Well, I pondered this for about 10 seconds. The kids want Swiss Miss or Campbell's soup and grilled cheese when they come in from playing in the snow. Not much of a challenge there. I thought about Chili because I like chili and we have the Karl's Korner inspired Beef and Beans Trowdown coming up in a couple of weeks. Two birds with one stone (again), but that would be just what they would be expecting me to do. Everyone made a big deal during the "Leek Throwdown" that no one went with the obvious potato and leek soup and I almost did that. So I guess I have to go with one of my childhood favorites.
My mother use to make us Navy Bean Soup starting in October. It was sort of a traditional Trick-or-Treat halftime meal. Thinking about it now, my mom was pretty sadistic in that she would load us up with beans and send us out into the neighborhood. I don't remember having any accidents but I sure could have. Anyway, I don't have my mom's recipe. I'll have to check with my siblings in the future to see if anyone has it. In the mean time, I gleaned this from Allrecipes.com. It's called My Navy Bean Soup
Here are the Navy beans soaking after I first rinsed them. I actually soaked them for 2 days. I was going to make the soup on Saturday but the schedule went to hell, so I made it on Sunday. The beans seamed nice and firm.
Here's the finished soup. It's thinner than my mom's and not as hearty tasting, but not bad. The carrots were a little on the mushy side and for the life of me I can't remember if my mom's recipe had carrots. On Saturday (when the schedule got away from me), I was visiting one of my sisters and she said the recipe is around somewhere and would get back to me. If she ever comes up with it, I Will make that soup and let you all know how I fair.