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This Week's Foodie Freebie: Cuisinart Stick Hand Blender


Welcome back and Happy Monday! Hope your weekend has been a fun and relaxing one. For me, it was a light weekend of culinary adventures including:

Cookbook & Housewares Swap - friends came over and brought gently used cookbooks and kitchen/housewares to swap with others. It was a great way to share what we no longer wanted or needed and find something different to take home!

In the Kitchen: Homemade Pasta - friends came over and we had a field day in the kitchen making homemade pastas! Check out what we made and be sure to come back all week for the recipes!

This is actually a short week for me since I will be going out of town on Friday. Where am I headed? Boston! Friends from What's Cookin, Chicago are joining me for a little foodie getaway where we'll be doing some culinary tours of Boston to find some foodie hotspots! But just because I won't be here on Friday doesn't mean Foodie Freebie Friday won't continue...

It's soup season with the colder temperatures and sometimes all I'm in the mood for is a smooth, creamy soup. Sure, broth soups are great but the world of soup spans more than chicken noodle. A great way to achieve a smooth soup is with a stick or hand blender. This powerful tool allows you to make creamy soups right in the pot! Aside from soups, you can use a hand blender to make shakes, smoothies, whipped cream, the list goes on. So a lucky winner this week will be receiving this Cuisinart Stick Hand Blender:
The versatile stick design of the Cuisinart® Smart Stick® Hand Blender lets users blend ingredients right in pots, pitchers, bowls, or the clear plastic beaker that’s included. A powerful 200-watt motor operates with an easy one-touch control. Blends drinks, purées soup, mixes pancake and crêpe batters in seconds! Both stainless steel blending shaft and beaker are dishwasher-safe.
  • Immersion hand blender equipped with powerful 200-watt motor
  • Blade provides smooth blending; protective guard helps prevent splattering
  • Simple push-button controls and lightweight design for one-handed operation
  • Dishwasher-safe stainless-steel blending shaft; 2-cup plastic beaker included
  • Measures approximately 3 by 3 by 14-1/8 inches; 3-year limited warranty

Some guidelines:
- Giveaway is only for those who live in the United States - my apologies to my international readers!
- You must check back on my blog on Friday to see if you've won so you can claim your prize!

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment answering:

- What is your favorite kind of soup?


Deadline:
Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 12 midnight CST.

ONE WINNER will be randomly chosen by Random. Org's Interger Generator based on the number of your comment and will be announced on Friday, October 16, 2009. Good luck!

166 comments

  1. There are so many that I love, but for a favorite, I have to go back to basics and pick a good chicken noodle with celery and carrots, and the thick Amish/home style egg noodles.

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  2. I LOVE Broccoli Cheese soup!!!

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  3. Broccoli cheddar from panera...in their bread bowl, of course!

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  4. Tough call, but my fave is thick tomato basil soup served up with some yummy bread!

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  5. Broccoli cheese...closely followed by potato!

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  6. Yummy! I love ALL soups! I think my favorite would be chicken wild rice in a bread bowl! :) yum!

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  7. A local traditional soup called Knoephla. Dumplings and potato goodness :)

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  8. Tomato basil soup is something I could eat every day. I love it with a grilled cheese, too. :)

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  9. A creamy sweet potato soup. Perfect for today, where the trees have both leaves (it is just barely October after all!) and wet, gloppy snow.

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  10. My grandmother's chicken and rice soup!

    seavila26 at yahoo dot com

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  11. Baked Potato Soup! Mmm, it's such a great comfort food!

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  12. It's a toss up, between beef barley and french onion. Can't beat the yummy barley... and, properly carmelized onions are to die for!

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  13. Does pho count? If not, I would have to say Chinese seafood soup (I don't know how it translates into English).

    evitawylie at hotmail dot com

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  14. I agree with Joanna - a nice, thick potato soup with some yummy crusty bread. No better comfort food on a chilly Midwestern day!

