1 We shot this Facebook chat at my New York offices in our beautiful Martha Stewart Living Turkey Hill Kitchen from The Home Depot. I just love the color combination of the cabinets with our Martha Stewart Living Corian counters. http://www.homedepot.com/c/SPC_BRD_MSL_Kitchen
2 The three soups we are making include split-pea soup, vegetable soup, and chicken soup. Sam Schutz and Tina Weber carmelich from our video team are shooting the show all on an iPhone.
3 When preparing any meal, it's good to have everything mise en place, which is French meaning "put in place" as in set up. It is a term used in professional kitchens to prepare all the ingredients, so they are ready to cook. These ingredients are for the vegetable soup.
4 Marci Greenfield is our director of content marketing, and handles a lot of our social media details during these chats, including monitoring the comments that come through and all the questions that I answer LIVE during the show.
5 Here are Marci and Anduin Havens, video director of design.
7 Angus Chen and Levi Garcia are from our IT department - they've been working with me for many years. They stayed nearby to ensure all the technical details for our Facebook chat ran smoothly.
9 I try to use organic vegetables for all my dishes. I am very fortunate to have an indoor vegetable greenhouse at the farm, so I can have fresh, organic vegetables all year log.
10 After adding all the ingredients in our split-pea soup, bring it to a boil, and then allow it to simmer until the peas are soft. Whenever I make soup, or bring some home from work, I always transfer them into containers that I can easily stack and store in my freezer until they can be eaten.
11 Making soup doesn't take much time at all, and all the recipes for the soups i am making during this Facebook chat, are on our web site at marthastewart.com.
12 For the chicken soup, I am using Sarah Carey's mom's recipe. Sarah's mom, Susan, makes a delicious and soothing chicken soup. The main ingredients for this chicken soup include carrots, parsnips, onions and chicken. http://www.marthastewart.com/356023/susans-chicken-soup.
13 Here is our chicken soup that Sarah Carey's mom developed. It is looking very delicious - I want some now.
14 Sarah Carey also makes a lot of soup. The day before the shoot, she made a roasted cabbage, potato and bacon soup for her children.
16 I go through a lot of olive oil - so many recipes call for it, but I never buy big jugs of olive oil as it can spoil quickly. One way to to check if it is rancid, put a small amount of the palm of the hand, rub the hands together, and then smell and lick to see if it bad or not.
17 We made this vegetarian vegetable soup using vegetable stock. This is also brought to a boil and allowed to simmer - just stop the cooking when the hard vegetables, such as the potato and squash, are tender to the point of the knife and not falling apart. http://www.marthastewart.com/330140/hearty-winter-vegetable-soup
18 I try to bring everything I can from my farm - vegetables, and especially eggs, as you can see on the back counter. My chickens have been so productive. They are currently laying more than 65-eggs a day!
20 Once the split-pea soup is done, all the soup parts are poured into a blender - I use a Breville. And, always serve split pea soup, or any other hot soup, piping hot. This is served with brioche croutons on top - so delicious.
21 For our chicken soup, I like big shredded pieces of meat. I also like serving it in a nice rimmed bowl with a bit of fresh dill.
22 I added escarole and some garbanzo beans to our simmering vegetable soup. Cook this only until the escarole is wilted. And, don't overcook because the squash will get too soft. When ready to serve, add a bit of dill, mint and a squeeze of lemon. I hope my Facebook chat encourages you to make some warm soups this weekend.