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Victory Garden Soup

September 26, 2015

“Food will win the war,” declared President Woodrow Wilson in regard to WW1. This same sentiment carried over into the years of the Second World War. Civilians were encouraged to grow Victory Gardens to aid in the effort of winning the war. These gardens supplemented the food that was rationed to each household, freeing the food farmers raised for the war effort. A variety of vegetables were planted including many root vegetables such as turnip greens, carrots, potatoes, and onions.
It’s amazing what one can learn about history from the desire to cook just one vegetable, in Kevin’s case, turnip greens. This quest to cook turnip greens ended in a treasure of two delicious recipes, “Victory Casserole” and “Victory Garden Soup” created by our very own Chef Kevin. Turnip greens was one of his pappy’s favorite vegetables. From that we began to talk about how that particular generation is fond of turnip greens compared to all other generations. We knew this was in part because of the Great Depression. This was a food families survived on; it was easy to grow and cheap to cook. From there, we began to research more about turnip greens and discovered they were planted in Victory Gardens during war time. We next questioned what other vegetables were grown in these gardens; the answer led Kevin to devise an amazing and nutritious soup. If you plan to cook this, you might consider cooking his Victory Casserole first so you will be able to start the soup with the leftovers. If not, refer to that recipe so you will know how to cook the turnip greens in such a way that it will be pleasing to your palate. Also, you will find the steps on how to cook the hamburger meat. Thank you, Kickstarter Backers, for supporting this recipe.

Leftover turnip greens and stock from the pot
Leftover hamburger meat from “Victory Casserole”
2 potatoes
3 carrots
1 sweet potato

Boil the potatoes, carrots, and sweet potato until tender. Add meat mixture to cooked turnip greens and stock. Add vegetables with the water from the pan to greens and meat mixture. Add more beef stock and/or water as needed. Heat thoroughly. Serve.



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