Master these 3 things, and you can make any soup!


Start with homemade broth made from the scraps of the vegetables that you will put into the soup.  Find the directions here The best vegetable broth made from kitchen scraps

Just the smell of this cooking will lift your spirits and make your heart sing!


Next, you will start your Mirepoix.


Cut up 5-6 organic gold potatoes

2 small carrots

4 stalks of celery

1/2 red onion

Sautee the above vegetables(except for the potatoes) in 2 tblsp. olive oil until translucent


Now add your potatoes, mirepoix ( sautéed vegetables) into a pot or crock pot that has 8 cups of the vegetable broth simmering. Cover and let simmer.


I always add at least 2 bay leaves to my soups.  It gives them that special aromatic flavor. ( my mom’s secret ingredient)

Now, you can stop here, and add other vegetables, meat, and you will have a fine vegetable soup.


Here’s where it gets even better!  Let’s make Potato Soup with a cream base that you can turn into a chowder with corn and clams, or just enjoy the beautiful potato flavors.

My French grandmother taught me how to make this, but here I have simplified it, so that you can add it to any soup without the lumps.

Let’s make a Roux!

Just stir together 1-2 tablespoons of white organic flour with 1 heaping tablespoon of Real butter that’s been softened to room temperature. (Please don’t use margarine!) This will make a paste that you can then add to your soup.  It will thicken as it cooks, so be patient. Because you made it into a paste, it will not lump or clump, and will be just the thickener that you need for this creamy soup.


I added frozen green beans, cut up and more butter.


Then I added 2 cups of milk to the soup.


Just to recap the 3 techniques:

  1. Vegetable broth made from scraps
  2. Mirepoix ( celery, carrots, onion) sautéed in butter or olive oil until translucent
  3. Roux (Real butter and flour made into a paste)  then add milk to make a cream base. My grandmother also used Bacon grease in place of the butter. Yum!

I hope you try these techniques.  They are very simple, yet basic steps to master the art of home cooking.

Cottage Necessities




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How many of us long for our own comfy cottage in the woods? I know I do! We can make our own comfy cottage, right here, right now, no matter where we live. I'm a mother of two, grandmother of two boys, interior designer who thinks out-of-the-box, up cycler, and interested in just about anything related to living comfortably and finding contentment, connecting with the Great Spirit in the natural world and respect for all beings who walk the earth.

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