Warm Comfort for Cold Weather

Creamy Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup.JPG

Tonight and the next couple days promise to give us a little advance taste of the coming cold of winter.  The weather man keeps telling us that a wide spread killing freeze is coming to our area tonight…..I believe him!

We are in that awkward phase in the Midwest between hot muggy summer days and cold freezing winter days. Some of our days are absolutely beautiful and warm; they are dry, sunny and golden . Tomorrow, according to the weather man, does not promise to be one of those days.

This afternoon we spent some time digging out the sweet potatoes as I have heard they cannot be left in the ground when there is a killing freeze. I have never grown sweet potatoes but thought I would give them a try this year. I only planted a couple of plants and was curious to know how they did.  There were not a lot of them but it will be fun to try to make sweet potato fries……when I find a recipe.

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There are also many hills of regular white potatoes that are needing to be dug out.  Fortunately those are not quite as fussy as sweet potatoes and can stay in the ground a little while longer. The pie pumpkins need to be picked and put somewhere to be stored until I have some time to cook them out, puree, and freeze to be used for pies, muffins, bars and breads later in the year. The harvest season is always busy with a variety of things to do.

I am grateful for the time between soybean harvest and combining field corn.  That is when my husband has time to do the digging up of produce. It always seems to be a race with the weather at that point. Usually the weather pattern is unsettled and it can range from beautiful to rainy and sometimes even flurries of snow.

With the cold weather coming I was in the mood to make soup. This morning I decided to make Cream of Cauliflower Soup. (I also add Broccoli if I have it.)  I got this recipe many years ago from a friend named Ethel.  We always joke that pretty much any recipe that has Ethel’s name on it is going to be good…..and they always are!  (She might be the local  version of Betty Crocker!)

Anyway, here is the recipe for the soup:

Creamy Cauliflower Soup
1 large potato (peeled and diced)
1/2 cup celery (chopped)
1/2 cup carrots
1 head cauliflower

Cut all vegetables and cook 15 minutes till slightly tender.
Put in crock pot.
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of celery soup
2 soup cans milk
1/2 pound cheese
Cook about 4-6 hours in crock pot.
NOTE: I do like to use a bag of California Mix frozen vegetable in place of the head of cauliflower.
you can also use broccoli instead of cauliflower.
For the cheese I use Velveeta as I like the smooth texture it gives.

This makes a large batch and is wonderfully smooth and creamy.  I have a feeling it is not a diet soup but I like to console myself that during the busy seasons a person needs a hearty soup.

May you also enjoy the warm comfort of a bowl of soup on a cool fall day.

I think that women just have a primeval instinct to make soup,
which they will try to foist on anybody who looks like a likely candidate.
Dylan Moran

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61 thoughts on “Warm Comfort for Cold Weather

  1. kindergartenknowledge says:

    Hello! I cannot believe that it is going to freeze there tonight! I would love to grow sweet potatoes when we move down to the farm. I know nothing at all about growing any type of potato! I have lots and lots of learning ahead of me! Well…my husband walked by my desk when I was first reading your post. He said: “What kind of soup is that? It looks great!”… I will be stopping at the grocery tomorrow to get the ingredients that I don’t already have. We like soup in the winter, but who knows when winter will arrive? We had tomato soup and crackers tonight plus deviled eggs. Your soup looks better!!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I love this soup and you can style it to your taste. Originally it calls for just cauliflower with the other ingredients but I love the broccoli in it also. I am dreaming of your deviled eggs! I have never made those. As I have a steady supply of eggs I should probably give them a try.

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  2. Jocelyn says:

    That sounds delicious! Will have to make it sometime soon! I can’t believe you’d never made deviled eggs… my boys used to only eat hard boiled eggs if I made them into deviled eggs… I got good at it!
    Sweet potato fries are simple – I just scrub, slice, put in a bowl with some oil to coat them, add some Lawry’s, and bake until done (I do 400 or 425 so they’re a little crispy – usually 30-40 minutes). I’m not a huge recipe person, though, so I just make them :).
    I love al the delicious recipes you share!!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I love where I am at in life. Though I think I have pretty much always liked the different places I was at.
      I have always gardened, canned, baked and cooked to save money on the food budget. When our three boys were at home we watched our sales religiously for grocery items and clothing items.It is a habit I still have. It enables my husband and me to be at home to do those things :).
      We maybe do not always have what we want (I would love a cell phone!) but we always have what we need. I tell people I have never been hungry and never had to go without clothes so I guess life is good!

