It doesn’t matter how many tiny pieces of circuitry, alternative fuel sources, or flying innovations the human race churns out, mankind will never create anything more ingenious than that which is the inspiring and most blessed bowl of homemade soup!
When you were a kid, you instinctively knew how to make soup. Sure, you made it with dirt, rocks, berries, leaves and water from the hose, but hey! You did it. Real soup is doing the same thing except instead of the contents of your yard, you use the contents of your kitchen. Yet, when was the last time you went to someone’s house and they said, “Come on in, can I fix you a bowl of the soup I just made?”
Of course there are varying levels of soup making difficulty, but it can start as simply as this: beef, chicken or onion soup bouillon, a clove of garlic and your vegetable drawer. Got some meat in the drawer? Even better!
On Christmas and Thanksgiving you should never let a turkey carcass enter your trash before you have made a soup out of it. Crack that thing up and dump it in a pot of water. There is enough meat and flavor on that carved up thing to make a lot of soup! A couple tablespoons of chicken bouillon, some spices, a bunch of chopped vegetables and a quarter cup of rice, and you have soup for days!
I really do mean days! The pot of turkey, vegetable and rice soup at the top there is the last quart of what I made from our Christmas bird. I ate a quart of it in December, put the other 3-quarts in three separate Chinese soup “to go” containers, and shoved ’em in the freezer for later.
Many call soup a comfort food. It’s a happy food. There are two things about it that make me a little upset though. 1) I don’t understand why it is that “homemade soup” goes away sometime in February. People will tell you that it’s because the weather gets warmer, but that’s B.S., because I don’t have any trouble finding chili or hot buffalos wings in March. 2) Why does it cost $5 or more per bowl in a restaurant? I pay it every time, but it makes me angry that they charge so much when, aside from the cost of the turkey (because it was repurposed so it doesn’t count), this soup probably averaged out to about $0.80 per bowl, and it was as good as anything I can get with a sandwich for $4.99.
(See you Tuesday night for National Fettuccini Alfredo Day!)