Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG
October 27th, 2005
Just For The Record

I would like to take this opportunity to let everybody know that I made the best brocolli soup EVER known to man-kind.  It was completed at 4 o'clock on this chilly Thurday, October the Twentyseven.  It was better than anything Coie has EVER made (with the exception of those little carmel truffles that she made last Christmas).  It was better than what Maggie Hogan made her husband last night.  It was better than Gena's famous gaucomole.  It was better than the roasted hamsters that Jay From Cleveland cooked over the open fire on one of his boyscout trips.  It was even better than Marsha's home made MREs or the Jalepenos that Happy Apple blew up.  Not that I'm defensive or anything. It's not like I am *worried* about some of those disgraceful rumors being spread.  I just had a feeling that it was something you'd want to write down: ” Jenefer Igarashi is the best brocolli soup cooker in all of the West-Eastern hemisphere”.  If  I knew how to use a digital camera I would have totally posted a picture of how good it tasted and then you all would have wept tears of regret for inclining your ear to such nonsensical claims made about my cooking or cleaning skills — which are FINE by the way.  No need to ask Geo.  He is very busy and cannot be bothered with such trivial inquiries. 

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  1. JenIG said,

    on October 27th, 2005 at 4:16 pm

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    i forgot to add that it also is better than Dalyn’s chocolate goat milk. I’m actually assuming that since i’ve never actually tasted any goat byproducts.

  2. jayfromcleveland said,

    on October 27th, 2005 at 4:23 pm

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    The roast hamster was delectible, you should try it. Not many bites on them little buggers though. But I’m trying to figure out where the West-Eastern Hemisphere might be. The Eastern Hemisphere is arbitrarily defined as from Greenwich, England, across Europe, Africa and Asia to the International Date Line (where “Greenwich” is pronounced Gren-itch (as in the consequences of poison ivy) not Green-wich as one might expect. (And we wonder why foreigners have a hard time learning this language! We Yanks can’t even keep up with it!)) So anyway, I take it you’re the best broccoli soup maker in England, France and Algeria!

  3. frogiggie89 said,

    on October 27th, 2005 at 4:46 pm


    I am like totally regretful to say that I am working on my 4th bowl in the last 2 hours…I think she got it out of a can because it is GOOD. But then, she still heated it up w/o burning it…OK, who made this soup?! I waasss gone when it was made, therefore, there is no proof that momsie made it.

  4. iluvtheland said,

    on October 27th, 2005 at 4:55 pm

    All this talk…do we get a recipe?

    We need to field test this soup to see if it truly does measure up to all of your claims! LOL Honestly, I would love the recipe because I am a connoiseur of fine broccoli soup! Now if I could only get Jay’s hamster recipe I could have soup and a sandwich?

    Yikes! Can’t believe I even suggested that!!!!


  5. CoffeeAndAMuffin said,

    on October 27th, 2005 at 5:33 pm

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    And so of course you share the recipe!

  6. JenIG said,

    on October 27th, 2005 at 5:48 pm

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    what a little scoundrel that Coie Igarashi is. I mean, honestly. This only makes me more resolved in my catolog wedding plans for her.

    Ok; here is the recipe: water, a billion chicken boullion cubes, a ton of chopped brocolli, chopped fresh onions, dried onion pieces that I bought in a big old tub at Sams Club, a bunch of milk, a bunch of flour mixed with milk, a block of cheese and voilla! the best soup known to man, woman and child. And don’t ask me how much of what. I didn’t measure anything (like i normally do it), i just threw it all into the biggest pot i had and I lucked out.

  7. tnschaffer said,

    on October 27th, 2005 at 6:36 pm


    But you have NEVER had Chocolate goat milk. I’ll just say we go through aprroximately 752.3 gallons goat milk per week here in my household. Yes, Dalyn’s goats are from great bloodlines, thus the millions of gallons they produce. I bet if you had some you’d never want to eat (er um drink, but its very thick so it could kinda be considered a cold soup or something, yet I digress) anything else for the rest of yer life.