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  15. My favorite soup is potato soup. Preferably with a grilled cheese sandwich to dip in it. YUM!

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  16. There are so many that i love: carrot soup being one of them.

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  17. Chicken tortilla soup with a dollop of guac, sour cream, some shredded cheese & tortilla strips. Yum!!

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  18. There are quite a few soups I really enjoy, I don't think I have a favorite. Maybe french onion, or tomato-basil....

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  19. I have no idea what it's called, but it's a soup my mama made when we were growing up ... chicken, bean thread noodles, ginger and veggies ... *drool* ... I now make it for my family and it always makes me smile with memories :)

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  20. I hearty vegetable soup that is almost like a stew. Served with fresh bread and cheese, what could be better!

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  21. I love French Onion or Potato!!!

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  22. butternut squash or pumpkin soup! Yummy!!

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  23. I have to go with butternut squash. It's the best part of fall!

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  24. My coworker makes this AMAZING pumpkin soup that is to die for! I love how smooth the texture is.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  25. I must say potato and corn chowder. Yum!

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  26. I am a soup kind of girl.
    French onion, potato, and my all time favourite Carrot/Cilantro (on my blog) gets rave reviews.

    Definitely could use an immersion blender for it though!

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  27. I love Pasta Fagioli. Favorite soup ever! Would love this immersion blender, it is on my Christmas list right now!

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  28. Oh I love ALL soup. That's about the only thing I've been eating lately! Although the top favorites in my rotation have been broccoli cheese, minestrone, and french onion... mmmmm!

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  29. baked potato soup. such comfort food!

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  30. Broccoli Cheese and Corn Chowder!

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  31. Spicy Black Bean soup and then transforming into chicken tortilla soup by adding tomatoes and shredded chicken :)

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  32. I love soup!

    Baked potato, tomato basil, french onion... I love all kinds.

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  33. I love zuchinni soup! I had never tried it before this year - but, it is definitely one of my new favorites :-)

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  34. I love some clam chowder...mmm sounds good on a day like today!

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  35. Tough question, because I LOVE soup! But I'd have to say my mom's French Onion Soup. :)

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  36. Corn Chowder with roasted chiles, or New England Clam Chowder. Yum!

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  37. I think I'd have to say some kind of lentil soup...but I like all kinds.

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  38. My favorite soup is broccoli cheddar.

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  39. I love clam chowder and most cream based soups. Yummy!

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  40. Great giveaway! That would be so much easier than trying to puree in my food processor! My favorite soup is a cream of pumpkin that I make with leaks, pumpkin, and sage :)

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  41. Definitely Italian wedding soup!
    -Lisa
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  42. I love most any type of soup these cool autumn nights...but I have to say that homemade French onion soup is my all time favorite.

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  43. Vegetable Soup! So good and so healthy!

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  44. I've never been able to turn down pumpkin soup!

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  45. Tomato basil with a classic grilled cheese to dip in it. So delicious!

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  46. Butternut squash and leek soup, made by me. I just love it!

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  47. I LOVE potato soup! I crave it when the weather gets cold!

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  48. Mmm... I always love a good, chunky, tomato basil soup. Makes me hungry just thinking about it!

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  49. I love potato-leek soup!

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  50. I love New England Clam Chowder.

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  51. I'm all about the Bean Soup!

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  52. Ooo, I could really use one of these! My favorite kind of soup is corn chowder.

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  53. Hands down, french onion soup. I always order that when I'm out..really have to learn to make it at home.

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  54. This time of year, all I want is butternut squash soup!

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  55. I'm a big fan of soup in general. My mood usually dictates what kind of soup is my favorite at any given time. :-) Tomato sounds really good at the moment though!

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  56. I pretty much like all soup! Lately, tomato basil with grilled cheese sandwich!

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  57. I'm a big fan of chicken soup, so much versatility and simplicity.

