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Best Harvest Moon Autumn Soups For Your Gratitude Journal

Updated on September 6, 2013

Gratitude Journals

I love the Season of the Harvest, when we have a huge full moon and can see the wonders that we have grown during the spring and summer. It is not a wonder at all that Asian and Native American cultures, First Nations and the Americas, Africans and many other peoples joyously proclaim the harvest in feasts, ceremonies, dance, and song.

Good Harvest

Good foods recommended by the National Cancer Institute.
Good foods recommended by the National Cancer Institute.
Anna Brassey, traveler, with her journal in 1881.
Anna Brassey, traveler, with her journal in 1881. | Source

Harvest Menus

A number of good dishes are not usually considered when looking at the ways to prepare fruits, vegetables, and grains for harvest feasts and events of thanksgiving from Late August through the end of November. The offerings on this page are just a few, and you likely have more in an old recipe box in the back of a cupboard or a handwritten cookbook from your ancestors. Or, you might have a cookbook published inexpensively by your church, other house of faith, or club that contains traditional or forgotten harvest recipes.

This Harvest Season, you may want to experiment with beginning a 30-Day Thankfulness or Gratitude Journal. Use even a simple spiral bound notebook or your computer's word processing program and for each day, record at least one Item, Person, or Situation for which you are thankful or which you think you might appreciate more; perhaps with a few thoughts, a sketch, or a poem. This can change one's perspective and enhance a good one.

You've heard of an Advent Calendar to celebrate the coming of Christmas one day at a time beginning with December 1st? Why not a Thanksgiving Journal now, or beginning November 1st? (In America, right before Elections, when we could use a good thought among the Negative Ad campaigns!)

Harvest Season is a good time to be thankful, and in the Old Testament, the Harvest was first celebrated with an Offering of the First Fruits. A Gratitude Journal, or one for Thankfulness or daily Beauty used to record good things for 30 days maybe just that (some folks use 40 days for the cycle).

William York MacGregor: "The Vegetable Stall"
William York MacGregor: "The Vegetable Stall" | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 8 servings
5 stars from 1 rating of Yukon Gold Soup

Yukon Gold Soup

Makes 8 servings.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 TBSP butter or substitute
  • 3 Cups thinly-sliced leeks(3 or 4 leeks)
  • 6 measured Cups Yukon gold potatoes after peeling and cubing
  • 2 Cups spring water
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 2 Cans vegetable broth, low-sodium
  • 2 Sprigs of Thyme
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy cream
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper, optional if you like a bit of spice

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a soup pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter and pour in the leek slices.
  • Stir and cook leek until just beginning to become tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Pour in the potato cubes, water, salt, vegetable broth, and thyme.
  • Bring pot to the boil and immediately reduce heat. Then cook on simmer (low) uncovered for 20 minutes. Potatoes should be tender.
  • Remove from heat, stir to allow evaporation of more of the water.
  • Remove thyme. Mash potatoes to a chunky consistency, pour in cream, and stir with red pepper if you choose that option. Pour into a serving dish.
  • Sprinkle black pepper over the potatoes at this point.

Variations - Small red potatoes are good in this recipe. Peel only a strip of skin from around the centers and cook whole. If potatoes are large, cut in half. Mash with remaining skins still on. Shredded cheese on top of this dish is an added good touch, cheddar, smoked cheddar or even Swiss -- if you wish, broil to melt. Crumbled cooked bacon is also very good sprinkled across the top.

Sweet Potato Soup with Kale and Garlic

kes 8 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 TBSP tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Medium white onions, peeled and chopped
  • 2 TBSP dried Italian herbs
  • 8 Cups vegetable broth, low sodium
  • 1 Can (14 to 16 oz.) cannelloni or other white beans, drained
  • 1.5 Pounds sweet potatoes, scrubbed well, then diced
  • 4 Oz. or more washed Kale leaves, chopped coarse - you need 4 Cups
  • 10 Garlic cloves, minced; more if you wish
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat and pour in onions and Italian herbs.
  • Sauté onions until soft and golden, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Pour in broth, beans, sweet potatoes, and kale. Stir.
  • Bring the pot to the boil and reduce heat to low; simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Pour in minced garlic and continue to simmer until sweet potatoes and beans are tender.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve in bowls.



