SOUP!!! The Saloon Edition

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  1. deverrant

    deverrant VIP Extreme Gold

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    Well, it's my grandmother's 80th birthday party tomorrow, so I am contributing her favorite soup: Italian Wedding Soup. I took off work today to do it.

    Here I will share my process, and keep you posted on my progress.

    It will be delicious.
     
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    Add a maxi pad to it.
     
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    I started out with the holy trinity: carrots, celery and onion.

    I used about three carrot sticks, grated and then finely chopped (I don't like too much carrot in my wedding soup and I don't like big pieces).
    I used 4-5 celery stalks, being sure to include the leaves, which are very flavorful.
    I chopped up almost a whole large onion.

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    I started them sauteeing in a hot pot with some fresh black pepper sprinkled on.

    Next I added two large (beef) soup bones and 6 chicken thighs.
    I topped those with some pepper as well.

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    Then I top if off with liquid until the pot is about 2/3 full. It's mostly water, but I do cheat and add a little store-bought chicken broth, just to speed up the process and add salt.

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    OH! I almost forgot this very important step...

    Before you even get started, put on some music!

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    I have chosen Reggae, but feel free to substitute the music of your choice. This will not affect how the soup comes out.
    ...unless it's Country. That will make your soup suck.
     
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    I turned the burner on high to get it boiling. I'll then reduce it to a simmer, cover it only partially, and let it do its thing for the next few hours.

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    I now realize I haven't eaten all day. I make a peanut butter sandwich.

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    big soup fan here
     
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    OKAY... while the stock is simmering away, I make the meatballs. I'm using 2lbs of ground beef, which I have not seasoned except for a little pepper.
    I also add an egg to help them stick together.

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    After mixing the meat by hand, it's time to form it into bite-sized balls. About the size of an acorn, maybe a little bigger.
    I recruit some help for this step...

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    Consistency is not terribly important, and here's where I get all sentimental...
    The little inconsistencies are some of the beauty of home-made soup (or anything home-made really). And Wedding Soup is BEST when it's made from scratch, by hand with methods and ingredients that vary family to family. I don't have a recipe; I just do what my grandmother did, which is what her mother did... which is another beautiful thing.
     
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    OMG, me too. It's like my favorite fucking thing EVA!!!
     
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    When the meatballs are done I cover them and put them in the refrigerator. A couple hours of chilling will help them hold together once they're added.

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    At this point I check my stock to make sure it's at a simmer/slow boil. I have it partially-covered and it's at medium-low heat.

    Now the next important step...
    I make myself a beverage.

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    I just tasted my broth and it's coming along nicely!

    I added a little salt.

    I think I'll go take a shower while it continues to develop.
    I'll probably make another drink, too.
     
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    you dont brown the meatballs?
     
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    That's my 2nd favorite soup. My favorite is my dad's homemade turkey soup. :buffet:
     
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    nope.

    My first is a toss-up between this and any kind of seafood bisque. It's hard to beat a good bisque.

    ...and yes, I mentioned the bisque.
     
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    WTF is a beef soup bone?
     
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    Okay, so I took a shower. I also waxed my eyebrows.

    I just checked on the stock and it's looking good. It's really deepened in color and has reduced some.
    I think I forgot to mention that I also threw in three chicken drumsticks a while ago. When I realized how much the thighs had shrunk, I thought it would need more meat. Plus the thighs are not bone-in so I wanted some extra bone/marrow flavor.

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    I made myself another drink. I showed it to my dog, thinking that he'd be quite excited.
    He doesn't seem to care.

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    REALLY??

    Okay, it's a piece of beef bone, usually a knuckle or femur segment. It's filled with marrow and usually has skin, fat and maybe a little random meat hanging off of it. They're used to make stock, as they're rich in flavor.

    Here are some beef soup bones. They're presented with some lovely garnishes, but that doesn't really make them any less gross-looking:

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