Friday morning I decided to make them a batch of homemade chicken noodle soup. This isn't exactly where the wheels come off, this is the part where I'm doing the same thing here, but in a different way.
Right after we moved, I noticed at most fresh vegetable stands (as well as the commissary, grocery store, and the Aldi-esque shops) there was a similar bundle of vegetable chunks banded together. I recognized the carrot, leek, and parsley - but not this other "item." After more than a month of wondering about it, John and I asked one of favorite vegetable sellers about this savory combination. Between his so-so English and our lousy German - we understood this to be a soup starter. The produce-meister used sign language to chop the vegetables, season, and add meat. Terrific!
The other "item" is something like a cross between a turnip and a parsnip. When I peeled it before chunking, it smelled very similar to celery and worked well in the soup; the flavor was just delicious.
Since then, we've bought a soup starter bundle almost every week. No two soup experiences have been the same, but they've all been *cough* souper yummy. John has always been a big fan of soup and the kids haven't complained one bit.
I hope my neighbors feel better soon. I hope we continue to try new and different items from the fresh produce stands. I hope to always be teachable.
Loving thy neighbor is where it's at.