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Another CSN Giveaway and Mom’s Vegetable Beef Soup

It’s a sad blue day today because the Bears lost, Bill is gloating that the Packers won and I have to pay off my debts.

As a kid, I loved Mom’s vegetable soup!  It was one of my favorite foods back then and it still is today.  It was the perfect comfort food to me in the fall and winter and I always eagerly looked forward to her cooking it.  I posted this when I first started blogging, with no followers, and thought it is a great soup to re-post.

Mom and Dad, late 1970's

Mom never followed a recipe for her vegetable soup but, I watched and helped her enough times to learn it well.  It’s filled with fresh vegetables and herbs combined with beef and barley in a tomato juice base.  The ingredients all pull together for a great taste and vibrant, rich colors.  The only change I made was to add a little hot sauce.

It makes a large amount of soup so that I have plenty to give Bubba and Matt a large pan of and then have enough left to freeze for a couple of meals for Bill and me.  This is a very filling soup and fills our tummies with pleasure! 

Back years ago, Mom always served it with saltine crackers; however, we’d rather have a crusty Italian bread to sop up all the juices in the bottom of the bowl.  It would be great with cornbread also. 

You know, the Super Bowl is nearing and this is perfect dish to make for your crowd. Prepare it the day before and heat it up on Super Bowl day for an easy delicious hot filling dish on game day. 

And speaking of the Super Bowl ~ for your party, you just might be shopping around for more seating like adjustable bar stools in your homeCSN Stores has a huge selection of them along with other things you will need for your party; such as glasses, serving bowls and other accessories.  

Love that red!

Maybe this one...

Do you need a blender?

Or a pretty chip and dip set?

Sean, at CSN Stores, has again kindly offered me another giveaway for all of you for a $20 gift certificate.  The $20 gift certificate does not include shipping costs but, you can use the gift certificate on ANY product from ANY one of the CSN sites.

Here are the rules for entering:

  1. Leave a comment telling me you are a follower through Google Friend Connect (on the side bar of this blog) and tell me what you’d like from CSN.

  1. For an extra entry, follow this blog on the Facebook Networked Blogs (on the side bar of this blog) and leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

  1. This giveaway is open through midnight, CST, Tuesday, February 1st.  The drawing will be by a random number generator on Wednesday, February 2nd and is open to US entrants only. 

Now for Mom’s delicious soup:

Mom’s Vegetable Beef Soup


3 pounds beef chuck roast
1½-2 quarts water
2 (64 ounce) bottles tomato or V-8 juice
1½ cups quick barley
Broth from beef
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon thyme
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon basil
3-4 drops hot sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar (I use Splenda)
½ to 1 head cabbage, chopped into larger than bite-size chunks
1 large onion, chopped
8 carrots, julienne cut
8 celery ribs, julienne cut
4 russet potatoes, cubed
Celery leaves

Day before serving:

Place beef in a large stock pot, add water, sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Cover with lid.
Cook until tender.
Let the meat cool in the broth.  I then cover it with a lid and set it in the garage (remember it’s very cold here) over-night to allow the fat to solidify.

Serving day: 

Carefully remove the solid fat on top and strain the broth. 
Remove beef from pan.  Trim and cut into bite-size pieces, refrigerate.
Heat broth and add V8 juice, bring to a boil.
Add barley, boil for 10 minutes.
Add salt and pepper and herbs and brown sugar.  Stir well.
While the barley is cooking, chop all vegetables.
Add all vegetables and a couple of handfuls of celery leaves.
Simmer on medium-low heat.
Cook till vegetables are crisp tender, not mushy soft.
Be sure to stir well and scrape the bottom of the pot as the barley may stick.
If it is too thick, add a little water at a time and more seasonings.
When vegetables are cooked to your liking, remove the bay leaves.
Add the cut up meat and stir well but, gently so as not to break up the meat.
After meat is heated through, remove pan from heat.
Serve and enjoy!

Pam’s note: Every time you add water or another liquid to the pot, you must add more seasonings.

This soup satisfies the soul!

M’m! M’m! Good!  Here’s to you, Mom!!!

Good luck to all of you in the CSN giveaway!  I hope you win!


  1. Que pasada de receta, me encanta esta sopa.


  2. There is nothing better than a bowl of your mom's soup! I like your addition of the hot sauce. I am a follower of your wonderful blog.

