Unventing Soup

Beautiful Soup

BEAUTIFUL Soup, so rich and green,

Waiting in a hot tureen!

Who for such dainties would not stoop?

Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!

Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!

Beau--ootiful Soo-oop! Beau--ootiful Soo-oop!

Soo--oop of the e--e--evening,

Beautiful, beautiful Soup!

Beautiful Soup! Who cares for fish,

Game, or any other dish?

Who would not give all else for two

Pennyworth only of Beautiful Soup?

Pennyworth only of beautiful Soup?

Beau--ootiful Soo-oop! Beau--ootiful Soo-oop!

Soo--oop of the e--e--evening,

Beautiful, beauti--FUL SOUP!

- Lewis Carroll

The best part of making soup is that you don’t need a recipe - just an imagination that can combine what you have on hand.

It’s getting cooler here, with night temperatures in the 40s and fog in the river valleys in the morning. It’s time for some soup.

Yesterday was CSA pickup day, so it was also a good day to use as many vegetables as possible, to make room for the new arrivals.

My soup of the evening, beautiful soup:

Saute together 6 slices bacon (cut up) with a huge, sweet golden carrot and a medium mild white onion, chopped.

Add 4 peeled, diced potatoes. One was a Yukon Gold, the others were white potatoes.

Add enough water to cover (about 3 c.) and a can of home-canned navy beans that my mom put up a few years ago (about 2 c.). Season with a little salt, freshly ground pepper, thyme and dill.

Add a small bundle of kale, cut into small pieces and with center rib removed.

Cook until potatoes & kale are tender.

Add a couple of cups of milk.

Eat. We did, and we enjoyed it!

The bacon now has a sad story. It came from a pig raised in Heuvelton, NY, by Clif and Marie Cook. Early yesterday morning their barn burned down, killing 360 animals and destroying their tractor. They lost chickens, turkeys, steers - and their prized pigs, along with the genetics of a carefully bred line of animals.

I take the word “unventing” in the title from Elizabeth Zimmerman, the knitting writer, teacher, and designer. She believed that when it comes to something as basic as knitting (or soup), it’s hard to believe that anyone can have an idea that someone else somewhere, some time hasn’t already tried, given the vast number of people who have lived before us and who share the planet with us right now.


  1. Autumn, abundance and sadness walk hand-in-hand.

    Current copyright laws seem intent on making unventing illegal.

  2. Ah, but food and knitting are two areas where copyright barely holds sway. You can copyright the text of a recipe and a knitting pattern, but you cannot copyright the recipe or the garment.


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