Post-Easter Soup

Post Easter Soup

Post Easter Soup

I had another ham bone to use, courtesy of the crockpot spiral ham I made before Easter. When I’d made my last pot of bean soup I brought some to my Dad. He mentioned using cloves for seasoning. I was intrigued. He said to add the whole cloves from the start so they soften and are edible later in the soup. I liked the idea of clove seasoning in the soup and couldn’t wait to have a ham bone to make more bean soup! Continue reading

Crockpot Vegetable Broth

Crockpot Vegetable Broth

Crockpot Vegetable Broth

My friend Craig, who gave me a recipe for baked pork chops and sauerkraut, had what I thought was another really great idea.  He made his own vegetable broth to use in dishes.  It never occurred to me to save all of my vegetable trimmings until I had a good amount, throw them in a crock pot to simmer and make vegetable broth! Continue reading

Simple Beef Stock

Beef Stock

Beef Stock

When I wanted to make borscht recently I had to choose whether to use beef in the soup or not.  I’ve made it either way, and both have excellent flavors.  I did make borscht without beef or beef broth when daughter Emily was going through her vegetarian phase.  This time I wanted to use beef stock. Continue reading