Happy New Year! I just finished putting all the decorations away, the cookies are gone and we're ready for soup.

After all the holiday food, doesn't a good soup appeal to the palate?

Soups are easy to throw together and can be waiting for you when you walk in the door after a busy day of work and other activities. In fact, January is National Soup Month.

I made soup on the last day of 2017, as we were taking down holiday decorations and battling boxes and containers. Where do those container tops disappear to?

Soup in the Crock-Pot meant we could eat when we wanted.

I have a Southwestern three-bean chowder recipe we have enjoyed and shared with others. Over the years, the recipe has changed as our tastes have changed.

One day, because of my affection for enchilada sauce, the recipe changed so much, my husband Fred thought it was a new recipe.

I held my breath as he tasted it for the first time and didn't tell him the ingredients — he doesn't care much for enchilada sauce.

But the kielbasa swayed his opinion. So here is the latest version of my Enchilada Soup.

What's in your soup pot? Email Dixie Burmeister at dixieb2882@gmail.com.

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