Monday, January 20, 2014

January is National Soup Month

When cold weather strikes there is nothing more comforting than warm bowl of soup. It is an economical and versatile meal that you cannot help but love. There are so many different varieties available to you, make this month to discover your new favorite soup and products associated with National Soup Month.

Emeril and Snapware Team Up For National Soup Month-

As much of the country is shivering in a deep freeze, Snapware and Chef Emeril Lagasse have teamed up to help America warm up this National Soup Month with the Snapware Winter Warm-Up Sweepstakes.

From now through January 31st, visit to enter for a chance to win a trip for four to Orlando, complete with a dinner at Emeril’s Orlando, tickets to local attractions and more. In addition to the grand prize winner, four weekly winners will receive a suite of Snapware, perfect for storing soup and other cold weather staples all winter long. 

Marie Callender’s Soup-

There’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup to warm your soul – and your stomach. Marie Callender’s wholesome, satisfying soups come in delicious varieties, such as Classic Chicken & Rice. This soup is made with tender chunks of chicken, long-grain rice, russet potatoes, corn, carrots, and celery in a roasted-chicken base. Savor every delicious spoonful.

Seafood and Mushroom Chowder-

Recipe @ Gourmet Persuasian
Easy, Healthy, Tasty Homemade Gourmet Food With An Asian Flair.

Ham and Potato Chowder-

2 Tbs butter
1 medium onion, chopped
6 cups chicken stock/broth
4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
2 cups diced ham
1/2 tsp thyme
1-1/2 - 2 cups shredded cheddar
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 Tbs cornstarch blended in 1/4 cup water
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter. When melted, add onions and
sauté until tender but not brown. Add stock, potatoes, ham, and thyme. Bring
to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover pot, and allow to cook until the
potatoes are tenderapproximately 20-30 minutes. Still over low heat, add
the cheese and the cream, stirring frequently, and allow to cook until the
cheese melts. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and continue to cook just until
thickened. Taste and add salt and fresh-ground pepper. Serves 4-6.

There are plenty more recipes--both soup and otherwise--for budget-minded
in 375 DINNERS ON A BUDGET by Cynthia MacGregor from

Lobster Ravioli For You!-

The inspiration behind the famous "Seinfeld" soup episode.
Seinfeld SOUP NAZI best bits.   

The Original SoupMan” Lobster Bisque                               
Cheese Ravioli                  
Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Recipe procedure:

Heat SoupMan Lobster Bisque soup as indicated on box.
Prepare entire bag of ravioli as per directions on bag.
Divide ravioli into 4 portions.
Ladle 4 oz. of heated SoupMan Lobster Bisque on each portion.
Sprinkle ½ oz of shredded parmesan cheese on each portion.

Total Cost for 4 servings                approximately $6.50

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Review: Ecolution Cookware- Elements

Today we try to be eco friendly in everything we do. Recently I had a chance to try out the eco friendly cooking line Ecolution Cookware Elements line. Ecolution products.  What is best about the Ecolution products is that its non stick coating is PFOA free, and dishwasher so you do not have worry about chemicals entering your body from your cookware. Plus the handles stay cool when cooking which is amazing for those of us always searching for a dishtowel to life the pots. Do something good for your food and the earth with Ecolution cookware.

I had the opportunity to review the Ecolution Cookware- Elements line.
I loved that the cookwaree first of all had a teflon cooking- I do prefer pots and pans with it. Always makes for easy cooking and clean up.
I also liked that they were light weight. Last thing I want when I have to strain water from my pot, it to hang on to it for dear life because the pot or the lid are too heavy and awkward.
I loved this set and would highly recommend it.
Purchase your own affordable set on Amazon.