Virtual Supper Club — Soups and Stews

January 14, 2010 | By | Comments (10)

Helene-tomato-soup Happy New Year, everyone! I'm new to and very excited to continue the monthly posts about our readers' Virtual Supper Club

In case anyone needs a quick recap (like I did!), the Virtual Supper Club consists of five ladies throughout North America who share a love of blogging, delicious food, and healthy living. They consist of: Hélène (of Vancouver Island), Val (British Columbia), Jamie (Florida panhandle), Shelby (upstate New York), and Aggie (Central Florida). Once a month, they virtually share their beautiful photography, thoughts, and experiences about creating a Cooking Light recipe from a chosen theme on each of their blogs.

Yesterday marked their first Virtual Supper Club posts of the year with the delicious theme of Soups and Stews for the cold, winter season. We can't agree with their theme choice more: from 2003 to our current issue, Cooking Light has consistently featured soups, stews, and chilies on its January/February cover year after year. From Hélène's quick and easy Spicy Tomato and White Bean Soup (pictured here) to Shelby's flavorful Shrimp and Butternut Squash in Coconut Milk Broth, each of their choices have my mouth watering. Be sure to check out each of their blogs to see their beautiful photography and read more about how the recipes turned out. 

January 2010: Soups and Stews Menu

"My entire family loved, loved, loved this chili.  It was such a quick weekday meal to put together.  It was very flavorful and had a nice spiciness to it but not too spicy.  As my family says…'s a keeper!"

"I loved the creaminess of the dish, the sweetness of the squash and coconut milk, and the heat from the red pepper flakes. Some fresh cilantro mixed in and then sprinkled on to garnish only made even more appetizing to me!"

"Tender pieces of chicken stewed with spicy salsa, tender sweet corn and corn tortillas make this a classic dish to bring to the table. I pulled out my crock pot for the second time this week…simply unheard of!!!"

"This soup is ready in less than 15 minutes because you do use the food processor to chop the fresh vegetables. Instead of navy beans I used black beans. This soup was refreshing and healthy."


Join the club! If you'd like to become an honorary member of the Virtual Supper Club, blog a recipe that fits the theme, then send us an email or leave a comment here with a link to your post. 


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    I remember when I used to live in Mexico that everybody love the Spicy Sausage Chili I couldn’t eat anything with that sauce I don’t know how they can eat that.

    August 16, 2010 at 5:02 pm
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    I remember when I used to live in Mexico that everybody love the Spicy Sausage Chili I couldn’t eat anything with that sauce I don’t know how they can eat that.

    August 16, 2010 at 5:01 pm
  3. sandi @ the whistlestop cafe

    This looks like fun.
    I am going to join in! I’ll post something Italian by next wednesday.

    February 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm
  4. Kelly

    I love soups! A hearty soup is so comforting when the weather is cold! This is a link to one of my winter soup staples – Roasted Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Maple Soup!

    January 21, 2010 at 9:51 am
  5. Monamona

    This is a good introduction for the new year. These soups are just the way I like them – more organic and less additives. We believe more will be coming especially stews we can do using leftovers.

    January 18, 2010 at 4:38 am
  6. Shelby

    Hi Mallory! Thanks for such a great round up and quotes from our posts! I look forward to the suppers ahead!

    January 15, 2010 at 11:52 am
  7. bellini valli

    Welcome to the Virtual Supper Club Mallory. We hope to inspire more and more readers to cook healthy and delicious from the pages of Cooking Light. Stay tuned next month while we cook Healthy Italian!!!

    January 15, 2010 at 11:23 am
  8. Jamie

    Hi Mallory! Thanks for the great post about our Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club. Every month is fun and I really enjoyed our theme for January. Now, I want to make everyone else’s dish!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:30 am
  9. Erin

    Great post Mallory! Looking forward to following the Virtual Supper Club.

    January 14, 2010 at 8:57 pm
  10. Hélène

    Welcome Mallory! Hope you have a great 2010 year. We enjoyed this month theme. Soup was so yummy.

    January 14, 2010 at 1:51 pm

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