Tuesdays are for Soup

Chicken and Bean Soup


2 tbs olive oil

1 large onion, diced

3 cups diced chicken breast

4 carrots, thin round slices

6 cups broth

1 can navy beans, rinsed

1 cup brown rice

1 tbs minced garlic

2 tbs ground sage


Sauté onion in olive oil for ten mins. or so, stirring regularly. (Best in a Dutch oven.)

Add chicken. If raw, brown all sides.

Add carrots. Stir several times.

Add broth and bring to boil.

Lower to simmer. Then add beans. Stir.

After five mins., add rice. bring to a boil.

Lower. Add garlic and sage. Stir.

Cover pot and place in the oven at 290 degrees.




Tuesdays are for Soup

Today’s soup was made with a feeling of informed spontaneity, by which I mean that I made today’s soup without setting out to follow a recipe.

Usually I have a soup in mind, and I shop to gather all the right ingredients. Today, however, I decided to use merely what was available in the house.

Now, last night, my wife made her wonderful meatloaf, which always provides two leftovers: meatloaf and fatty liquid that baking the meat provides. That liquid set in a jar overnight in the fridge separates to a savoury jelly below and a layer of hardened fat above. Well, I removed the fat and used the aspic and some of the meatloaf. I added the various broths from the fridge and some vegetables to hand. I created a meatloaf soup.


Meatloaf Soup


1 yellow onion, large and minced

2 tbsp olive oil

1 cup meatloaf savory jelly

2 cups beef broth

2 cups chicken broth

2 tbsp bacon fat

4-6 oz  leftover meatloaf (or any left over meat)

1 can red beans (or any other you have around the house)

1 can green beans

1 can diced tomatoes

5 medium potatoes, julienned

2 tbsps minced garlic

1 tsp ground rosemary


Sauté onion in olive oil (about ten minutes).

Add the broths, bring to boil. Lower to simmer.

Add bacon fat and meatloaf (broken into various sizes).

Add green beans, tomatoes, and potatoes. Bring to boil, then lower to simmer.

Add garlic and rosemary.

Simmer for several hrs.


Tuesdays are for Soup . . . unless it’s Marth 17th


There will be no soup in my house this day.

Here’s a daughter’s soda bread:

And we’ll have some libations:

And some Irish-American victuals:


And an Irish joke:

What’s the difference between God and Bono?
God doesn’t wander around Dublin thinking he’s Bono.

And another:

Two Irishmen are sitting in a pub near the front window, which looks to a view of the most famous bordello in all of Dublin. Whilst sitting there, they see a well-known Protestant minister descending the front steps of the bordello.

“Well,” says Pat, swilling his Guinness, “what a crime. A man of the cloth, even a Protestant, should never be seen going in or out of a, you know, a house of ill repute.”

“Sure you’re apt,” says Mike.

A few minutes later, they see Rabbi Goldstein furtively making his way up the steps of the bordell.

“Oy, vey,” says Mike. “There’s another one. A Protestent and now a Jewish man of the cloth at a, you know, a house of ill repute.

The buys drink their Guinness and order another.

Then they see their own pastor, Fr. O’Phelin, making his way up the same steps.

Mike is so shocked he nearly spits outs porter, but Pat saves him by saying just in time,

“Oh, one of the whores must be dying.”

And an Irish Song

Listen to this with a glass in your hand.

And an Irish blessing:

May the saint protect ye-
An’ sorrow neglect ye,
An’ bad luck to the one
That doesn’t respect ye
t’ all that belong to ye,
An long life t’ yer honor-
That’s the end of my song t’ ye!