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      • peggyjoan42 says:

        They make good fries. You can make a sweet potato pie just like a pumpkin pie. It tastes milder. Bake them and eat them like a regular baked potato. Slice them up and fry them, add some sugar and they become slightly candied. Bake them chopped in pieces in the oven with sugar and spices, top them with marshmallows. Eat them raw – I like them that way. You can blend them smooth and make a custard.You can make chips (like potato chips) with them, baked in the oven.

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  3. Ruthie's Crafting Corner says:

    Your soup looks delicious! I am one of those that can eat soup year around! 🙂 ( crazy, I know LOl) Look at those sweet potatoes! Oh my goodness! I will have to search for photo’s of your garden/ farm!! It is truly a labor of love. A Freeze already? Bundle up 🙂 xx

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      The soup is delicious :). Our youngest son (when he lived at home) would eat soup for breakfast or as a snack…..he loved it that much.
      It was cold here last night! We only got in the 50’s today for temps. I am NOT ready for the winter!

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  4. Linda K says:

    Soup looks delicious. Cooking some sweet potatoes now to make into baby food for Trey. I have a really good sweet potato casserole I can give you…when I remember. They taste good in veg and chicken soup too.

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  5. Anne Mehrling says:

    Your sweet potatoes look gorgeous. We love them, and they are good for lowering blood sugar. Of course, I don’t often make the casserole that calls for tons of marshmallows on top.

    Your soup must be spectacular. I grew up in the South in a non-soup eating family. Although John and I lived on Long Island for 50 years, I didn’t try making soup until about five years ago. I’d say half the time my soups are fairly good, and I don’t think that’s a good track record. It would probably be best to wait until we a yearning for a hot bowl of soup to consider doing it again. I’m going to keep your recipe in mind.

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  6. PaperPuff says:

    Yep, pretty sure that is not a low calorie soup, but it does sound yummy! Soup making is definitely a primeval urge, I agree. Along with a casserole. It’s funny that in the summer I hate the house smelling of cooked food, but as soon as autumn hits it is totally desirable?!

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  7. marijo1245 says:

    Even all the way down here in Mazurah it stayed in the mid 50’s all day. I’m not ready. I did however go on a soup making spree. I started with chicken soup but didn’t like the end result and turned it into a pot of baby lima beans. That was great but didn’t hit the spot. Consequently, I turned it into beef stew(ish). Completely satisfied, I finally had a nice meal! As well, deviled eggs are a staple in this house, I don’t go a day with out em!

    If dairy and I had not had a falling out several years back, I would be having delicious creamy cauliflower soup with some broccoli thrown in!!

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      • marijo1245 says:

        No dairy has taken a bit of getting used to…I still crave ice cream!

        I get creative with my deviled eggs, definitely not traditional…I love eggs and have no fears of experimentation! Lately, I’ve settled on the yolks mixed with crunched up chili fritos, green onions, stone ground mustard, and a bit of pickle juice for moisture…

        And yes, the weather is out of our hands. I’m not a fan of this!

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  8. Jessica says:

    We’ve had 3 freezes already… Cold today. 46 this morning when I took Little Bit to horse riding lessons. Brrr.

    Ethel sounds pretty amazing. I also love that you use frozen vegetables as well. My husband will really love this recipe. He is a huge Velveeta fan. I guess he could eat a few vegetables if Velveeta is involved.

    I guess I didn’t realize you were in the Midwest, too. 🙂

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  9. Beautiful, Camouflaged Mess says:

    I will need to come back to this and write it down!! That soup sounds scrumptious! The Army moved us even further south than we were, and I am missing the fall weather that my parents (up north) are telling me they are experiencing. Perhaps I will get a chance to try this with “cooler” weather – in December? 🙂


      • Beautiful, Camouflaged Mess says:

        Ft. Bragg would get a little cool – especially when we acclimatized to the weather. Our first year, though, we were the crazy couple running around with simple long sleeves! 😂 Being slightly further south now, I realized it is cool now that the humidity has broken – but, cool for me is apparently the mid-70’s, according to my car’s temperature gauge!

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