KAYSVILLE -- A bowl of steaming soup can warm the stomach and the spirit after a hard day at work, but many of us don't want to take the time to peel and cut up the vegetables needed to make homemade soup.
Although many good cookbooks are on the market, many of the recipes are time-consuming and often call for ingredients not found in the average home pantry.
Valerie Phillips decided to fill the need for easy, quick homemade soups that don't take as much time as stopping for fast food.
"I didn't want to have to peel and chop things," said Phillips, while making her pumpkin soup recipe in her home kitchen.
Her recently published "Soup's On!" cookbook, published by Covenant Communications, Inc., is on bookstore shelves now for $19.99. The book contains 100 soups, stews and chilis; 75 of those recipes can be made within 30 minutes.
Life experiences gave Phillips the expertise to write a cookbook with recipes easy to understand and easy to make. As a child, Phillips didn't like sandwiches, so her mother would put soup into a thermos for her school lunches. And on Sunday mornings, there was always a pot of soup on the stove. That was a tradition she continued in her home -- except Phillips always had a pot of soup on for Saturday night sports.