    Anywhooo….I’m sure your soup turned out stupendous. I’ll have to try that recipe sometime, I know those measurements quite well, that’s exactly how I cook. Not a pinch of this or a dash of that. It’s like a heap of this and a honk-load of that.


  8. HappyApple said,

    on October 27th, 2005 at 6:50 pm

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    Oooh yummy! That soup sounds great! I’ll have to give it a shot as I too enjoy a good broccoli soup. I don’t think I can blow up broccoli…

    I do admit that it was quite fun to see that jalapeno explode!

    Did you happen to use Velveeta cheese in it?? (I know your sister has a thing for Velveeta…and yes, I tried her tortilla soup with velveeta in it and it was rather tasty. I guess I should try your soup now to make it even, huh?)

    (I should put the faux rum balls away because I’m starting to ramble…) *snort*


  9. MamaBugs said,

    on October 27th, 2005 at 7:10 pm

    Okay…so where's the recipe?

    You hafta post it if you’re gonna brag. It’s blogging rules!

  10. KarenW said,

    on October 27th, 2005 at 7:42 pm

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    Sounds delicious! Don’t let anyone give you a hard time over burning steamed broccoli, I’ve done worse than that. I’ll have to blog about it some day.

  11. MaggieHogan said,

    on October 27th, 2005 at 7:43 pm

    I always wondered –

    who made the best brocolii soup in Algeria . . . thanks Jay for pointing out JenIg’s most wierd geographical statement. Saved me from having to gently chide her yet again for being so LOST!!! (I am so hoping she wins my contest so I can send her an atlas.It would be a kind thing to do.) However, I did send her a REALLY FUNNY AND AWESOME kids geography book and yet she still is obviously CONFUSED! But I digress. . . .

    I made brocolllli soup once. It was good. I’m sure yours was gooder. There – do you feel better now? (And Coie, it is soooooo possible to burn brocccccoli, I burnt a whole heapin bunch of it once by leaving it to cook while I went off to church and forgot to come home and boy am i telling you there is NOTHING like the smell of an entire household filled with burnt brrrroccolli fumes and I have never attempted to cook that much *B* at one time again so soup is out. Guess I’ll have to come try some of your moms instead.

    And my drop-dead-non-welding-business-suit-wearing husband loved dinner last night. Oh wait. I forgot to cook any last night. Well, he loved tonight’s. So there.

    PS – how do you spell brocollli?

  12. Jammie said,

    on October 27th, 2005 at 8:01 pm

    Soup Slurping

    Must be a super soup slurping day – we just had a close runner up in the soup category with slightly more “measurable” ingredients – Chunky Cream of Tomato with Zucchini and (say) CHEEESE! Nothing gets on my table without a heaping of cheese…well, I guess not breakfast cereal. Is geo still slurping his down? Did coie get the last lip smackin’ slurpp?

    Now that size 4 tennensensenseean shrinkage thing you mentioned on my blahg – sounds REAL GOOD!

    BTW JenIg in TENNESSESSESSTNNESSEESSSEE how do you not get handcramps typing that state of yours? I’ll never know…~Jen-

  13. drewsfamilytx said,

    on October 27th, 2005 at 9:08 pm

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    I think I might have to try making your broccoli soup…although if ya don’t give measurements and details like the type of cheese, then you can’t get upset when I claim the recipe for my own and win like a bzillion dollars in some soup cook-off on Food Network!

    Oh and Jen, I had always just assumed you were a good cook. I mean, you can’t be a bad cook and get away with making that many chocolate-vanilla cakes while Geo was gone. I mean, even if you were a terrible cook why would you bother to then eat all your terrible cookeries? So therefore and thereby you must be a rather good cook after all… And to prove it, you can cook for me sometime and I will post for all to see a true and honest review of your culinary skills. Now that is a true friend, I know!


