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Soup Stories: Sweet Annie's Butternut Squash Bisque

Mary Kay’s mom is the feature of this fabulous fall time gourmet treat. Annie had a ‘special’ birthday in 2012 and so we wanted to honor her with this special soup.
Annie is always doing something special and sweet for someone, so we thought it appropriate that we called it Sweet Annie—since that describes her so well. A special Happy Birthday honor to a sweet birthday girl!

Soup Stories: Aunt Henna Marie's Potato and Cheese

Aunt Henna Marie with her dad and Cooke Tavern Soups owner, Greg Williams. Taken on her adoption day at PAWS on Father’s Day 2009.

The Muddy Paws Marsh needed a new guardian after we lost our beloved dog Max after almost sixteen years. A good friend Liz, who volunteers for PAWS, a rescue shelter in State College PA, sent us a picture of Henna Marie. We couldn’t resist the wonderful similarity to Max, and felt it was ‘meant to be’. She is happily the new Muddy Paws Marsh protector so we felt she needed her own soup named after her!


Soup Stories: Colonel Maxwells Minestrone

The funny story behind naming this soup was that we allowed our wonderful dog Max to have a taste of our Minestrone recipe and one of our competitors’ Minestrone recipes. He sniffed the competitor’s soup, ignored it and went over to joyfully eat the Cooke Tavern Soup’s final creation. How could we not name it after him?

Max also inspired the creation and naming of our Wetlands Educational Center on site, Muddy Paws Marsh Wetlands Educational Center.

Colonel Maxwell and his Mom, Mary Kay Williams

Soup Stories: Mi Madre's Chicken Tortilla

Mary Ellen Williams, the inspiration for Mi Madre's Chicken Tortilla

When Mary Ellen Williams and her friend retired in 1991, they created Log Cabin Soups . They built a very successful soup business, but decided they wanted to retire for a second time! Mary Ellen’s son, Greg wanted to carry on the family tradition, so he bought the business from his mom in 2000 and renamed it after the historic Cooke Tavern.

Mary Ellen continues to put her wonderful culinary skills to practice, as she still creates and perfects all the recipes offered by Cooke Tavern Soups. Because of her wonderful talents and loving dedication to Cooke Tavern Soups, Greg wanted to honor his mom and name a soup after her. Thanks Madre!

TODAY Show Guest Chef Warms up to Cooke Tavern Soups

Spring Mills, PA – November 14th, 2008 Cooke Tavern Ltd. a producer of gourmet freeze dried soup mixes was featured on NBC’s Today Show November 11th in a segment titled, ‘What’s New in the Food World’.

Renowned Italian chef Giada De Laurentiis chose Cooke Tavern Soups as one of her favorite picks from the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center November 8-9 in Washington D.C.

De Laurentiis, whose recipes are featured on The Food Network’s Everyday Italian and Giada’s Weekend Getaways, picked two gourmet food products from the two hundred twenty-five vendors that attended the show. While describing Cooke Tavern Soups, De Laurentiis said, “These soups are fantastic. Know what I love? You can add your own ingredients to it and you’ve made your own soup.”

These exemplary mixes do not contain any salt, preservatives, or MSG, offering consumers a healthy choice. Designed for busy people who want to create and serve a great homemade soup without the fuss of starting from scratch, De Laurentiis said, “They (soup mixes) give you additional ideas of ingredients to add to make them special.”

The soup mixes are available on-line as well as in many gourmet food and specialty gift shops. Storeowners appreciate selling these mixes as they create a loyal customer following by offering consumers an opportunity to make homemade, healthy, and ‘goof proof’ recipes.

View the original Today Show video here.

Muddy Paws Wetland Education Center

The Cooke Tavern is situated on 40 acres. When the property was purchased in 1991, it was a mowed field that was once a wetland that was drained circa 1950, so that the land could be used for agriculture.

Wetlands restoration began in 2004 when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with Ducks Unlimited worked collaboratively to restore the Wetlands habitat through the Partners for Wildlife program. In the fall of 2007, the center officially opened with the completion of a boardwalk.

Read more: Muddy Paws Wetland Education Center



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