You're gonna love this!! This will warm you up in no time. It's great for any time, though, not just in the winter. I like to serve a loaf of extra-sour rye bread, uncut and we just pull pieces off and butter it. Talk about rustic! You can use beef broth, chicken, or vegetable broth or a combo of all. I don't recommened water, but if you do use it, I'd go a little heavy on the seasonings. MMMMMMMMMMM!