Winter is the time for those warm comforting soups and stews and our recent cold weather has me thinking hearty, simple and hot, one pot meals. Nothing says welcome home better than a soothing bowl of soup or a spicy cup of chili after a long day.
I look back now and laugh when I realize there was a time in my life when I did not like soup. My husband, who loves soup, could not understand how anyone could have such an aversion. For years he had to persuade me into tasting or preparing soups and stews. I finally came to understand that my dislike was due to my limited soup exposure growing up. Oyster stew eaten with ketchup, vegetable soup with stewed tomatoes, chili con carne or Campbell's tomato soup, always eaten with grilled cheese sandwiches, covered most of my soup experience.