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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.1 January 2009

Cover Story by Alfie Kohn
It’s Not What We Teach;
It’s What They Learn
"I taught a good lesson even though the students didn't learn it,” makes no more sense than "I had a big dinner even though I didn't eat anything.”

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
The Sounds of Students
Learning and Performing

»Six Easy Resolutions for 2009Sue Gruber
»Learning the Value of DiversityLeah Davies
»Flash Nebula is in the house! Will standardized tests detect him?Todd R. Nelson
»Teaching is an art, not a science.Marvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac
»Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman
»5 Ways to Activate Your Natural Teacher CoachKioni Carter
»Global Travel GuruJosette Bonafino

»PRINTABLE 2009 Multilingual, Multinational Calendar Tim Newlin
»Thoughts on the Use of Failure as a Teaching Technique Bill Page
»Traits of a Good TeacherAlan Haskvitz
»January 2009 Writing PromptsJames Wayne
»Let's Get Started with SmartboardMarjan Glavac
»Using Photographs To Inspire Writing IIIHank Kellner
»Phonemic Awareness: Letting The Horse Pull The CartGrace Vyduna Haskins
»Reading Strategies: Teaching Students to VisualizeLisa Frase
»Teaching the Alphabet to Diverse LearnersHeidi Butkus
»The Metaphor Of Collaboration - What's missing from group work?Ambreen Ahmed
»A Taste of InspirationSteven Kushner
»Activities & Games for Foreign and First Language ClassesRebecca Klamert
»Four Years of High School Math and Science Should be a National PolicyStewart Brekke

»Apple Seeds: Inspiring QuotesBarb Stutesman
»Today Is... Daily CommemorationRon Victoria
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Some Rooms
»Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids
»Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities: January 2009
»January Lesson Plans Especially for Preschool, Kindergarten & Early Primary
»Video Bytes: Dr. Martin Luther King, One Minute “I have a dream” speech by Daniel Stringer, Crystal Photography – Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, FDR Fireside Chat on the Banking Crisis – March 1933, President Elect Barack Obama Reassures Americans – Thanksgiving 2008, T-Netter ron nj aka “Man of Steel” plays Sleepwalk, Big Dog Robot
»Live on Teachers.Net: January 2009
»T-Net chefs share their favorite warm-up-winter recipes
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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T-Net chefs share their favorite warm-up-winter recipes: Mother Magoo’s Hamburger Veggie Soup; Black Bean Pumpkin Soup; Waldorf Salad; Danish Banana Bread Muffins. Enjoy!

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January 1, 2009

Mother Magoo's Yummy Homemade Hamburger Veggie Soup
Posted by Magoo on the Teachers Chatboard, with variations by other T-Netter cooks!

This is so easy it's nearly sinful.

Cook it in a big pot--I use one that holds 5 or 5 1/2 qts. You can ladle it into freezer containers for use all winter.

2 lbs. or so of hamburger. I get the really good stuff, very lean.
Brown this in skillet, drain, set aside. (I usually dump some oregano in it while it's browning.)

  • 1 reg. size can green beans (for these, get the good ones,
  • 1 reg. size can corn not store brands, and drain)
  • 1 small can peas
  • (Don't get store brands for the canned veggies, get the good ones--Green Giant or DelMonte or whatever. And you do drain these. Sometimes I hold on to the liquid in case I want to use it to make the soup soupier instead of using more tomato juice.)

  • 1 large can tomato JUICE (that really big honker that takes 2 hands to hold. (Or use V-8 for spicier taste )
  • 1-2 reg. size cans diced tomatoes (depends on how much you want--don't drain this)
  • A couple of stalks of celery, cut up small
  • These next two items I steam while building the rest of the soup, and then put them in:

  • Several fresh carrots, cut up small
  • Several red spuds, cut up small

Put everything into the big pot, on lowest heat, with a lid on it, and simmer for awhile...maybe 40 min. You mostly just want to get things heated up.

Now, if you like your soup really soupy, add more tomato juice till you get it the way you want it.

We have this for lunch or supper, with some sourdough bread and fruit, sometimes a small green salad. We don't get tired of it till about March and then about this time of year we want it again. :) I end up making several pots over the winter.

Hubs hates peas so I only use the small can of them and he picks them out before dining and puts them back in the pot! I don't think I've ever made this the same way kind of have to go with what you like.

Hope this works for you!

Discussion about Magoo's Soup...

Posted by wig
What I love about this soup is its versatility. Sometimes I will throw in a can of Campbell’s Tomato Soup to add a little creaminess. French Onion Soup along with the Tomato juice also makes for a nice flavor. If you are really in a hurry, a bag of frozen mixed vegetable works great.

Posted by jennyi
I used to make this all the time, and LOVED it. Like you, I just made it up as I went along. I would put the carrot slices right in the soup and let them cook then. Sometimes I'd use tomato paste. DH had to add to it and would sometimes put a little thickening in it before serving, plus at times he would add pasta. I liked it best without pasta or thickening myself.

Posted by Paulie
Yum! I hate canned peas also but I love frozen peas. When the soup is done, I would add up to a couple cups of frozen peas and they will "cook" from the hot soup surrounding them.

Posted by Tizzy
Magoo, sounds as if we make the same soup. I do add a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce... and sometimes a handful of barley.

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