by Nyx Sinard and Hannah Dickson
National Soup Month takes place in the month of January. Soup dates back all the way to 20,000 B.C. Since they did not have stoves back then, they used heated rocks to heat their bowls of broth.
The word soup was originally a French word, soupe, that meant soup or broth. Also, restaurant is a French word, which referred to inexpensive soup sold by street vendors. In 1765 the first soup shop opened.
Later, in 1897, Dr. John T. Dorrance invented condensed soup. This allowed soup to be sold in smaller cans and sold at a lower price. Condensed soup is simple to make–just add water!
So, why soup? Soup is a known comforting food. It warms you up on those cold, wet winter days. Soup is also the common man’s food, but it can make you feel like you are eating like a king.
For Nation Soup Month we made easy chicken soup. Here’s how:
- Chop 1 onion, 1 celery stalk, 2 carrots, 1 TBS thyme and saute in butter until tender, seasoning with salt and pepper
- Add 6 cups chicken broth and simmer 20 minutes
- Add 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
- Add 3/4 cup mixed chopped dill and rosemary, and a splash of lemon juice