Sunday, January 24, 2010

Go To Soup

Not "Hey, let's get in the car and go to Soup."

But "I'm taking lunch to Linda. Get out the recipe for my go-to soup."

My friend Linda has cancer, dammit. Well she had cancer and they took it out. Now she has chemo, dammit.

I realized as I was picking up the ingredients at the local grocer that I make this everytime I need to take a meal to a friend.

Have a baby? How about soup?
Have cancer? How about soup?
Have a freezer? Let's fill it with soup!

I don't actually like soup. But I like my go-to soup. I love it.

It's out of the Foster's Market Cookbook. I so love Sara Foster and all of her cookbooks. She owns two market/restaurants in Durham and Chapel Hill and she used to work with my Martha. She also has a blog, which I need to look at...I just discovered it as I was linking to her soup recipe.

Another funny thing happened while I was linking to her soup recipe. She didn't have a link to her soup recipe. Ugh, bummer. Pick up a copy of her cookbook(s) or let me know if you want it and I will post. The name of the soup is Succotash Soup with Chicken and Oven Roasted Tomatoes. Mmmmmm.

What I wanted to share with you today is a yummy addition to the soup meal. I delivered the soup to Linda with crackers because crackers and soup make you feel better. Oooey-gooey corn bread makes you feel better too, but not if you are sicky and don't want something so rich.

This recipe is from a cookbook called Potluck at Midnight Farm. What a great title, right? I'm not going to lie to you. I bought this cookbook because the spine was pretty on the bookshelf at Borders. Now, this was many, many years ago. But yes, I judged a book by it's cover. And it worked out pretty well for me and my tummy.

Tamara Weiss is the author and she lives a fabulous life with famous friends on Martha's Vineyard. Mary Steenburgen contributed this recipe to the book. It's called Corn Spoon Pudding, but you can cut it into squares and pick it up like any old cornbread. No spoons necessary.

Corn Spoon Pudding

1 (8 1/2 oz) box corn muffin mix
1 (7 1/2 oz) can whole kernel corn
1 (7 1/2 oz) can creamed corn
1 cup sour cream
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese

Heat the oven to 350degrees. Combine all ingredients except the cheese in a large mixing bowl. Pour into a lightly greased 9x13-inch baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes.
Sprinkle grated Swiss on top and bake 10 minutes more. You will know it's done when a toothpick comes out clean.
Serve warm.

I wanted to take Linda something other than food, so I decided to do a little research on what to give patients receiving chemotherapy. How overwhelming. Heating pads. No, cold packs. Give them something to cover their head after they lose their hair. No, don't draw attention to their soon-to-be-shiny head. How insulting. Books. Video Games. Each suggestion contradicted the last. I'm smart enough to know that every patient is different. And I'm smart enough to know that Linda would love what ever I delivered to her because that is Linda. And I'm smart enough to know that if I took fabric and thread and created something for her, whether she needed it or not, she would tell me she loved it.

I used this tutorial to make a Chamomile Rice Heating pad.


This is the heating pad all folded up, ready to be delivered. When you unfold it, it has four sections, all full of rice. I followed the tutorial except I didn't do any measuring. I picked a piece of fabric that looked about the right size. I have no idea what size it actually was. And I didn't measure the rice, I just put in enough for the grains to spread throughout the bag, but not so much that it would be heavy on her lap (or neck, or boobie, or wherever).

What a terrible reason to share soup. Cancer.

Please go here to help us move towards a world where we share soup because it's yummy, and not because of chemo.


  1. You are so sweet. I came across that same tutorial a few days ago, blog hopping and thought, oh that would be an awesome mothers day gift. I don't know how you find the time!!

  2. I love Sara Foster, too. In fact, I bought her cookbook when she was visiting the Borders in Apex a couple of Christmases ago and she signed my book for me. She also had some delicious brownies onsite and she served them with hot milk. It was YUM. I'll have to try the soup. I can't get out of the dessert section of the cookbook :)