Food Stamps Cooking: Is It SOUP Yet?

August 31st, 2009 by admin Leave a reply »

There is a chill in the air.  It’s time for soup weather!  Now since our  gardens are waning and every day is growing shorter we are more inclined to have something hot and nourishing  simmering on the back burner of the stove!

I found a recipe my mother used to make when the tomatoes from her garden began to be smaller and not such great slicers.  I want to share it with you here so you can delight your family:


2 1/2 cups tomatoes-use commercially  or home-canned or those you have from gathered from your garden, cooked-juice and all.

2 slices onion, chopped

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon cloves

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons enriched flour

2 cups milk-use reconstituted powdered milk, canned or whole milk

METHOD:  Combine tomatoes, onion and seasonings; simmer 10 minutes then strain into a large bowl.

Make a white sauce of  the butter, flour and milk.  Just before serving, add the strained tomatoes to the white sauce.  DO NOT REHEAT.  This yields 6 servings.

***Note: Mom always removed the bay leaf before she strained the tomatoes.


I can almost taste the toasted cheese sandwiches Mom used to make in the oven to go with this soup.  It makes a great weeknight supper.  A crisp apple for dessert would polish this off nicely and make for happy campers around your supper table!

We are acutely aware that you are tired after working all day and it would be quick to open a can of soup but this homemade dish has no bad additives and all the love you can stir into it for those you love best.  Even if you fund your food budget with SNAP funds or get things from a food pantry or food commodities, this is very economical to create.

The Food Stamps Cooking Class still has a pair of openings for the class on Saturday, September 19!  You can get in on the fun by sending your request to !  The class was originally designed for users of food stamps-SNAP funds-but we will tailor the class for people who frequent Farmers Markets with coupons in hand or Angel Food Ministries.  In reality, most coffee drinkers will “qualify” if they like to save money on their food budgets!

Thanks to all of you who have directed people to our Food Stamps Cooking Club website so they can get on board with our occasional messages.  And thanks, as well, to you who have peeked in on our business partners: Rapid Cash Marketing and The Healthy and Wealthy You Their mission is to boost your bottom line.  We are all working together to help you solve your problems.

PS/Won’t you please make our day by leaving your comment behind?  Thanks oodles!

Connie Baum



  1. Caroline says:

    Your tomato soup makes me hungry!

    I am peeling some tomatoes to fry in butter with onions for supper. It sounds so good.


  2. Thanks for a great tip, Caroline! It’s readers like you who make the Club successful! We can all help one another, for sure!

    Mother Connie

  3. That soup that your Mom made sounds delicious. I will try that recipe very soon. These days it issoup weather for me. I like some thing hot for the supper meal in the evening. Yes Farmers eat dinner at noon and in the evening we eat Supper for that meal.

    Keep up your comments they are interesting to read.