Pear , Sweet Potato, and Squash - Delicate Sweetness

Makes 6 - 8 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Pound Butternut squash - peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 1 Large sweet potato of your favorite type - peeled and diced
  • 2 Cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 Cups spring water
  • 1 Stick of cinnamon
  • 3/4 to 1 tsp salt
  • 2 TBSP butter or substitute
  • 2 Medium yellow onions, peeled and sliced thin
  • 3 Large Bartlett pears
  • 1/4 Cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 Cup half-and-half or yogurt
  • White pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Place squash and sweet potato in a soup pot and pour in the, water, cinnamon stick, and salt. Over medium heat, simmer until vegetables are tender, 35 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick. Meanwhile...
  • In a frying pan, melt butter over low heat and cook the onions in it, stirring, until they begin to caramelize. remove from heat.
  • Peel, core, and slice pears thin. Pour slices into the onion pan, replace over medium-low heat and cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring.
  • Pour in white wine, cover; simmer 10 minutes. Check soup pot and turn off heat at the 35-minute time.
  • Add onions and pears to the soup pot and either leave chunky or puree in a blender in appropriately-sized batches. (I like it chunky and sometimes mash the vegetables somewhat.
  • Add cream and white pepper, and re-season with salt if you need it.
  • Re-heat the soup to simmer stage only.
  • Serve in bowls with a garnish, if you wish: chopped chives, shredded cheese, or a sprig or two of mint.

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    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Very cool hub, Patty. I love to journal and the idea of a gratitude journal is so great. Thanks, I voted it up.

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      JASON NICHOLS 

      7 years ago

      BEAUTIFUL, REALLY GREAT, I WILL SURELY TRY THIS AT HOME. KEEP ON WRITING.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      8 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      A wonderful idea - a Thanksgiving Journal. I am going to begin my journal and list you as one of the people I am thankful for. I have learned so much from you Patty and I thank you. The recipies and pictures are fabulous. You really put together a magnificent hub. Saved this in my favorites. My vote is up and beautiful!

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      carrie450 

      8 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      A wonderful idea of a journal Patty. I will bookmark this hub for future reference, thanks...voted up

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for sharing such very tasty recipes

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      @GL Stout - I also make a pear pie with apple pie seasonings and ti is very good and light-tasting.

      @cafeatkathys - Once I became more skilled and practiced at online writing/editing, email and texting became very easy and quick. I don't use the phone much anymore. give it some time and continue to comment on threads as you are doing here! Also, write a Hub so we can comment on it. Try the HubMob topic this week.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      @GL Stout - I also make a pear pie with apple pie seasonings and ti is very good and light-tasting.

      @cafeatkathys - Once I became more skilled and practiced at online writing/editing, email and texting became very easy and quick. I don't use the phone much anymore. give it some time and continue to comment on threads as you are doing here!

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    • G L Strout profile image

      G L Strout 

      8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Thanks for some great recipes. I would have never thought of using pears in a soup.

    • cafeatkathys profile image

      cafeatkathys 

      8 years ago

      you have a great hubpage. I am new to this kind of communication and I am having a hard time being accepted . Can you give any tips on how to improve mine?It would be greatly appreciated, since I come from the old school where the phone and in person was the best tool to communicate. Hope you get this

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Well, I sing a little, so if I ever figure out how to do a YouTube vid and get a camera..... :)

      Thanks for the visit, thoogun!

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      James D. Preston 

      8 years ago from Rome, Italy

      I've always admired your excellent writing skills, and now you've made my mouth water, whats next? ;)

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      That all sounds good and makes me smile, Specialk3749!

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      Karen Metz 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      I love the idea of a Thanksgiving journal! I think I will have my kids start one and then we can share on Thanksgiving. I love it! It will be a good writing assignment. My kids will probably groan for awhile, but I think in the end they will appreciate or maybe even thankful for mom. :-)

      The soup recipes look yummmy! Our tradition starting in October is to do a very large pot of soup on the weekend and make it last all weekend long. I can't wait to try out your recipes!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Hi nightbear - It's good to see you. I like these soups and always add some shredded cheese to them all. Hope you like them.

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