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Wood pile, Lancaster, PA We built a fire and simmered soup yesterday. Two of my favorite things about fall. Not very original, I know, but there is something comforting about the ritual and excitement that surrounds autumn and harvest time. I grew up in Lancaster, PA where you could throw a stick and hit a farm. This meant lots of festivals and hayrides, lots of pies and apple butter, and of course pumpkins. Real pumpkins, on the vine, not ones that are trucked in from some other part of the country and plopped in a grassy field. New Jersey farms, are you listening? After a failed attempt to pick apples this weekend (my friend Jenna recounts the tale of woe here), I decided to engage in some other fall activities, like making soup. I decided on my mom's beef vegetable, figuring the vegetables would cancel out a weekend of pie and cake. I know, I know. It's really easy, and I like the way it makes the house smell. I am not a fan of frozen vegetables, but in the case of this soup, they are perfect. Here's the recipe: 1.5 - 2 lbs of beef short ribs 3 12oz bags of frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, corn, green beans) 1 head of cabbage 2 cans of diced tomatoes 8 cloves of garlic salt and pepper Place short ribs in a large soup pot and cover with about two inches of water. Simmer for about 45 minutes. Add vegetables, tomatoes, chopped cabbage and garlic. Salt and pepper to taste and simmer for at least two hours. This recipe can be tweaked to incorporate herbs or other vegetables, but I usually make it just like this. You can also add more water or a bit of beef stock if you need to. Now, a question for you: What's your favorite fall soup recipe? I'd love to try a new one.


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Mary Grace

Yesterday, I celebrated the official feeling of fall by cooking Anthony Bourdain's mushroom soup. TRUE comfort food!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Fog and Thistle

I've had your soup before. I remember you dropping it off a couple of years ago. I think I'll make it over the weekend.

I made potato-leek soup last week. It was really good.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Rachel

Ooo! My fall standard is white chili. I took 2nd place at my work chili-cook-off this year!

3 cans of Great Northern White Beans with juice.
1 can black beans with juice.
1 can chili/kidney beans with juice.
1/2 bag or 1 can or sweet corn.
2 2oz. cans of diced green chilies.
1 medium onion, chopped.
4-5 cloves of garlic, diced.
12 oz. of cheese, cubed or shredded.(I like the monteray-jack/cheddar blend. But 12 oz of any medium/hard cheese will do.)
Cumin, salt, pepper, chili powder, and cayanne pepper to taste.

In large pot, saute the chopped onion and garlic in oil or butter until soft. Add all other ingredients except cheese and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted and smooth. Mmmm!

This is the vegetarian version, but diced cooked chicken can also be added.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Michelle

fall makes me want all things pumpkin or squash related. I made this butternut & acorn squash soup last thanksgiving, it was really good and really easy http://www.mytartelette.com/2009/10/recipe-butternut-and-acorn-squash-soup.html

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Phoenix

Soup, fire in the fireplace and one last thing I require for it to be fall – hot chocolate. :) I'm also obsessed with soup in bread bowls, mostly because I'm obsessed with bread!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Rachel –

Wow. Thank you for taking the time to type that out. It sounds amazing!

Mary Grace and Rebecca – adding those to my list as well.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by rebecca

I make this:

Super easy. I sub vegan broth cubes and soy creamer. Whatever broth you use, try using three cups rather than four.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Will @ Bright.Bazaar

Mmmm. I love building fires! Esp. log fires.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Donna (aka Donnoula)

You've reminded me to take time to make soup this weekend!

Here's my fave: Dr. Weil's winter squash and apple soup. My hubby makes it. I can share the recipe but not my hubby.


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou

Ohhhhh, man, now I have to make that soup! Sounds wonderful! My mom used to make vegetable soup like that when I was a kid and I know how the house smells. Okay, I'm printing off the recipe … xo

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