Did you know January is National Soup Month? It's also Happy Organizing Month and Brainteaser Month. I learned this from the Library Sparks' activity calendar. It's a great resource for keeping track of holidays, celebrations, and literary goings on for kids, parents, and teachers. Download a copy for free here.
Soup Day was inspired by my son, Jamie. I created Snowy Day Soup (the recipe of which is at the end of the story) to get him to eat his veggies when he was a toddler. He'd help me choose the vegetables at the market, and I’d let him cut the soft ones like the mushrooms, with a plastic knife (with my help).
Here is an old video of us making it together! I can't believe it's been 5 and a half years since this was filmed!
I found this video I didn't know existed on YouTube of Soup Day being read on Story Castle this past summer.
Another favorite soup of my son's is Zucchini Soup, and we have it regularly. It is so easy to make, even he can do it by himself! I illustrated a version of it which I submitted to They Draw and Cook. Here’s the art and the recipe:
1 lb. zucchini sliced
1 cup chicken broth or other broth
salt and pepper to taste
- Slice zucchini into rounds. Steam. You can either steam on the stove or in the microwave, covered with saran for 8 minutes.
- Careful transfer the cooked zucchini and juices into a blender. Add chicken broth and seasonings. Pulse several times on low, and then blend at high until completely smooth.
- Heat and serve.
Happy Slurping! :)