I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Feeling "Souper"

My mother is still battling some very serious health problems. We’ve been at the hospital for the best part of the last three weeks. After several trial and error procedures they finally hit upon something that actually gave my mother some relief. My mother’s appetite has returned and her first moment of happiness came in the form of a steamy hot bowl of broccoli cheese soup. As her sense of well being improved she dabbled with great gusto into a hamburger on a grilled bun with a slice of tomato, a sprinkling of black pepper and an extra douse of ketchup (my mother loves ketchup). My mother as with most of us has always taken great pleasure and delight in all areas of food. Whether it is looking, buying, preparing, sharing or the best part of all….Eating! I too share her same passion for all that is edible but in this instance my greatest joy came from a little bowl of broccoli cheese soup and the joy on my mother’s face while eating it.

Broccoli Cheese Soup
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup diced celery (optional)
1 cup diced onion
20 oz. bag frozen broccoli
2 cans cream of chicken soup (cream of mushroom also works well)
1 pound cubed Velveeta cheese (or a mix of different cheeses)

Cook covered, the broth, celery, and onion for 20 minutes. Add broccoli and cook until tender. Add chicken soup and cheese. Cook until cheese is melted and soup is hot.


CB said...

I will pray that all is well with your mom. Isn't great the comfort that comes from food and the memories we make surrounding it.

Butta Buns said...

Hugs to you and your mother. Here's to a complete recovery and many more great bowls of soup!

Julie said...

Thank you Butta Buns

Julie said...

Thank you CB

Jeena said...

This is a wonderful recipe for broccoli Julie it sounds delicious. I have added your link to my blog I think yours is lovely I would love to swap links. :)

Tarrant said...

This is my family's traditional Christmas Eve soup...except we make it without the celery and with all chicken broth instead of the cream of chicken.

Julie said...

Thank you Jeena, I'd be happy to link you to my blog.

Julie said...

Thank you