Tuesday, September 16, 2014 · 7:29 p.m.
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We might as well face it: Winter will be here before we know it. Personally, I don't like thinking about it, but it will soon be our reality. Truth is, when daylight saving time rolls around, I immediately start preparing for winter. Yes, I'm aware it's still autumn; but with the cooler nights, I've got winter on the brain. To be honest, I'm ready for summer again. The one (and probably the only) thing I like about winter is discovering new winter-themed recipes that are comforting and warm during those cold days and nights.

I remember my parents making soups and stews during the winter when I was young. Even though they were very tasty, I remember always thinking that it was too time-consuming, and I was definitely not interested in learning how to make any type of soup. Now that I've come to my senses as an adult, I actually enjoy learning and attempting to cook different types of soups. I haven't accomplished that many (I usually find one soup recipe and stick to it), but I'm excited to experiment with more soups this winter. Because I love all of you, I've scoured (I use this word very loosely) the Internet to discover what I believe to be five delicious soups that you should probably make this winter.

Chunky turkey and vegetable soup
Leave it Martha Stewart to give us a flavorful and comforting soup recipe. I promise this recipe won't be rough on your wallet or take up too much time in the kitchen.

Chunky turkey and veggie soup. (Photo: MarthaStewart.com)

Chicken soup with parsley dumplings
Chicken and dumplings was always a favorite of mine growing up. I don't eat it enough now, but I'm thinking this updated version with parsley dumplings sounds delicious.

Chicken soup with parsley dumplings. (Photo: Whole Living)

Creamy spicy corn chowder with chicken
It's winter (well, almost) and in my opinion, you have to have a spicy soup on your list for the season—if you can handle it.

Creamy spicy corn chowder with chicken. (Photo: Food Network)

Creole vegetable soup
Creole anything is delicious, so why wouldn't a Creole-themed soup be just as tasty? Must try now!

Creole veggie soup. (Photo: The Atlantic)

Cheesy vegetable chowder
OK, one of my favorite soups is the broccoli cheddar soup at Panera Bread, seriously. There's just something about a warm, cheesy soup that makes my soul happy. Save some money and make this version!

Cheesy vegetable chowder. (Photo: MyRecipes.com)

Do you have a soup that's a must-try for winter? Please share!

Shawanda Mason is the creator and blogger of Eat.Drink.Frolic. For recipe questions or to chat about eating, drinking or frolicking, she can be reached at eatdrinkfrolic@gmail.com or by following her on Twitter or Instagram. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.

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