Once the holidays are past, the pressure is off for us cooks. We’ve put away the roasting pans and the baking dishes, the cookie tins and the bundt pans. When true winter sets in, I look forward to hunkering down with a good book, preferably in front of a fire. And when meal time comes around, I want something simple and good for dinner, something to eat that wraps me up in a warm and comforting blanket of love. I want a good bowl of soup.

There is nothing quite so delightful as soup. Not only is soup easy and delicious, but I get to clean out my refrigerator in the process. I really enjoy taking leftover bones and meat scraps, tired vegetables and wilted herbs and turning them into something both soothing and good for you. Soup really is powerful medicine. Many studies have shown soup to be an essential ingredient for warding off colds during the winter.

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