Regional soups often focus on the local fare, which means Caribbean cooks make soup with coconut milk and leafy greens, the French make onion soups, and soups in Florida have lots of seafood. Soups also can pack fiber, protein and plenty of vegetables, offering a number of health benefits.
Business owners should review 2007 and establish goals for the next year before plunging ahead into 2008, experts say. Strategic planning should look at staffing, relationships with customers and suppliers, structure, benefits and budgeting.
Parsnips were once as common as the potato but now draw curious stares at the grocery store checkout. The vegetable is similar to a carrot and holds flavor well, making parsnips ideal as a roasted veggie or in a soup.
Creating the perfect soup stock no longer involves tossing in every morsel saved from other food preparation. Instead chefs use top ingredients and focus on adding as little water as possible while they cut meat in different ways to expose maximum flavor.
A new year provides opportunities for innovative and healthy eating. Nutrition consultant Robin Plotkin offers recipes with beans, blueberries, eggs, salmon and sweet potatoes as a way to ring in a healthy 2008.