March 8 is International Women’s Day. The celebration focuses on women’s determination and acts of courage—both past and present. The day aims to end all forms of discrimination and violence against women across the globe. It also aims to empower women by recognizing the role they play in society. It is an assertion of the right of females to design the course of their destiny.

Tips for Soup Perfection

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Women today have achieved a lot in their fight for gender equality. We see females play prominent roles in different aspects of life – political, economic, sports, business, and more. Many governments and companies are directed by women.

Spoonful of Comfort is proudly led by a female innovator, Marti Wymer, who aims to make the comfort of soup widely available. In lieu of sending a hug, Spoonful of Comfort allows you to send a warm pot of soup to express love and concern for others.

Marti got her initial brainstorm for the business when her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer while living in Canada. Marti, residing in Florida, wanted to offer immediate comfort to her mom but couldn’t get to Canada in the timeframe she wanted. From that experience, she launched the idea to enable people everywhere to send a personal touch to those in need—even if they are in distant places.

On International Women’s Day, we honor all the women who work to improve their communities. No one can do everything, but individual women are doing many small things within their sphere to elevate the world around them.

For those who love soup as much as we do, we invite you to honor the day by indulging in a pot of soup. Order one from us or make your own with these tips for a primo batch:

  • Sweat the vegetables – Making good soup requires layering flavors as you go. Start with aromatic vegetables such as onion, garlic, carrots, and celery. Slowly sauté them in butter to create a rich flavor base. Cook them long enough that they soften and release their flavor.
  • Double your recipe – It is easier to make soup in large batches. Double the ingredients in the recipe and use a larger pot. You can freeze the half of the soup that you don’t eat and enjoy it on a busy day when you don’t have time to cook.
  • Consider individual cook times – Do not put all the ingredients in the pot at the same time. Each ingredient cooks differently. Peas will soften much faster than carrots, for example. Stagger your additions so that nothing gets overcooked.
  • Respect the spoon size – When you chop vegetables, think of the size of a spoon. Don’t cut them so big that they will be cumbersome to eat.
  • Go easy on the salt – Use salt sparingly—especially if there is already some in the soup stock. You can always add more seasoning later if needed.
  • Simmer – Once your soup has come to a boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer until fully cooked.