian soup, Minestrone. Unusually, the famous Spanish dish Gazpacho, is generally eaten cold, making it perfect for summer. Of course, there is nothing much better to warm the bones in winter than a piping hot bowl of vegetable soup or chili.

Basic Chicken and Turkey Soup (Recipe)
 Chicken w/ Homemade Noodles Soup (Recipe)

Nana's Vegetable Soup (Recipe)

Homemade Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup (Recipe)

It is really hard to beat an intensely flavorful, slow cooked tomato soup!

How can you make soup on Homemade Soup Day go postal? The answer is quite simple since February 4 is also...

Thank a Mailman Day
Prepare a pot full of soup and take it to your local post office for mailmen/women to share for lunch!
Thank A Mailman Day gives you an opportunity to say a polite 'thank you' 
to your postal courier, parcel service, and good old mailman or woman.
Remember the inscription: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds? I call that dedication! Of course, while technology contends with cyber ghosts, Mother Nature often denies our mail carriers unstoppable rounds! It’s hard work delivering the mail day in, day out, come rain or shine.
A bit of mail nostalgia . . . 
In 1775 the Second Continental Congress established the Constitutional Post which was the first organized mail service in America. Before this people relied on friends, merchants, or private messengers to carry their letters. To celebrate Thank a Mailman (or woman) Day, take a moment and thank your mail carrier for all they do for you bringing and sending all those important letters and packages.
Do we really want it to come to this?

  Give me the few pieces of junk mail in my mail box on a regular basis over the thousands of spam messages received daily via e-mail!

 Is your mouth watering yet?



  yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!