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Fantastic, memorable soups require an artful use of seasonings. Let Frontier help you broaden your soup horizons! Here's some expert soup and soup seasoning info.

The recipes pages on Frontier's website are a great place to get the process underway. The soup and chili section offers everything from A (All-Day Beef Bourguignon) to V (Vegetarian Chili), with Cool Avocado Soup, Greek Lemon Soup, Leek Soup, Moroccan Lentil Soup, Scallop Chowder, Tofu Chili and much more in between. Here are a few of our favorites:

Grilled Gazpacho
Gazpacho is a cold Spanish soup, often the soup du jour in warm, tomato-harvesting weather. Grilling some of the vegetables adds depth to the soup.

Sop Soup
The first soups were thick stews (sop) that were eaten soaked up with bread. Use a French or Italian bread, or a seasoned rustic bread for this recipe, and experiment with different grated cheeses.

Thick as Pea Soup
This is comfort food at its best. To serve leftovers, stir in a bit of vegetable broth until desired consistency (soup will thicken in the refrigerator).

Butternut Bisque
Squash, onion, apple and curry spices meld to make the ideal soup for your return from an autumn hike.

Blackened Tomato Soup
Not your canned tomato soup by a long shot, this recipe employs tomatoes that have been broiled to enhance their flavor. An array of other veggies and spices add depth, and a swirl of yogurt on top adds cooling interest.

French Onion Soup
The author of this recipe suggests making the soup ahead of time and adding the French bread and Swiss cheese (which hang enticingly over the rim of the bowl) just before serving.

Some Final Tips

Soup making is an accessible art, whether you're crafting the dish with leftovers and seasonings or purchasing just-the-right ingredients for a particular recipe. A few tips:

* For a sure-thing shortcut when your recipe calls for broth, use a broth powder as your base. Chicken-, beef-, or vegetable-flavored broth powders provide instant soup starters. Just dissolve in water and soup's on!

* Garnish soups with seasoned croutons, a dollop of sour cream or yogurt, nuts, tortillas, chives, parsley, or dumplings.

* Consider seasoning canned soups for a heartier, almost-homemade effect. Add spices like thyme, basil, and marjoram to plain tomato soup, for example. Or add Italian Seasoning to a bland, canned minestrone.

* If you're serving soup as a main dish, prepare about 2 cups per person.

* Whenever possible, prepare soups ahead to allow the flavors to meld.

* To prevent curdling of cream soups, don't overheat. Too much salt or acid in the soup can also cause curdling.

* To reduce the fat in homemade soups, make the soup a day ahead of time, then chill in the refrigerator. The fat will rise to the top, and you can simply scrape it off and discard it.

* Cut vegetables uniformly for your soups; this will insure that they cook evenly.

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