Vanilla has a remarkable story, filled with history, intrigue, passion, and piracy. Vanilla flavors our foods, beverages, and even our favorite chocolate bar. It's the secret ingredient that makes a lot of medicines go down more easily and it is in most bottles of perfume. Last but most certainly not least vanilla helps to lift spirits, soothe jangled nerves, calms you down, makes you feel good, and can even help you lose weight!
Food historians tell us the history of soup is probably as old as the history of cooking. The act of combining various ingredients in a large pot to create a nutritious, filling, easily digested, simple to make/serve food was inevitable. This made it the perfect choice for both sedentary and travelling cultures, rich and poor, healthy people and invalids. Soup (and stews, pottages, porridges, gruels, etc.) evolved according to local ingredients and tastes. New England chowder, Spanish gazpacho, Russian borscht, Italian minestrone, French onion, Chinese won ton and Campbell's tomato...are all variations on the same theme.