Charlie made this soup while I was out. When I came back and he served it up, he said, "I can't taste the potatoes, I can't taste the carrots, I can't taste the celery, I can't taste the cabbage, but I can taste the special ingredient I put in. See if you can identify it."
He was right, that all the ingredients had blended into one heavenly flavor, but he was also right that there was a little extra something.
"Salsa?" -- He often puts salsa in the soup.
"I did put salsa in it, but that's not it."
I gave up. He pointed to a bit of something.
He said, "I cut up four olives into the soup. And you can taste it!"
I could. It was subtle, but it was a definite addition.
So, cubed potatoes, sliced carrots, chopped celery leaves, diced cabbage, onion powder, water, Not Chick'n bouillon, egg noodles, salsa -- and sliced olives.
The result was those three little words that mean so much: Keep the recipe!
Marian Allen, Author Lady
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