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a wee apologia

thumbsup campbell soupThere has been public outcry (from at least two of our dear readers), aghast that we have slammed Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup.  Did Sara have the audacity to say she’d never had – nor would she have – a can of it in her cupboard?  Did we scoff at the idea of someone actually fixing or eating and, yes, LIKING a curry made with it?

We want to apologize by offering up a few recipes from our past – all made with Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup .  In case you didn’t know, you can now buy “heart healthy” Cream of Mushroom soup.  Interestingly enough, the MSG has also been omitted.  See my feelings about that in Food for Thought.  I’d still go with the original version.

You can click on the recipes above to make them readable.  Mind you – posting them is not the same as recommending them.

Knowing about this controversy which apparently surrounds the use of Cream of Mushroom Soup, I solicited input from three of my Fort Collins’ Besties, who are all visiting me in Glen Ellen this week: Eileen, Patti, and Jeanie.

Eileen went through her mom’s recipe files and quickly found 5 recipes that were her family’s favorites – all with Cream of Mushroom soup.  Especially interesting since Eileen’s mother was focused on feeding her family nutritious and healthy foods.

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Eileen’s fav Tuna Casserole with Cream of Mushroom Soup

Patti recommends using Cream of Mushroom soup for an easy Beef Burgundy.

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Patti’s Beef Burgundy with Cream of Mushroom Soup

Jeanie confesses that this 1976 recipe for Spinach Squares from Sunset Hors d’Oeuvres cookbook (which sold for $2.95) is still her go-to for potluck parties.  It’s finger food.  It can be made ahead of time and chilled.  Jeanie says her mother didn’t think much of canned soups – except canned tomato soup, which was served up when Jeanie or her sisters were sick.  But Jeanie’s mom was a connoisseur of jello.  Especially jello with carrots, canned pears, or fruit cocktail.

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Jeanie’s favorite party food – Spinach Squares with Cream of Mushroom Soup

All in all,  writing about Cream of Mushroom Soup has been a True Confessional kind of experience.  Those familiar red and white cans definitely bring back memories for those of us who experienced those “halcyon days” of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Continue reading

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