Wash your foot before you put it in the soup.

The men say when I serve I really bumpin’ soup, “You really put your foot in it tonight, Rev!” Well, since tonight is Holy Thursday, I am going for that response. I will let you know. I am writing down the recipe as I am making it. The people loved it!


  • 4 quarts salt free home-made chicken broth
  • 10 pounds 80/20 ground chuck
  • 5 medium size yellow onions
  • 1 head garlic
  • 5 large, red, sweet peppers
  • 2 pounds broccoli florets
  • 2 fennel
  • 3 big bunches of collard greens
  • 2 eggplants
  • ~ 5 quarts water
  • ~ 1-1/2 cubic inches fresh grated ginger
  • 2 heaping Tablespoons ground turmeric
  • 1 Tablespoon crushed Turkish oregano buds
  • 35 twists, medium grind, black pepper

Fry up the ground chuck in 10-1# batches in a large cast iron skillet with a diced half onion and a pressed garlic clove in each batch & add to the 22 quart stock pot with the chicken broth heating in it on low heat. Cut up the peppers into bite sized pieces and add to pot. Cut the florets to soup sized pieces and add to the pot. Add some of the water. Turn up the heat to cook the added ingredients. Cut the fronds off the fennel, chop and add them to the soup. Now take the white bottoms of the fennel, dice them, and saute’ them in the skillet. (If you need additional fat, you may skim some from the top of the pot.) Don’t skip this step. It unlocks the umami in the fennel. Slice and chop the collard greens and add them. Remember to stir the pot regularly.  Dice the eggplants to ~1/2″ cubes, leaving the skin on for the valuable bioflavonoids. Peel and grate the ginger into the pot. Add the remaining spices and remaining water. Transfer the pot into the double boiler canner setup to stew for hours until you are ready to load it into an Igloo container to take it to the city to serve.

April made a curried cauliflower with chickpea recipe from the Moosewood Cookbook for our vegetarian alternative tonight.

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