Home-Made Soup

In 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, 4-Boyd King Dimmock 1949-, FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER on July 26, 2015 at 9:06 am

Scraps & juices from Beef roast
2 cans tomato soup
1 can corn
1 can butter beans
6 irish potatoes, diced
1 pkg frozen orka (unless Boyd is eating)
2 carrots diced
Salt to taste

Bring all ingredients to boil then let simmer about an hour or until flavors have time to season. Freezes well.

(Editor’s note: Bee / Momma / Grandma says this recipe dates back to the Low Country, around the year 1930. What do you think — would they have used canned ingredients then, or fresh ones? Or would this be cans of vegetables they’d canned themselves?

This must mean Aunt Boyd doesn’t like okra.)

recipe home-made soup

  1. Canning is a beautiful Art. My Mama & Grandma took pride in arranging the string beans, squash, carrots, beets, corn, peaches, etc. in glass jars. At Pfafftown NC, where I grew up, the rows and rows and rows of Mason jars were stored in the cold old basement. Worn brick walls and a red dirt floor framed the wooden shelves lined with hundreds and hundreds of quarts containing bright vegetables and fruits. One sole light bulb dangling overhead from a frazzled cord highlighted the family’s hard work of planting, picking, preparing, and canning…many hands involved. When winter came, we were pleased to open a pretty jar, knowing we all had helped.

  2. There’s an interesting note on Okra – “Unless Boyd is eating.” Since it was written in 1930, that had to be Cousin Boyd Dodd. I didn’t know he didn’t like okra. I wonder if the packages were marked “okra/no okra” just to make sure Boyd didn’t get any. On the other hand, I wonder if Momma wrote this from a 1930 recipe, since there probably wasn’t much frozen food around in 1930, and she not only says to use frozen okra, but also the product freezes well. So maybe it was sister Boyd KD, not cousin Boyd Dodd.

  3. A note on the date: Bee / Momma / Grandma hand-wrote this sometime in the late 1990s or early 2000s, after Aunt Boyd King Dimmock gave her an empty scrapbook to fill with recipes — so here Bee / Momma / Grandma is re-writing a recipe that she had learned back in the 1930s. I am guessing the okra comment refers to Boyd King Dimmock — Aunt Boyd, how do you feel about okra?

  4. Yes, it is true that I never liked ocra, so my sweet Momma would leave it out for me! It was a sacrifice since she really liked it.

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