As Jeff and I were driving into town today, we were driving through thick rain. The snow has moved down off of the mountains and was even along the side of the road as we headed down the east side of Curlew Lake to Republic. It's chilly enough to go back home and have some more of the awesome soup we had for dinner last night and to warm up the house with some of the fine wood we split in our wood stove.
The recipe is so easy that I thought to myself it would be a really good one to share with the rest of the Wood Rats!
Here's our first recipe for our Wood Rat Cookbook.
Autumn Harvest Soup
aka Everything but the Kitchen Sink Soup
1 pound of hamburger (also would be good with Venison, Moose, or Elk)
1 TBSP butter (I use non-salted butter)
1 med onion - diced
2 carrots - diced
2 celery stalks - diced
4 fresh tomatoes - diced
1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
2 - 4 med potatoes - diced
3 - 4 cups hot water
1 TBSP fresh or dried basil
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp Black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder (fresh would be good too)
2 bay leaves
Instructions: Brown the meat with the butter and onion. Throw in the carrots, celery, peas, potatoes, and tomatoes. Add the water and then the spices. Cover and cook for 30 minutes, and serve.
A great addition to this meal would be some baking powder biscuits or french bread.
You can pick and choose what you want to put into this type of soup. The sky's the limit. I hope you all try it and enjoy it!
Lori - WR 13