My "back porch" is my kitchen, my favorite room in the house. Come on in, the coffee is fresh, and I just made a pitcher of sweet tea. The cookies will be out in a minute. I have over 40 years of recipes to share with you, along with my opinion on everything. Oh my, you are right, it is cocktail time. What can I get you? Of course I can make you a Mint Julep! Stop by anytime, something is always cooking, and the back door is never locked.

Bon Appetit, Y'all

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

White Turnip Soup With Rice

This is a wonderful soup that I found in one of the books Joyce sent, Italian Soup Cook Book.  I made a few changes because of available ingredients.  Nothing major.  And as I've mentioned before the turnips are marvelous this year.

I need to mention I may be missing in action for a few days.  There is lots to do before our church auction on Saturday. 

servings 6-8
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3 large white turnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 4 cups
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 ounce pancetta or bacon, finely chopped
1 large onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 small red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice
8 cups basic homemade beef broth or canned low-sodium beef broth
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Salt (optional)
1 1/4 cups rice, preferably Arborio
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

1.  Cook the turnips in a large saucepan in salted boiling water to cover just until tender, about 10 minutes.  Drain and set aside.

2.  Melt the butter in a large skillet over low heat.  Add the turnips and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 6 to 7 minutes.  Remove from the heat and set aside.

3.  Saute the pancetta in a large soup pot over medium heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.  Add the onion and bell pepper and cook until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes.  Add the broth and black pepper.  Taste and season with salt, if needed.  Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil.

4.  Add the rice and reduce the heat to a very slow but steady simmer.  Cover and cook until the rice is al dente, about 15 minutes.  Stir in the turnips and parsley and remove from the heat.  Lade the soup into warmed bowls and serve, passing the grated cheese alongside. 


  1. i can't find fresh turnips anywhere. another soup recipe that i somehow missed when i had that book! i can't wait to hear how the church auction goes!

  2. I will be sure to make this soup after I return to Alaska (on Oct 6) Looks soup-er good (could not resist) and I could live on soups. Never had a turnip soup before. Intrigued. Good luck with your activities!

  3. I have been missing you, since you have been gone my blog crashed and I have started AGAIN!!!!

  4. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!!
    I'll give it a try soon

  5. Missing you, Bev, especially on Sunday mornings. I wish you a speedy recovery. Will be praying. xo

  6. stopping by from Jaz, and sending much needed love and energy

  7. Warm wishes from a fellow Southern Girl (Easley, SC). I love your blog!

  8. Bev, all of us here on the farm send you lots of positive thoughts and goat hugs. I hope that the chemo goes well and doesn't fatigued you too badly. If you need a smile come look at the baby goats. They are always good for a lift.

  9. Bev I am visiting by way of October Farm. Wanted to say my prayers and thoughts are with you. Sometimes its hard to understand the obstacles we face in our journey in this world but its good to know God is with us every step of the way. May this "obstacle" disappear quickly.

  10. I just read Joyce's blog and want to let you know that I am praying for your perfect health. I will hold positive prayers and she your health restored to perfection. Blessings to you.

  11. Nov. 2nd

    Just came over from Joyce's blog ("October Farm"). I am so sorry to hear of your health issue. Best wishes to you.

    And lots of gentle hugs,

  12. I just came from Joyce's blog and please know I will keep you in my prayers and send all the healing energies I can.You just put all your thoughts on getting better, and as soon as you have beat this nasty beast of illness I have lots more old Granny Mac recipes for you to try!!!!Love, laurie

  13. Hi Beverly, you don't know me my name is Marina and I live in the south of Spain in Jerez, today I've read in the blog october farm that you need a little bit of help I know you believe in prayer, me too so you can be sure Marina is praying from Spain. Hugs from a lot of km away. :) Marina

  14. Best wishes to you, Beverly! Be strong, fight hard, live long and prosper.

  15. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Just a note to let you know you are in my
    thoughts and prayers...I just learned about
    what you are facing from Jazz at Octoberfarm.

    Will light a candle and hold healing energies for you!!!

    In Divine Love,

  17. Hello Bev, just found your website thanks to Octoberfarm and I'm going to look at your recipes, they seem lovely. Wishing you the very best!

  18. Dear Beverly,
    Hang in there! Our Goatmother just finished with chemotherapy and radiation. We understand your plight and our prayers are going out and will continue to go out for you!
    Hugs from Washington,
    Marigold and the Goatmother

  19. Bev, You don't know me, but I have just come from Joyce's blog, OctoberFarm, and heard about your new fight. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. The more people who pray and send healing thoughts...the stronger they become. Count me in!!!

    Big Hugs,

  20. Bev, I just learned of your health challenge from Joyce, and I want you to know that I'm sending you copious, continued amounts of healing energies for you to beat that cancer. I firmly believe in the power of positive, healing energies. .my hubby has been battling cancer for over 12 years now, and if it were not for his meditative imagery, joined with my positive energies that I keep flowing around him, his medical treatments would not have been as affective. While you are leading this battle, we, who love you, are going to be right there with you in spirit. Hugs & Love! Suzie

  21. Bev,
    I've often read your recipes, and they are wonderful.
    I stopped by from Octoberfarm's blog to let you know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  22. Hi Bev, I just read Joyce's post, I'm so very sorry to hear about your cancer diagnosis. I was wondering why your blog hand been quiet. I thought you were just taking a break. Please know that I am going to add you to my "prayer pot" and pray for a miracle!


  23. Oh Bev. I have just read Joyce's blog post about you. I am so so sorry and I will keep you in my heart and prayers. Why does this have to happen to such good people like you? Why! Bev, please know you are very much on the top of our prayer list and I hope you get through your treatments will little ill effects. Love, Ina

  24. Sending thoughts and prayers, Bev.

  25. Oh Bev, I feel like I have been hit by a 2 x 4 after reading about you and your health on Octoberfarm. The tears are just flowing. This is so unfair. WHY? WHY? WHY? I know it is not right to question God but now with you and my dear friend with acute leukemia, I am just shaking my head. You will be in my prayers, dear heart. Please keep me posted. I do care.

  26. Bev, me again. I have some holy water from Lourdes. Do you want it?


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