Soup for Kick-Off Time the Southern Way

In observance of a special occasion, the rivalry of two southern football teams for the NCAA football championship, here is a dish you can enjoy while watching the game.

There is nothing like having a big pot of hot soup ready for invited or drop-in company. It is certain to be a high tension game and hot food can help calm the nerves. 

Here is a soup recipe even the kids can help prepare for that special event. It is fast and easy and is a one-pot meal.

This Brunswick Stew is popular in the south and is taken from Amy Houts’ cookbook, Cooking Around the Country with Kids: USA Regional Recipes and Fun Activities.

Brunswick Stew

1 small onion, chopped
2 slices bacon
1 (15-oz.) can diced tomatoes
2 cups pared, diced potatoes
1 cup frozen baby lima beans
3 to 4 cups chicken broth or bouillon
2 cups diced, cooked chicken
1 cup frozen corn
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Adult can cut up vegetables. Children can help measure ingredients.

Fry bacon until crisp in a large pot. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, potatoes, lima beans, and chicken broth.

Bring to a boil over high heat; turn down to low, cover, and simmer 4 to 5 minutes. Add chicken, corn, and Worcestershire. Simmer 10 minutes more. Serve in bowls.

Serves 4.

The flavors of American cookery tend to change throughout the country. The author includes recipes from eight different sections or regions of the US. The recipes are authentic to the region and generally reflect the food that is produced there. A brief geographic description of the area is given and activities related to that region are presented.

This hands-on experience of involving children in preparing foods of different parts of the country helps them experience the cultural diversity of our country. They are introduced to new tastes and different cultures.

For more information about this cookbook, go to

Enjoy the game!