5 Links to Read Before Making Soups, Stews and Chilis

October  9, 2013

Each week, we’ll be sharing a comprehensive list of links to help you master something new in the kitchen. Culinary greatness, here you come.

Today: Warm up with a bowl of something hearty.

Just Good ChiliSeafood StewCreamy Butternut Squash SoupSweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

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Comfort food season has commenced, which means it’s time to pull out your slow cookers and stock pots. That’s right -- soups, stews, and chilis are back in style. Make sure you’re prepared to whip up a batch of something warm and satisfying whenever the mood strikes. These links will help.

  • To start, you’ll need a base of stock or broth. Here’s the difference between the two. (The Kitchn.)
  • Understanding the basics: Soup 101. (BBC.)
  • Ever wonder how the words “soup” and “stew” came to be? Now you know. (Bon Appétit.)

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Michele D. October 10, 2013
Don't forget one of the best soup and stew (and stock and broth) makers ever - the Pressure Cooker! Saves time and money and really enhances flavor on everything from clear soups to hearty stews.
John Z. October 9, 2013
the seafood stew look so delicious!
Emily October 9, 2013
Thanks for this list! I love the mini-tutorial and the rich reading. I always love the Food52 columns. Now, off to figure out the difference between a soup and a stew!