Soups On!

We all love soup, don’t we? Every country in the world has soup recipes and traditions from long ago.
It’s no surprise that soup is likely the oldest form of food along with bread. Everyone has a favorite soup and January is noted as National Soup Month. Just what is soup and where did it come from, who thought of celebrating an entire month of soup?

According to foodtimeline.com soups date back to around 10,000bc. Soup evolved based on local ingredients and tastes. New England chowder, Spanish gazpacho, Russian borscht, Italian minestrone, French onion, Chinese won ton and Campbell’s tomato…are all variations on local taste and agriculture.

History also tells us soup was originally ‘sop’ from sopping up the plate. As time went by what was once necessity became the focus and soups & stews were now the center of a dish. No longer simply sopping up the excess, bread also became a thickener.

So, that brings us to National Soup Month. In our ever commercial world one would think perhaps Campbell’s Soup Co or similar might be responsible using it as marketing campaign; seems not. Research turned up nothing about official proclamations either. Yet, here it is.

In our world of the Internet one finds loads of resources from good ol’ Chicken soup to a spicy Pasole. What is your favorite?
We’re sharing one of ours… Cheesburger soup! Check it out on the Tasty Tidbits tab and lets us know if you like it. And this weekend on the Urban Taste tour we’ll include soup as one of the four taste stops. Come & join us… the soups on! Tickets required @ Brown Paper Tickets.com

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