  14. Anonymous said,

    on October 27th, 2005 at 9:20 pm

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    Ok, so i have to admit I've been spending much too much time here on your blog today. So I head over to check out your homestead friends to see whom I haven't added to my friendly list yet. So I notice a new name there and I'm like, wow that looks familiar. Oh Ok I see. It was moi. So I am wondering how on earthlings my name popped up there. Wowo wierd. So I am buying and moving in to a homesteadish type place, but I didn't know I "qualified" already. Wow, I feel soooOhOhOhooo cool.

    So then you know I'll probably leave this silly comment and then go back to your friendly list and notice my name not there.

    Edited by tnschaffer on Oct. 27, 2005 at 7:20 PM

  15. Boltbabe said,

    on October 27th, 2005 at 10:27 pm


    Is there fine print to this claim? Me thinks you just can’t take the ribbing from informative Coie. =)

  16. julie said,

    on October 27th, 2005 at 10:34 pm

    Coie — go check….

    I think Coie ought to go check the garbage for some hidden open cans of broccoli soup…this sounds too good to be true… ha ha

  17. esperanzavallero said,

    on October 28th, 2005 at 12:44 am


    Thanks for making me L.O.L. in the midst of lots of stress and decisions.



  18. mamaduso said,

    on October 28th, 2005 at 1:21 am

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    You crack me up! When I need a great laugh I will just come to your house/blog. Good thing you don’t live near me. By the way- do you think that some old Costco bag of brocolli that kind of stinks and I have to cut all the green, I mean really green stuff off would work just as well? My soup today flopped. I tried sweet potatoes and ham in the crock pot with some chicken broth. Not good- better stick with white potatoes and ham. Oh Ya- I never measure cheese. All recipes are short on the cheese so I make up for it.


  19. carleyross said,

    on October 28th, 2005 at 7:41 am

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    ” Jenefer Igarashi is the best brocolli soup cooker in all of the West-Eastern hemisphere”. I believe you. Really I do. :0) So, where exactly IS Tennessee in the West-Eastern hemisphere? Is NC still near it, ’cause I’m coming over.

  20. Anonymous said,

    on October 28th, 2005 at 7:57 am

    falling on the FLOOR laughing!

    oh my….i know i need to send you my famous lasagna…not that you couldn't make your own, really!

    BTW, is this why the fall edition of TOS isn't in my mail yet??? all these science…errr, cooking experiments???

    Edited by hippiechyck on Oct. 28, 2005 at 6:01 AM

  21. luckyslady said,

    on October 28th, 2005 at 10:36 am

    TOS Magazine in the Mail

    TOS Customer Service Manager here!

    I just wanted to let everyone know that the Fall issue should be in homes by November 5th. It is already in the mail.

  22. Sandlappersue said,

    on October 29th, 2005 at 6:57 am

    Good Going!

    I think that the Tennessee air automatically makes anyone be a great cook. You could be on to something here. Keep it up!


  23. lazearbeam said,

    on October 29th, 2005 at 10:29 pm

    I cook like that, too…

    “Not a pinch of this or a dash of that. It’s like a heap of this and a honk-load of that. ”

    How else can you cook with a large family? They would starve to death with pinches and dashes. My goodness my shrunk-down family of now 3 children (all the older ones got big and left) are hungry all the time as it is and eat us out of house and home if they could and it is something they think they like. It is amazing how much they don’t eat when it is something they don’t like! Anyway, it takes some food to feed them – heaps and loads.

    Hey, I made some really good French Onion Soup last night. I was so happy with how it turned out even though I almost burnt the butter while talking to a friend. It actually ended up giving it some brown color since I forgot to get some boullion at the grocery store earlier. So it was just butter, onions, garlic and salt plus onion powder and garlic powder. (Oops! and Water!) I cooked a lot of the onions until they were turning brown, too, but did NOT burn them (sometimes I forget to check them) and it was the bestest onion soup I have made. I also made the french bread into onion-garlic bread before putting it on the soup before the swiss cheese and that made it even better. Just ask my family (except the 2 youngest who decided they did not like all those onions and ate the cheese off the top and some of the bread before they decided they weren’t hungry). But a while later they sure were hungry for ice cream. Go figure!

    Love and shalom,


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