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Soup equals comfort food - to me, anyway. What is better than a bowl of homemade soup on a cool day, with a slice of warm homemade bread with butter?

While I tend to cook seasonally - chili and stew in the winter, mac and cheese and other dishes made with milk in the spring, and cooler, lighter dishes in the summer such as pasta salads - soup is good in any weather.

Chicken broth is the backbone of many soups. You can open a can or a carton from the store, or you can make your own. It's easy! When I make chicken for dinner, I save the bones in a bag in the freezer. When I have enough (or the freezer is full to bursting with bags of BONES and hubby threatens to throw them all out), I plop them in my biggest stock pot, add celery, onion peels, and carrots, cover with water and simmer for several hours. Then I strain the broth, discard the solids, and either can or freeze the broth for future use.

What a wonderful, self-sufficient feeling it is to open a jar of home-canned chicken broth for whatever dish it is I'm making for dinner.

You can find some of my favorite soups in the archives. Some are easy, some are more labor-intensive, but in my opinion, they're all good, down-home comfort food.

You can find more recipes here.

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