Side Orders: Cornbread croutons top this delicious barbecue chicken soup

Anne Braly

There's nothing better than warming up to a bowl of soup on a cold winter's day. Canned soups are convenient, but they lack the comfort brought on by a pot of homemade soup that's simmered on the stove for hours, sending wonderful aromas throughout the house.

With the strong possibility that cold weather is on the agenda for the next couple of months, is there any better time to make a pot of soup than right now?

photo Anne Braly

Chicken noodle soup is the standby, but it's rather humdrum compared to all the other wonderful concoctions you can put together. I like a soup that talks to me - bold with good textures and a bite of spice.