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  58. My all time favorite is chicken noodle - hearty, comforting & simple - all at the same time.

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  59. Yum soup! My favorite is broccoli cheese soup or this onion soup that my mother used to make growing up. It was really simple, but sooo good!

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  60. I love soup! And brothy soups are my favorite. I think I'd have to pick miso soup as my fave. =)

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  61. Homemade chicken dumpling soup! Mmmm... so hearty, so warm, so delicious!

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  62. Acorn Squash soup is my absolute favorite!

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  63. Sounds like you had a great weekend, I love the idea of a cookbook exchange!

    Broccoli cheddar!

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  64. I love so many kinds of soup, but if I have to pick, my favorite is broccoli cheddar. Yum!

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  65. Definitely broccoli cheddar soup! Yummmm!

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  66. Most variants on tomato... with basil, with rice, with roasted red pepper, and I'm always open to new additions!

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  67. Beer cheese soup with popcorn sprinkled on top. Sounds weird, but tastes delicious.

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  68. Its a tie for me between French Onion and Tomato Soup

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  69. Creamy mushroom... hmmms comfort food

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  70. The best soup I ever had was BLT soup. Close seconds are wild rice soup and meatball barley soup.

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  71. Broccoli cheese! Yum...getting hungry just thinking about it!

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  72. Broccoli cheese soup.

    Thanks for another great giveaway!

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  73. I'm a big fan of chicken and rice soup, and the boyfriend likes loaded potato soup. Tomorrow's dinner is beef stew!

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  74. Butternut squash soup or baked french onion are my favorites!!

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  75. It's hard to pick just one. I love italian wedding soup, broccoli cheddar, and butternut squash soups.

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  76. I love all kinds of soups! I especially love a good corn chowder with bacon.

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  77. I love broccoli & cheese soup! YUM!

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  78. On a cold day like today, I am craving soup. I love cream of crab soup!

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  79. I love broccoli cheddar and chicken tortilla!

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  80. I am a simple girl...love Tomato Soup with bunches of saltines

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  81. Fresh tomato basil is my all time favorite!

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  82. Homemade Chicken Noodle or Split Pea soup

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  83. I love Ina Gartens Cheddar Corn Chowder.

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  84. I'm a soup lover in general and cannot pass up a tomato basil soup. You've gotta have grilled cheese, though!

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  85. This is kind of funny--one of my favorite soups is the cream of potato that they serve at my work cafeteria!

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  86. I love roasted red pepper soup!

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  87. Baked Potato!! Which is never as good when I make it at home.

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  88. My favorite is vegetable beef.

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  89. Chicken Tortilla or maybe Cheeseburger Soup- and a bread bowl just makes it whole!

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  90. My absolute favorite is my mom's beef "stew", it has stew meat, potatoes and carrots in with homemade tomato sauce, salsa, worcestershire sauce, and season salt! Yummy!

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  91. Three-way tie...escarole, french onion, and crab/pepperjack bisque!

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  92. Oh my, French Onion with all that goopy cheese and yummy bread!

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  93. I love a great corn chowder. Next best is broccoli cheese. I recently took a soup class at Flavour in Forest Park to expand my soup repertoire a bit, and had a fantastic asian noodle soup, so that may find its way to the top soon!

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  94. Homemade chicken and wild rice... served in a sourdough bread bowl! For me, soup is really just an excuse to eat more bread. :)

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  95. I love baked potato cheddar soup! Absolute favorite!

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  96. My favorite is hot and sour soup.

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  97. Bob said...

    Joelen

    I am trying to comment on your soup contest but cant get into the comments

    My favorite soup is one I found just this past January while travelling in Vietnam Pho -- I ate it every day in all 3 cities that I visited, Saigon, Hue and Ha Noi. THis weekend my daughter treated me to a Vietnamese feast that started with -- of course, Pho.


