Fall is here and winter is creeping up on us. The colder the weather, the better I like it. I am assuming some of you would disagree?
Every winter, I think of soup. It takes me back to my childhood. Soup, soup and more soup, what can I say? I looked for a website specifically for soup, but could not find one. This is another good reason to go to your local library. First reason is obvious. Libraries rule. We (I mean libraries in general) specialize in information and have been doing so for over a thousand years.
While Japanese cuisine is probably best known for sashimi, sushi, and teppan-yaki steakhouses, one of my favorite Japanese dishes is also one of the simplest: misoshiru (miso soup.) At its simplest, miso soup consists of only four ingredients: water, kombu (kelp), kezurikatsuo (dried bonito flakes) which are combined to make a light broth known as dashi, and miso (a paste made from fermented soybeans).
I am NOT a winter person. I love the snow, but I just can’t handle the cold. I wear layers upon layers to stay warm all winter long. Nothing warms my bones more than a wonderful, tasty hot cup of soup. I have to say, creamy potato is my favorite. After a full day of work, I get my book, a hot cup of soup, and enjoy the tranquility.
Until Wednesday night, my attempts at vegetable soup were met with tepid responses from my family. While they were polite, no one did an Oliver Twist impression, standing at the stove empty bowl in hand begging for more.
So what happened? I sat in on our Simply Soup program Tuesday night here at the Kearney Branch.
The Blue Ridge Branch is sponsoring a SOUPER Soup drive beginning Thursday, December 13th and ending on January 31st. We want to encourage our visitors to pick up a few extra cans of soup at the grocery store and drop them off at the Library on behalf of the Community Assistance Council.