Growing up, soups were either from a can or were tasteless, anemic broths with little substance. Hence, I developed a dislike for soups and avoided making them. I've always liked hearty stews and chowders, though, so I've made those. Lately, though, I've been dabbling more and more in making soups and they're not as bad as I used to think!
I've learned to start with a good, hearty stock. Growing up during the "fat free" craze of the 90's, I remember my dear mother boiling boneless, skinless chicken breasts and lamenting at the lack of flavor and color in the broth. Now, we have Nourishing Traditions smarts and we know to use skin, bones, meat, feet, hocks and gizzards to create a hearty, extremely healthy stock.
I've also learned to use herbs. I love herbs. I have an herb garden. I have an entire shelf in a kitchen cabinet dedicated to herbs. Herbs add to the flavor and health of the stock.
I've also learned to use more stock than water. Don't water down a stock any more than you absolutely need to.
I've also learned to use other additions such as balsamic vinegar, cooking wines or tomato products.
Tonight, I'm making a beef barley vegetable soup.
What's your favorite soup? Could you share the recipe with me?