Stone Soup Smack Down!
Does the story of Stone Soup ring a bell? It may, I remember the story from when I was a child. It is about a traveler who came into a village. He had nothing to eat and asked several people for food, but they had no food to spare. He realized that no one was going to give him anything so instead, he built a fire and put a pot of water on to simmer. In the pot, he added a stone. A villager came by and asked what he was making and the traveler said Stone Soup. The villager asked if carrots would be good in stone soup and the traveler said yes and carrots were added. Another villager came by and asked if potatoes would taste good and again, the answer was yes. As interest grew, so did the soup and in the end all of the villagers combined their ingredients to make a delicious soup to share and there was food for everyone! It’s a great story and a good reminder for us all.
Well, last weekend, I competed in a Stone Soup Smack Down Competition. The hosts of the event were Bill & Susan Dakazaku – in the spirit of Stone Soup, this event centered around the food, but proceeds benefited Heifer International and the Sunrise Ministry Food Drive.
When I got the invite I checked the schedule and thought…how could I not compete? The first thing I did was look at my list of soups and narrow it down. The four soups I decided to “taste test” were Zucchini Parmesan, Chicken Tortilla, Cheeseburger and Bad Boyz Black Bean. All great soups, All kinds of different foods too – Vegan, vegetarian, chicken and beef. What a choice, how to decide?? Well a taste testing would do the trick! My brother was in town, I had a couple of different judges, perfect!
It came down to the Black Bean and Cheeseburger Soup and unanimously, the Cheeseburger won!
Saturday morning I did my grocery shopping and started making soup. I made 3 batches of soup and cut up all the fixings – lettuce, tomato, onions, grated cheddar cheese, lots of bacon bits and pickles (yes pickles go on this soup!). Sunday morning I got up bright and early, packed the cooler and drove 150 miles to the competition!
I set up my booth, including some business cards and a flyer with the recipe. There were seven soups competing, a Vegetable Barley Soup by Thyme is Precious – got second place and a Hot Sour Soup From Spank Your Pallet was a close third. In addition there was Clam Chowder, Chicken Orzo, Pumpkin Curry and more! So many soups – what a delicious afternoon!
In the end, Cheeseburger Soup was the winner! I was so excited and humbled that the soup was enjoyed by so many and voted number one! It’s a simple soup to make, you can make it ahead and it’s even better the next day. But when you make it…..MAKE SURE you serve it with all the fix-in’s – including pickles! You’ll have to talk some folks into trying it, but once they do….you’ll be number one too!
For the complete recipe for Mushroom Bacon Cheeseburger Soup – click here