New Castle News

May 13, 2014

Gary Church: Hope I’m not in a stew over this chili thing

Gary Church
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Sometimes, I think my wife tries to con me, especially when it comes to supper.

When I'm asked what I want for supper, I always say fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy.

She then proceeds to tell me what I'm actually getting.

Last week, she made a delicious pan of chicken pastina soup.

That was on Tuesday, and I had a bowl with my supper.

I also had a bowl of it for lunch on Wednesday, and it was still delicious.

Wednesday afternoon, I got the big question, "What do you want for supper?"

I replied with my standard answer.

She then said, "How about chili?"

Assuming I would also have a bowl of chicken pastina soup I said, "I don't think I want two soups for supper."

That's when the con started.

She said chili wasn't a soup.

I answered, "When you go into a restaurant and ask what kind of soup they have, they usually reply, broccoli, chicken noodle, and chili."

"Chili is a soup!"

She said, "Technically, no, it isn't."

We ended up eating hamburgers with a bowl of chicken pastina.

By doing some research, I found something out, that you must keep to yourself.

Soup is a liquid food of many kinds, usually made by boiling meat and veggies in water.

Stew is a combination of solid food ingredients that have been cooked in water, typically by simmering, and are served without being drained.

Soups are boiled, stews are simmered.

There is a small chance that chili is a stew and not a soup.

Please keep this under your hat.

It would throw off all the restaurants menus ever written, and may make my wife correct for the first time in her life.