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Soup to Nuts

on November 22, 2013

Last week was book club again and this was an extra special night – it was soup night! Thanks to Beth for hosting the night and making three delicious soups: Chicken noodle, Cream of Potato, and Carrot Ginger. I must admit my favorite was the Carrot Ginger. (or was it Ginger Carrot?)


This is not Beth’s actual soup because I am so bad at remembering to take pictures, but looking at this picture makes me want to eat that soup again, especially on this rainy day!I would be soup-er excited if Beth shared this recipe here, but I understand if it is a “secret recipe”. (I don’t have any secret recipes, do you? I guess I’m so excited if someone likes something I make  enough to ask for the recipe that I give it to them! It is a rare occurrence.)

I’m not sure which “nuts” the title of this post refers to: was it the cocoa coated nuts we munched on or was it our nutty selves for not discussing the book too much? I admitted that I did not like the book (And I just realized that I still have I not mentioned the title!) The title of this book is “Does This Book Make Me Look Fat?” by Rhoda Janzen. When we read a book that some people like and some people don’t, I think it is an opportunity for an interesting discussion.


So here is my review: I read Janzen’s previous book “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress” and enjoyed it. For some reason I had a very hard time getting into this book. I enjoy reading non-fiction, especially memoirs, but reading this book made me realize that, fiction or nonfiction, I like a story when I’m reading. This book had very little story, although some pretty big things happened. Rhoda got breast cancer and got married. I found myself wanting to hear more about this, especially about how she met her husband, who seemed so different from her. There was a lot of philosophical writing about religion, which I found kind of boring. I guess I am not a deep thinker!

I would love to hear what the people who liked the book have to say!

The busy holiday season will be upon us soon – I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving (and Hanukkah if you celebrate)! My holiday season got off to a great start yesterday! Stay tuned – more details to follow!


2 responses to “Soup to Nuts

  1. Beth Moran says:

    Here is the recipe for Carrot Soup, thanks to Carol Weiss, Weight Watcher leader:

    Carrot Curry Soup

    2 lbs carrots
    2 medium onions
    2 teaspoons oil
    2 potatoes (sweet potatoes OK too)
    2 cans low salt chicken broth
    2 teaspoons curry powder

    Saute onions in oil till soft. Add broth, cubed potatoes, and carrots (baby carrot size) Simmer 10-15 minutes until carrots are fork tender but not mushy. Add curry-you can use less if you don’t want a spicy soup. If you have an immersion blender, blend ingredients together in pot. If not, transfer to regular blender and blend until smooth.

    This soup freezes well and since the recipes calls for two of everything it is easy to double or triple the recipe. Enjoy!

  2. Thanks Beth! The fact that is from Weight Watchers makes it the perfect January soup. I’ll be making it – the sweet potato idea sounds interesting too!

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