"Baby, It's Cold Outside" is a song with words and music by Frank Loesser. It is a romantic winter song that premiered as a duet in 1944 with his wife, Lynn Garland.
What made me think of this song is, here on Long Island this past week temperatures have been below freezing, in the single digits, and even into the minuses. It seems that all across the country, there is what the meteorologists call a “Polar Vortex.” Snow and ice has covered the country from, north, south, east, and the west. I know we are in the month of January, but these temperatures have not been that low since 20 years. How are you keeping warm and cozy? Are you near a fireplace, or under your blankets? I have been in the kitchen making the best recipe for keeping warm and comfy. That would be by cooking a warm bowl of delicious soup.
Did you know that January is “National Soup Month?” Soup can be dated back to about 6,000 B.C. Did you know that soup is the #1 choice for comfort foods? I can't think of anything better than a nice hot bowl of soup or stew to make a person feel comforted when their feeling down. There's just something about having a hot steaming bowl under your nose, with a nice wedge of homemade bread and all your worries go away for the moment.
"Soup is not just for eating." There are many things that a person will cling to for comfort. Many people will not want to eat at all when they are worried about something, but if you offer them a bowl of soup, 9 out of 10 times they will accept it and eat it. Soup even gives us a nice warm feeling inside when we watch someone eating it too. It's a good idea to always have some soup available for those unexpected rainy days, because the truth is; soup is healing, inside and out. Have you ever noticed when a loved one is sick, the first thing they ask for is soup? Soup feels real nice to a sore throat. Its smoothness and soft veggies slide down the throat without scratching and with very little effort. This is another reason why soup is a great meal to give a sick person. It can be eaten quickly with little effort at all, and they feel comforted.
Soups are quick, easy, and practically no fail. You don't have to be an expert cook to make a great bowl of soup and make those comforting memories for your family. Soup also freeze easily too. You can make up a big pot and freeze part of it for a rainy day. In doing research for this post, I found that “Soup Month” is gaining momentum in other countries as well. Why? Because everybody loves soups and every country is famous for their own soups.
Food in general has always had a way of sticking in our minds. How many times have you walked in a room and you smelt a familiar aroma that sent fond memories of your mom and grandmother’s cooking, rushing to your taste buds? We all have those memories and we would be lost without them. That’s why it’s so important for us to make fond memories of meals around a dinner table that our children can carry with them to their adult life.
|Christmas NY City Late 1970's|
From left: Aunt Sophie, my mom,
Paul my son, myself, & my brother Christopher
"Ricotta Balls Soup"
2 lbs Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
4 cloves of peeled whole garlic
Fresh cut parsley/a handful
1 cup of bread crumbs (unflavored)
3/4 cup fresh Pecorino Romano grated cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
3 to 4 quarts of water
Put water in a wide but not deep pot. (Dutch Oven) After water is boiled put in 4 cloves of peeled garlic. Add about 1/4 cup of oil to water. Then add fresh parsley and about 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Lower water to a simmer; meanwhile prepare the Ricotta Balls mixture.
Mix together in a large bowl, ricotta, eggs, grated cheese, salt, pepper, and the bread crumbs. After combined, roll the mixture into small balls, (like meatball shape) make sure they are small, they will expand when cooked. (Like golf ball size) Once they are shaped into balls, place carefully in simmering water to cook. Cook them for about 20-30 minutes. Turn them very carefully in the pot as they will break apart. They tend to puff so do not overcrowd them. The water which becomes the soup, turns a little creamy from the cheese of the ricotta balls, and has the flavor as well. This recipe makes about 30-35 balls depending on how big you make them.
Till Next Time…………
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