I will be the first to admit, I can't remember where I saw this but I know it was on the internet, so I can't give credit.
All I can do is link to Wickipedia for the story and I would like you to go read this before you continue.
I got to thinking about this tonight after I started adding a bunch of stuff out of my fridge to a pot of soup I started the other day.
I have to give credit for that inspiration to that cutie, little Rachael Ray.
Like her or not, that was the one damn thing I miss about getting rid of my TV, The Food Channel.
Anyway. I remember watching one of her Dinner in a Half hour, whatever they called it shows and she made Chicken Noodle Soup in a half hour.
Of course she cheated but I was impressed and actually tried it, with my own twist, and it was great!
So, the other day, I was digging in the fridge and found some celery that was fixing to go bad, a buddy had given me some tomatoes that were in the same shape too.
Further exploration came up with some ground Italian sausage and some Cajun Pork cutlets.
Hmm, time for some soup.
I added a can of Baby clams( note to self, get a freakin' CASE of those things!),
a quarter cup of instant rice, a can of potatoes, mash 'em up a little first, a whole onion and six cloves of garlic.
Throw in some chili powder, onion powder and stir on High like yer life depended on it.
Oh, of course, while you are at it, Two Table spoons of Louisiana Hot Sauce too.
Stir until it boils and turn it to simmer, keep stirring.
My point here is, if you have such a thing as a big stock pot or a large cast iron pot and can keep it simmering all day, you can feed a great many people, even if they only have a small donation to the ingredients. The longer you cook it, the thicker it gets and it quickly turns into a stew, just add water.
I am doing this just for myself and eating on a four quart pan for a couple of days.
Imagine what you could do with a huge Stock Pot or a Crock pot.
Just keep throwing things in it and have a hot dish, anytime of the day.
This is how people used to live two centuries ago, sometimes you have to wonder just how modern luxuries replaced one of the greatest things ever invented, a bowl of hot, home made soup.
If you can afford to get through this mess by yourself, more power to you, the rest of us are going to be eating a lot of Stone Soup.