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JDF Soup By Betty Feezor

IMG_4058Betty Feezor was a local television personality on WBTV Charlotte in the 60’s and 70’s.  I watched her constantly and really believe she inspired me to continue in my efforts as a young homemaker to cook. I enjoyed her TV show and she seemed to be a kind and personable Southern lady.  One of my favorite recipes from her cookbook, Carolina Recipes Volume II, is JDF Soup.  She explains in her cookbook how her son, John Daniels Feezor loved the juice of vegetable soup, the meat and the potatoes but did not care for the other vegetables.  She worked with him to make this soup and named it JDF soup for her son.

One of my favorite things about this soup is the fact that I do not have to chop a lot of vegetables.  We had a very cold week in North Carolina last week and I made this soup.  It is so warm and comforting.

JDF Soup

1 and 1/2 pounds of groud beef  ( I have used only one pound of ground beef sometimes and it works fine)

1 tablespoon of instant onion

1/4 teaspoon pepper

4 medium size white potatoes  ( peeled and diced) I always use russet potatoes and they don’t seem to get mushy when you rewarm the soup.

2 teaspoons salt

1 tall can or bottle of vegetable juice

1 can of water  ( I have decreased my water to 1/2 can or bottle of water and it makes the soup thicker.)

Brown the meat well and drain.  Add all the other ingredients.  Cover and simmer 45 minutes to an hour when the potatoes are done.

This makes a large quantity of soup and we were able to share it with friends and that made it so much more special.  I think this is a good “snow” day soup and it would be good to have the basic non-perishable ingredients in the pantry.  I almost always have ground beef in the freezer as I buy my meat in bulk. I try to keep russet potatoes on hand during the winter season for sure.  I like to make potato soup when it snows too.

I am really hoping that I don’t have to make anymore “snow” day soup this year. How about you? I hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

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