White House Recipes

January 2019

Homemade Vegetable Soup & Fresh, Baked Apples

Winter weather calls for comfort food. Nothing says comfort food more than warm soups and stews on the stove to satisfy that cold weather craving. Often it is difficult to think of recipes that are quick, easy, and nutritious and also taste great.  It’s also challenging to incorporate fresh vegetables into a winter diet!  One of my favorite dishes is homemade vegetable soup.  The wonderful thing about vegetable soup is its versatility! Try this White House favorite with some of our market vegetables:

      Begin with turnips, parsnips, green beans, cabbage, celery & carrots. Fingerling potatoes, peppers, corn, cauliflower, or any other veggies that hold up, are all good additions. 

    Then add diced tomatoes, pureed tomatoes, tomatoe juice, beef stock or broth, beef bouillon cube, dry vegetable soup mix or French onion soup mix, and hot sauce or salt and peppers to taste. 

    Cover with water and bring to a boil.  Simmer until veggies are soft.  You can’t mess it up! I absolutely love this recipe!  I can clean my refrigerator of any vegetables, add different texture vegetables, and eliminate the salt if I so choose.


     Our Own Apples - try making a side dish of baked sliced apples.  Simply slice up 6 apples, add some butter and sugar and bake in a glass dish until soft.  Perfectly delicious on its own or with raisins, nuts, or craisins.  It’s apple pie without the crust. YUMMY!

- Debbie Pifer