This is the time of year when almost every child comes home from school sniffling or coughing, and you'd better brace yourself, because no matter how healthy you think you are, you are also susceptible to the sickness going around.
When I was sick as a child, Mom would make me eat crackers and drink Sprite. The combination almost makes me sick to think about it--a conditioned response, I'm sure.
Most people make chicken noodle soup. I've never been a fan of chicken noodle, but Mom's vegetable soup--now that was something worth eating.
Like most good cooks, my mom didn't use a recipe for her vegetable soup, but I've seen her make it often enough that I can probably write it down.
Mom's Vegetable Soup
2 pounds of hamburger, browned and seasoned
4 c. beef broth
1 med. onion, minced
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 qt. green beans, undrained (Mom always canned her own, but you can use 2-14.5 oz.cans)
2 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 bag of frozen whole kernel corn, thawed (again, my mom froze her own; you could buy it)
1/2 cup dried barley
1/2 cup of alphabet letters, if desired
1 tsp. cumin
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Cook onion, carrots, potatoes, barley, and beef broth until everything is soft. Add in corn, green beans, hamburger, seasonings, and alphabet letters. Cook until letters are done. You can either simmer until time to eat or serve immediately with crackers and shredded cheese.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family has enjoyed it. I find that I don't like tomato-based vegetable soup now that I've been spoiled on Mom's beef-broth variety.