This soup has been a Halloween tradition in my family for more than 50 years. As kids, my mom began serving this to us on Halloween – a must before we were allowed to go to the school carnival or trick-or-treating. It was warming and delicious, filled with beans, bacon, celery, tomatoes and hot dogs! (I admit, I am not usually a big fan of the ‘tube steak’ – but this soup – I could eat it daily!) This has become such a hallowed tradition – that we are not allowed to make this soup prior to Halloween. . . .
And now, all of these years later, this delicious tradition – begun by mom – continues all across the country – as this soup is being prepared in the homes of her children and grandchildren. There is something wonderful that happens to the family – as we all realize that parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins are all making the same meal – and continuing a tradition that brought us together as a family around the dinner table.
There has not been a year, since my children have left home and started homes of their own that I don’t get a call or text -“Mom – I can’t find my recipe for ‘Witches Brew”. . . and so – I am posting this – for them and for you – for my grandchildren, nieces, nephews – and for mom.
Thank you mom – for being such a great believer in family traditions – and seeing that the things we loved most have been passed along. In a few days, there will be tables from the Mid-West to the Pacific Northwest, Southern California to Texas, Arizona and the Rocky Mountains – filled with steaming bowls of ‘Witches Brew’ and pans filled with hot cornbread. . . . and realizing that those that they love and hold dear – family – are all doing the same thing. There is something so important here. Although we are spread over thousands of miles, it still brings us home to mom’s table. I have no doubt that this tradition will continue for years to come – and that this soup will be served in the homes of her great-grandchildren as well – as they have all become lovers of the ‘brew’.
Come join us at our table!