Cooler weather has finally arrived, yes, even in my little corner of the world known as the Lowcountry of South Carolina. I’m finally in the mood for soups, stews, and chilis. I thought I would put together a round up of all of the warm and hearty, soup goodness that is already available here on Home-Ec101.com. I’d also love for you to take a moment and comment with a link to your favorite soup, stew, or chili recipe. Just be sure to only leave one link per comment or it’ll get kicked into the spam filter. Sorry, but without that, the crazy spambots -those are automated programs that try to take advantage of sites like this one- would have a field day.
Here we go:
Truth be told, though? The one soup I make more often than any other really doesn’t have a recipe I can link to.
It’s a technique that I have referred to in the past as Mustgo or Garbage Soup. It sounds terrible, but it’s also the one soup I get asked to make more often than any other. The sad thing is, that the Mustgo Soup is always a one off. You see, you make Mustgo or Garbage soup from whatever happens to be in the refrigerator that must be used up or tossed.
So it’s always a mishmash of vegetables on the verge, leftover meats, usually chicken or beef stock, and herbs and seasonings that complement the seasonings used to prepare the meat. While I find it easy to cook intuitively, it does take a little bit of practice. You have to learn through trial and error and I don’t recommend going too nuts with the flavor combinations in the beginning. While writing this out, I had an idea. I think I ought to explore different flavor families, as an example, what herbs and spices are usually found in Tex Mex cuisine, so you know which ones to reach for when your Mustgo soup is taking advantage of a little leftover taco meat -does that actually ever happen?
Or if your Mustgo soup has leftover pot roast, what herbs and seasonings should you reach for. . .
Would you be interested in a series like this?
Are you adventurous enough to experiment with the Mustgo Soup concept? Have you before? How did it turn out?