  3. I follow you through Google Friend Connect and I would def invest in more kitchen things through CSN :)

  4. That soup looks very special and just the answer for this time of the year.Diane.

  5. That soup looks delicious. I'm a follower and I want a LeCruset pot and have for quite awhile. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. I'm following through Facebook now too.

  7. yummo!!! perfect for a cold winters night.h

  8. nothing more hearty, good for you and filling than a nice bowl of hot soup.

    One of life's small pleasures.

  9. Looks like I am already a follower Pam.

    I have been coveting some creme brulee dishes on CSN for a while now or a lovely pitcher or ice cream maker..

  10. I'm a GFC follower and would love to get some glass stemware.

  11. What a wonderful soup! I can almost smell it, so warm and comforting.

    Sorry about the Bears. My son was very disappointed that the Patriots lost.

    I am a follower:)

  12. I'm a follower on GFC! I'd love a coffee maker and coffee bean grinder (trying to win one for a friend who's moving out, as a housewarming gift!)

  13. Well what an array of fans, we lost too JETS FANS all the way... very sad when this seemed to be their time oh well we will get them next year, sorry about the Bears... your in good company I hate the Steelers STEALERS! LOL ... oh well great giveawayand comforting food indeed!

  14. Don't mom's have the best recipes for vegetable soup? I adore my own family's recipe, and after seeing your post...I want to make it tomorrow night. I follow you, and I'm in the need of a new pot. Thank you for sharing your soup and this giveaway with me...I hope you have a great Tuesday...I'm already ready for the weekend :-)

  15. I am a Google follower who desperately needs a new blender. The soup looks delish!

  16. Sorry about the least your team made it that far :)
    The soup looks so warm and comforting...thanks for sharing!
    Oh...and I'm a follower!

  17. That's one tasty bowl of stew! I can do with something warm and delish like that right now :)

  18. That looks like a bowl of comfort indeed! I am going to browse your blog really looks awesome!
    Thanks for stopping by and I'm YOUR newest follower too!

  19. Hi Pam-I adore your mom's hearty and comforting beef and vegetable soup, your parents photo is so sweet, and your memories of the soup bring me back same type of memories as well.
    My mom made it similar to your mom's soup as well. Love the V-8 juice, and the yummy barley.
    Great recipe, will print out to make! I follow your blog, but no face book acct.

    I am also from Ohio, originally...from Cleveland, actually, the suburbs the last few years, of my late teens...seems like I'm a native Floridian now, but still remember the brutal winters.

    I love CSN stores...such a great giveaway. Badly needing this Cuisinart blender...mine is on it's last leg!!!

  20. I thought I already followed you...but I guess I wasn't! I am now :)

  21. Ok that looks amazing! I must try it!

  22. There is so much to choose from CSN...I am thinking I need a immersion blender!

  23. I am originally form Wisconsin, so I am fine with the Packers, but I really don't care, so sorry about your losses! This looks fabulous. I am in the mood for a good soup tonight as I had a root canal yesterday, sounds so nice and easy to chew!

  24. I love the look of this soup and the fact that it's Mom's...makes it even better! Delicious ingredients!

    I actually have needed counter height bar stools forever! CSN has a huge selection! :)

  25. Oh and I follow your blog on Google connect and Network Blogged/FB too!

  26. Pam, I wanted to thank you for signing up as a follower on my blog. Your support is truly appreciated. I'm happy to have discovered your blog, and look forward to sharing recipes.

  27. Every single one of my taste buds thank you very very much for sharing this recipe, this soup was amazing!

  28. Love csn!! I would love to use this gift code on sooo many things-like a dutch oven, some new kitchen gadget or some new pot holders...the list could go on for quite awhile;)

  29. I am really hoping I can make some of these soups from your recipes...and what the heck...put my name in the pot for the give away too!!! Mica

  30. Oam, thanks for sharing the photo. Your parents look wonderful. I was 1 year old in 1970! :o)

  31. I've been eating so much soup! This looks great!

  32. Nice to have a soup that brings back such good memories, and that's a great picture of your folks!

    I'm a follower :)

  33. and... I'm a networked blogs follower :)

  34. I'm your newest (lucky #600) follower! :) There are so many cool stuffs from CSN store, but I better focus on getting some new furnitures. Since we moved to the new place, we haven't get new furnitures and it's about time. Thanks for the giveaway and visiting my blog. Glad I've found your blog too.

  35. I'm a follower!! I would buy either a lid for my Pullman pan or a pizza peel. I need both! :D Thanks for the chance, Pam.


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