Category Archives: Holidays

Christmas Eve = Soup

Four years ago we went to the 1 dish dinner on Christmas Eve and these are a few reasons for Christmas Eve to stay a soup dinner in the decades to come.

1. The dishes are easy to clean up (as long as you have the dishwasher empty)

2. If you make two pots everyone is bound to be happy with one of them

3. Nothing is a better accompaniment to sourdough bread grilled cheese or all-day rain

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4. All food groups can be compiled into one (these photos make the soup look a little gross but they were really delicious)

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5. If doubled and everyone has eaten Christmas candy throughout the day, soup will be plentiful for days.   This would be the current situation in the Sloop/Johnson household.

And since Andrew and I never take pictures together that don’t include one of our arms holding the camera we got Kathryn to snap a pic.

Christmas Eve 2012

One additional documentation point because Kathryn did such beautiful centerpieces this year (lemons at Christmas are my new favorite)–here’s a snap of her artwork for our family’s posterity.

Lemon Centerpiece

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve 2012 Cheese Soup

1/2 c. grated carrots (I got lazy and ended up chopping these into tiny pieces)

1/2 c. chopped celery

1 onion chopped

1/4 c. butter

6 Tbsp. flour

2 c. milk

2 c. chicken broth

3/4-1 lb of Velveeta cheese diced or Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Saute onions, carrots, and celery in butter.  Stir in flour, milk, and chicken broth.  Cook over low heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Add cheese.  Stir to blend.  If it seems to thick, add a little more chicken broth or water. Simmer on low for 30 minutes to 1 hour being careful not to let the bottom burn.

Suggestions from the Sister: (1) The Cheese Soup would be fantastic in a bread bowl.  (2) A hypothesis of combining the two for a positive outcome was tested by Kathryn and determined that it could be something served at  Dos Taquitos–one of the highest compliments one can get on Christmas Eve.

The Bibliography: My Aunt Dot

AND

Smoky Chicken Chili from Southern Living

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Merry Christmas 2011

And these are a few of my favorite things…

The tree.  The smell of it, the soft lights, the reflection in the window.

The decorations.  This year they can all be attributed to Kathryn S. (my sister).  The decorations are beautiful, fresh, and most pieces are reusable–And she didn’t even mean to save the planet.

The food.  I am one fat and happy pig person. Of everything, this is my favorite food of Christmas.  Something Momma (or Kathryn or I as we got older) has made since before I can remember.  It’s craved by our family, members of our community, and pretty much anyone who has ever tried this once a year specialty.

The church I grew up in.  Old, full of character (both architecturally and people wise).  Quiet and still on Christmas Eve. Reminder of the day and the reason we celebrate.

My family.

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