|California Minestrone Soup|
But I see I've made a mistake. I included the recipes for Homemade Chicken Soup with Fluffy Dumplings-- which we had on December 16th-- in the list of entrants. I shouldn't have. Neither Daughter C nor Miss M were able to partake of that delicious soup-- which I would have ranked #1, by the way. But it doesn't seem right to include it as all but one of the others had at least one of the girls judging. And I had not included it in my written 2013/14 Fall & Winter Soup Contest "Log & Scorecard" that I used to refresh our memories this evening.
This is how I will fix the problem. Homemade Chicken Soup with Fluffy Dumplings is really, really good. You should try it.
The Minestrone was very good. It's vegan. Mr. Big Food served it with some jazzed up French bread. (Take a loaf of French bread, slice it in half lengthwise. Slather it with melted butter/vegan butter. Sprinkle liberal amounts of garlic powder and dried homegrown oregano over. Top non-vegan version with provolone slices. Wrap in foil. Heat in a 350° oven about 20 minutes.) But no one ranked it as best.
Here's where things stand in the rankings:
Entrant #4 Beer Cheese Broccoli Soup has 3 votes for 1st place, and 1 vote for 3rd place.
Entrant #1 Hot Potato Soup has 1 vote for 1st, 1 for 2nd, and 1 for 3rd.
Entrant #5 California Minestrone Soup has 2 votes for 2nd place, and 2 for 3rd.
Entrant #3 Cream of Bean has 1 vote for 2nd.
Entrant #2 French Meatless Vegetable Soup has 0 votes for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.
As I said, the Minestrone is good. As with any soup that's chock full of veggies, quality is paramount. Mr. Big Food used a lot of fresh frozen veggies from last year's garden, and homegrown dried herbs. With the exception of the kidney beans and tiny peas, all the other veggies were frozen, not canned. (I can't imagine this soup would be any good at all if made with only canned veggies BUT it would surely be better than canned minestrone.)