Fall brings many feels–sights and sounds. Fall also brings many tastes and smells. Fall, in our house is soup season. We get excited for fall soup season and welcome it home!
I make all kinds of soup in the fall. I use old recipes, try new recipes and I also invent a fall soup of my own.
I like to cook most of the time, but there are days, I don’t. Sometimes on the days I don’t want to cook, I get creative. This usually gets me in the mood to chop and stir.
Creativity in the kitchen is a good thing.
Stone Soup, a classic picture book, was first published in 1947. The book has remained one of Marcia Brown’s most popular books she wrote. I read this book to my three children many times when they were little.
The book tells a story about three hungry soldiers who beg for food but denied. They outwit the greedy village people into providing them with a feast. If you haven’t read it-do–it is a great read.
I make my own version of Stone Soup. My fall soup doesn’t start with a rock, but it is almost always a surprise and it is always good.
I start off with a protein, either ground chicken or ground beef. You could make it vegetarian by excluding the protein.
The soup is built around the protein and the mood I am in.
“A rich man’s soup – and all from a few stones. It seemed like magic!” -Marcia Brown, Stone Soup
Do I want Mexican flavors, Asian or Italian? Or maybe a comforting home-style type of soup?
Tonight, I made a Chicken Taco Soup.
I open my pantry and decide what I will throw in my fall soup. What will I throw in my Stone Soup?
Today, I find Rotel tomatoes, green enchilada sauce, taco seasoning (sometimes I make my own), can of corn, and can of pinto beans (I usually use black beans) and noodles.
The soup always starts out the same:
- olive oil
- one onion finely chopped
- coarse sea salt and pepper
- and matchstick carrots
I sauté these ingredients in a big pot.
Here is where I get creative. Here is where it could go any direction. Here is where I would add tomato sauce for Italian and Italian seasoning, and fresh basil (and leave out the black beans and corn). Or Asian, and I add Hoisin Sauce, soy sauce and ginger, or home-style and it becomes more of a stew and I add fresh vegetables.
Remember to garnish your soup! The Chicken Taco Soup gets garnished with cilantro, pico de gallo, sour cream, green onions and an avocado. And then I loud it up with hot sauce!
You could go any direction, add what you want and make your own Stone Soup!
This is Day Twenty-Six of my #write31days. I am so close to the end!! Eek!!
I hope for you warm fall night, homemade fall soup and a good read.
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