Old Wives Tales – Hungarian Mushroom Soup Recipe

Old Wives Tales – Hungarian Mushroom Soup Recipe

Old Wives Tales was a Portland institution for several decades. And one of their best recipes by far was the Hungarian Mushroom Soup.

3/4 lb. mushrooms, sliced
4 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped
3 tablespoons white flour
1 tablespoon dill weed
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon paprika
2 cups of water or vegetable stock
2 tablespoons tamari
1/2 cup sour cream

Sauté mushrooms and onions in 2 tablespoons butter. Add water or stock. Add dill wee, paprika and tamari, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

In a separate pan heat milk. In another pan heat remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, add flour and cook over a medium heat for a minute to brown flour slightly.

Whisk in warm milk. Add to milk mixture to mushroom mixture, then whisk in sour cream.

Taco Soup Recipe

Taco Soup Recipe

Serves 8.

This is a very basic and easy recipe

2 lbs. Ground meat, browned and drained
2-11oz. cans of corn
2-11oz. cans of beans (Red or Kidney)
2-15oz. cans of diced tomatoes
2-15oz. cans of tomato sauce
2 pkgs. Taco seasoning
1/2 cup minced onions
Shredded cheese
Sour Cream
Avocados, mashed
Tortilla Chips

Put all ingredients except last four, in a large pot, cook until hot throughout. Simmer for at least 1/2 hour. Serve warm with the cheese, sour cream, avocados, and tortilla chips. Can be divided into quart sized bags and frozen for up to 6 months.

Potato Leek Soup (Vegan)

Potato Leek Soup (Vegan)

We just created this recipe last night and started it in the Crock Pot.

2 Medium or 4 small red potatoes
4 Medium Leeks
6 small carrots
2 full heads of garlic
3 stalks of celery
1 – 4 quart Pacific Village vegetable stock (House brand of New Seasons Markets)
1 1/2 table spoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Cut all vegetables into small chunks. In a frying pan use the olive oil to sauté the leeks, carrots, garlic and celery. This only takes a few minutes. When done the vegetables should still look like veggies, just a bit softer.

Potato Leek Soup (Vegan)

Combine all the ingredients into the slow cooker. Top off with water and cook on low for 8 hours.

Potato Leek Soup (Vegan)

I cheated by using minced garlic for one of the full heads. It’ll freeze well for use in the winter, although I like to freeze the soup then use it as ice in the cooler during camping trips. The recipe is currently vegan, but during a camping trip I’d probably add some kielbasa or pork sausage of some sort for extra proteins and to make the portions go further.

Cheese Soup Recipes

Cheese Soup Recipes

No clue where I got the basic recipe from. The Internet surely, but it’s been heavily modified so would be hard to find.

“Basic” Cheese Soup

3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup thinly diced celery
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup thinly diced carrots
1/2 cup thinly diced onion
2 tablespoons Parmesan Romano Cheese
5 Cups Chicken or Vegetable Stock
6 Ounces Cheddar Cheese

Melt butter; saute vegetables until done but not browned. Blend in flour. Slowly add chicken or vegetable stock, bring to a boil; cook, stirring, 5 minutes. Blend in cheddar cheese, Parmesan-Romano cheese. Add Salt and Pepper to taste

Beer Cheddar variation
As above, add 1 bottle of beer (Dark Ales are best,) along with the cheese

Meat Variation
Add 1 cup chopped ham (Serrano or other salty thin sliced hams work best,) or 8-12 chopped pieces of Bacon, or 4 chopped Sausages, or one chopped Kielbasa

Extra Cheesy Variation
Add 1/2 Cup White Cheddar, 2 Ounces Blue Cheese, 6 ounces Pepper Jack

Mexican Variation
Add 4-6 chopped Jalapenos or Habaneros – Do NOT Saute and remove seeds to decrease the heat. You can bake them in the oven for 4-6 minutes at 400 to give them a crispy “fire roasted” texture/flavor.

Quick Variation
1 Can of Campbell’s Cheddar Soup prepared as on can
4 Ounces Grated Cheddar Cheese (a large handful)
2 Ounces Grated Jack or Mozzarella

Rick’s Variation
Add 1/2 Cup White Cheddar, 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce, six cloves of crushed garlic, Tabasco or Dave’s Insanity Sauce to taste