    [email protected]
    October 12, 2009 8:23 PM

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  98. Cream of chicken & wild rice from Panera. I am desperately seeking a copycat recipe!

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  99. I'm not a huge soup fan but I do like broccoli cheese soup. I found a yummy and healthy version in a Cooking Light magazine.

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  100. Split Pea and Ham that has been slowly simmering in the crockpot all day.

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  101. Butternut Bisque and corn chowder. So good!

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  102. wow!!! i've always wanted one of these so that i could make a tasty pea soup...

    this is so in time for fall...

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  103. My favorite soup is arroz caldo with chicken.

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  104. This is a really hard decision but my FAVORITE soup has to be potato, broccoli and cheddar!

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  105. Ohhh I've been coveting an immersion blender, it's at the top of my list of things I'd love but can't splurge on at the moment! My faves are tomato, french onion, and matzo ball.

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  106. I've been wanting an immersion blender for a long time. I would love to use it to make my favorite tomato basil soup. Yum!

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  107. Nothing beats a bowl of homemade Chicken Noodle Soup!

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  108. My favorite soup for this time of year would have to be butternut squash soup. Seeing as how they're talking about snow for the end of the week (eek - it's not even November yet!), I think I may have to make some of this up!

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  109. Oh my gosh! I am dying to make this Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Hazelnut Oil recipe that I found online, but it requires an immersion blender just like this!

    I would say that my favorite soup is baked potato, even though it's not exactly in the "health" category.

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  110. It's a tie — french onion and tortilla!

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  111. My favorite soup is cream of broccoli, and this blender would be great for pureeing it!

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  112. My favorite soup would be loaded baked potato soup.

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  113. Tough to pick only one! Probably Matzo Ball Soup.

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  114. brocoli cheese and baked potato!

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  115. I love butternut squash soup or a creamy potato soup.

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  116. Broccoli Cheddar and homemade roasted tomato!

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  117. Unfortunately all the soups I like are cream based. Clam Chowder, Crab Bisque, Broccoli Cheddar, & Baked Potato soup.

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  118. It's hard to beat clam chowder in a bread bowl eaten near the ocean. However, if I'm feeling a bit more virtuous I'll go for some vietnamese pho, yum!

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  119. There's nothing like french onion soup!

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  120. I love my chicken enchilada soup!

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  121. It is definitely hard to choose just one! However, one of my favorite soups is cream of broccoli -- esp. from Nookie's Tree (on N. Halsted) if you go on a Saturday night. yum! My favorite soup that I've made though is corn, crab and shrimp chowder. Hmm...now I'm thinking I need a change in my weekly menu ;)

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  122. I guess my favorite soup has to be chicken noodle soup....the only kind I know how to make! :)

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  123. Split pea soup with bacon. Goes soooo well with a grilled cheese sandwich!

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  124. My favorite is the Zuppa Toscana soup. It is so good!!

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  125. Broccoli cheddar or Bnut squash, mmm...

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  126. I love soup so much - I look forward to fall coming just so I can make soups. My favorite is potato chowder with bacon and chedder.

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  127. I love soup especially the cream soups. They have tons of flavor. Seafood chowder is my all time favorite especially when it is cold outside with oyster crackers. YUMMY!!!

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  128. Butternut Squash soup with vanilla! It's amazing! Now I am totally wanting to warm up with some soup and it's not even 10 am.

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  129. Oooh, this sounds great! My favorite soup is roasted red pepper with tomato basil! It's pretty simple and doesn't require "hardware". But this would be a great incentive to branch out!

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  130. My all time favorite soup is new england clam chowder! Ok ok, it's a little more than just a soup, but it's delicious!!

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  131. My all time favorite soup has got to be New England Clam Chowder! Ok, ok, it might not classify as a "soup" but it's absolutely divine!

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  132. My new favorite is butternut squash soup. We grew them in our garden this year, and I made a couple of varieties - it was so easy & healthy too!

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