Summertime Souping – with Kate from Boulder Organic!

By now you’ve heard me moan about how hot it is in Florida right now, right?! (I’m probably moaning more than usual because pregnant with twins in July in Florida is a lot hotter than I thought it would be, HA!) However, no matter the temperature, when we’re out grabbing a bite to eat and the server asks my hubby if he wants soup or salad, he ALWAYS goes for the soup. And I just don’t get it. It’s far too hot for SOUPING!


Or so I thought until I took the time to chat with Boulder Organic Foods founder Kate Brown, who shared about the company’s Summertime Souping! Though many (like me) don’t consider soup a summer-time staple, the Boulder-based brand is committed to offering consumers robust flavor profiles that taste great without overindulging in sugar or calories even during the warm summer months.

Kate founded Boulder Organic Foods in 2006, with a vision to craft “oh my gosh!” good food using garden-fresh ingredients. All of the soups are made in small batches and are certified organic, certified gluten-free and non-GMO verified. They are sold in the deli refrigerated section at grocers nationwide. I caught up with her to ask her some questions about organic foods, how the company “makes soup better”, and life in general! 

  1. Tell me a little bit about yourself, your family and your life!

I am a Colorado native and grew up in a wonderful family business environment.  My parents were tremendous mentors, modeling hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit.  I was very lucky to be exposed to the startup and growth stages of their business.  My home truly is the mountains of Colorado. I love to travel but I belong, heart and soul, in the Rocky Mountains.  Boulder has been an especially kind place to raise my family and start an organic food business. There aren’t enough hours in the day to grow Boulder Organic and squeeze in golfing, hiking, fishing, family, gardening…the list is endless!

  1. When did you first become interested in creating organic foods?  

It was a very unexpected time in my life – I was busy raising my daughter and the lack of “unadulterated” fresh soup caught my attention.  The more I mentioned it to my family and friends, the more I saw a huge discrepancy between how we think about the foods we love and what is actually offered in the marketplace.  Although I am appreciative of the food technologies that help bring safe food to more people, I think that much of our food system turns out over-processed foods that contain too many additives, stabilizers, preservatives and flavor enhancers. Turning that trend around, one bowl of soup at a time, seemed like the right thing to do!

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The Soup’s On – with Boulder Organic Foods! GIVEAWAY INCLUDED!

I’ve been talking about what I call “soup weather” here on the blog – have you noticed? This time of the year is when I really adore a bowl of hot soup! There’s something so comforting and happy about soup, don’t you think? 

So when Lainie from Boulder Foods informed me that January was National Soup Month, it all made sense! Now, I had not previously heard of Boulder Foods until Laine contacted me, but she shared all about their certified organic, gluten-free and Non-GMO soup’s tasty line-up:

  • Butternut Squash with Sage
  • Roasted Tomato Basil
  • Red Lentil Dahl
  • Garden Minestrone
  • Cuban Black Bean
  • Green Chile Corn Chowder
  • Potato Leek
  • Golden Quinoa and Kale
  • Chicken Quinoa & Kale
  • Chicken Vegetable Chili

Are you hungry yet?!

Now, I must admit, I was a bit hesitant with these soups at first. I mean, really, how GOOD could soups found in the refrigerated deli section actually BE?

Well, Boulder has proved my hesitancy completely unnecessary! 

Boulder Organic Foods was founded in 2006 by Kate Brown, who had a vision to craft “oh my gosh!” good food using garden-fresh ingredients. Boulder Organic soups are made in small batches and are certified organic, certified gluten-free and non-GMO verified. They are sold in the deli refrigerated section at grocers nationwide – please check the locator for a retailer near you!

I went by my local Fresh Market to see what Boulder soups they had to offer, and came home with a Roasted Tomato Basil and a Garden Minestrone – YUMMY! I decided to pair them up with a couple slices of cornbread.


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Momma’s Chunky Potato Soup!

It’s FINALLY feeling like Winter here in Florida! (Don’t laugh too hard!) Of course, Winter here means the lows are in the 40’s or 50’s, and the highs are in the 60’s or 70’s, but it’s a welcome respite to the 95-degree summers, so I will take it! It’s totally turning into “soup weather”! (Especially Potato Soup Weather!) 

I adore “soup weather”. Don’t you?! Especially on a chilly day when I’ve been outside for a while, to come inside for a meal and have a lovely bowl of soup is just delightful! My husband thinks so, too, and as a result, this potato soup (originally from my momma’s recipe box) is one of the first things I ever cooked for him! Like many of the dishes my kitchen produces, this one is full of variables, which I’ll share as we go along. So let’s get started! (Scroll down to the bottom for the printable version!)

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Momma’s Chunky Potato Soup

3 red potatoes
2 cups water
1 small onion
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Crushed red pepper flakes
Ground black pepper
3 cups milk
1/2 teaspon sugar
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup cubed ham

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Mom’s Homemade Soup

Okay, so we live in Florida. Down here, we get pretty excited over cooler weather, let me tell you! After months of temps in the 90’s with heat indexes in the 100’s, I’m looking at the week ahead that’s calling for lows in the 50’s with highs in the 60’s and 70’s, and, I won’t lie – I’m very much looking forward to it!

One of my favorite things about a little bit of cooler weather is soup. I LOVE soup! My top three favorite soups to cook are Potato Soup, Cheeseburger Soup and the one I’m about to show you: Mom’s Homemade Soup.


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