When Laura submitted her Girl Scout Stew (late, I might remind her) to the first Trailer Park Karma Treasure Not Trash Contest, I thought she was kidding. In fact, I'm still not so sure she wasn't.
The basic recipe is pretty world famous, actually. If you made it out of that first branch of Girl Scouting (whatever it's called now -- Sunflowers? Raisins?), you had a chance to make and eat this stuff at some time in your scouting career. Me, growing up with Uber Scoutwoman for a mother, I think we ate Scout Stew on a quarterly basis for sentimental sake. It was a little like the salutes that we had to do (and still do) when we drive by the teeny town where my daddy was born.
So what Laura did was write up her version of Scout Stew with the addition of the only two ingredients required by the Trailer Park Karma Contest Commission: bosc pears and avocados.
You probably aren't believing any of this, but it's true.
Not only did I, the Editor, and Karrie Sue dig this stuff, but so did the Preteen Eater in the house. The recipe makes a pretty good-sized batch, and we finished it. Didn't have to toss out a bit or give it to the dogs. And this is made from stuff that is *always* in my pantry.
The addition of those two ingredients wound up lending a thicker, nutty, slightly sweeter taste to what is typically a damned boring soup.
I'm thinking about bringing it to the next potluck I attend, wherever that'll be.
Here's Laura Connelly's 2nd-place winner:
Laura Connelly's Girl Scouts Gone Wild Stew
OK, going with the whole trailer park theme... and not something healthy... something that actually has a lot of preservatives so that when you expire, you don't look like you passed your expiration date.
Start with your basic Scout Stew (no scouts were harmed in the making of this stew):
two cans of alphabet soup -- cans with dents are ok cuz they're cheaper
one can of tomato soup (also dented)(al dented?)
one onion of any kind -- doesn't matter how old it is
two cans of kernel corn (dented)
two cans of green beans (dented)
ground beef -- the higher the fat content, the lower the price
one dented can of red beans that you didn't use with Sunday's dirty rice 1/2 tsp oregano
cayenne pepper to taste (or chaloula sauce or taco bell taco sauce works here too -- go check your floorboards for the packets that you didn't step on)
one bosc pear (so you can tell your caseworker that your kid gets fresh fruit)
Dice up the avocado and pear and add to the stew. Makes it chewier and you can water it down with the second and third leftover rounds. Save the avocado seeds so you can grow your own and not have to go into the prissy part of the store where people really look at the food they buy and eat.
[Editor's note: Still tracking down those incredible shots I took of the 1st contest entries, but in lieu of a Scout Stew view (it resembles gumbo in color & texture),
here's The Editor with an enthusiastic "more, please!" for Laura.]