Leaves will soon be swirling around in splashes of golden yellow, sunburst red, and candied orange in the brisk autumn air. It brings to my mind the colorful palette of squash, carrots, tomatoes, and zucchini in a hearty bowl of vegetable soup. Can you picture this pot of soup as a canvas where you can “paint” with your selection of favorite vegetables, meats, herbs, and spices? How about the flavor and texture? It can be savory, spicy, sweet, tangy, smoky or even sweet and sour at the same time. Do you like it steamy hot or refreshingly cold? Like it in a light broth, or creamy as in a chowder? Similar to an artist, your creative strokes in ingredients, flavors, and texture are limitless.