Soup is a natural cold weather staple. Steamy and eaten slowly, every bite warms right down to the toes. Soup often requires little real cooking – more chopping, a little stirring and much simmering – making it a favorite meal for those who don’t want to spend their day over the stove. Hearty stews feel the most like a meal and are a solid choice for those who favor traditional, rib-sticking meals. Don’t overlook, though, soup’s many possibilities. Cool varieties such as gazpacho and vichyssoise add something unexpected to a summer meal. Creamy cucumber, beet, broccoli, split pea and fruit soups can all be served cool, adding an interesting texture to a meal. Soup recipes are as versatile as you are. Try any combinations you like and see which is your favorite, and be sure to post it here.