“Definitions would be good things if we didn’t use words to make them.”  Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The other day I began to wonder about the difference between soups and stews.  Obviously, my life is just one peg above boring.  But don’t judge me too harshly.

You see, my husband does not like soup as a meal, but enjoys stew.  To me, they seem so much alike.  And I was right again!  Ratchet my life up another peg!

According to intense research, (two minutes on Google) soups have more liquid and smaller pieces, while stews (have you guessed) generally have less or thicker broth and larger pieces.  So taking a food creation and making it one or the other is simply a matter of aesthetics.

Searching for images of soup and stew online made it clear that not everyone is on the same page when it comes to these definitions.  However, I now feel free to take a soup recipe and leave the pieces larger, throw in some peas (he loves peas), and thicken the broth with arrowroot.  Arrowroot is my thickener of choice while avoiding gluten.

For lunches, when I’m dining alone, I can simply use my magic wand and whip up the stew into a lovely puree, adding broth, if needed, to convert the stew to a soup.  Lots of nutrition in an easy to consume form.

I hope this tome has added something to your life.  Or do we simply need to get out more!

Loveya – The Grandma

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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