But today I was being a bit nostalgic.....tear-jerker alert for my sisters and my Mom.....
I was thinking of the times when it would be so cold at the farm where my dad worked for 16 years. There was nothing out there to do because of snow or high winds so Dad would get the day off and head home before we were out for school. He would usually make a big pot of beef soup....caldo....for when we got home.
It was the perfect soup! He used beef short ribs braised in oil and added potatoes, veggies, water or broth, seasonings, and finally cabbage. We would eat this with saltine crackers. He wouldn't add salt because of the saltines. I would line my crackers around the edges of my bowl and allow them to soak up the broth, pick them up, and watch them drop back into the bowl. It was saltine and soup mush that was so yummy!
To make this soup, I used 4 quarts of the beef broth I made last week.
|Isn't that a great color?!|
and 2 pint sized jars of canned, stewed tomatoes.
I also didn't have the heart to feed the beef from the soup bones I made the stock out of to the dog. So I bagged it up and thought I'd use it later. I added about 1 1/2 lbs. of beef to the pot along with 6 potatoes I cut into large chunks.
To this wonderful pot of yumminess, I'll add a side of cornbread made from scratch. This will ensure that the picky eaters who won't eat soup will at least eat cornbread for supper....sneaky Mommy!
I just put my nose up to the pot to take a little sniff, and I was so happy. It smells just like my Dad's caldo. It felt like a big hug from him!