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November 04, 2003



Look here Soup Lady. The word Sap is slang for a foolish gullible person. You comment: "Oh yes, those poor sap astronauts on Apollo 13" is ridiculous. .


... thank you for this magnificent plog!

you will make this winter so much more bearable, now that i have access to delicious soup!

bless you.

The Soup Ldy

Yes, that is exactly the definition that I meant when I selected the word. My apologies if it offended you - the Soup Lady tries to be funny. Sometimes she is; sometimes she isn't.

I actually had the pleasure of meeting Jim Lovell at his restaurant in Chicago*. He is extremely affable and more than willing to answer any question about his experience aboard Apollo 13 or his experience as an astronaut in general.

*I had the soup - a combination plate of green and white vicchyssoise.


Hickory nuts were a main staple of the Cherokee (and I'm sure many other Native American tribes. They ground the hickory nuts (shell and all)very finely and formed into balls called Connuche (Kenuche).
When boiled with water the shell sinks to the bottom of the pan. It was then strained through a cloth. The remaining paste was similar to peanut butter. It was used in many ways to sustain them through harsh winters. -- So, don't knock it till you try it.

Soup Gal

Dear Soup Lady,
No disrespect intended, but you could not possibly have encountered an actual hickory nut. I can pick a gallon of hickory nuts in a matter of minutes, but getting to the meat is another matter. Your recipe says "crack and shell" as if that were a lark. If you have some mystery method other than whopping a hammer or splitting and digging out micrograins of hickory nut meat, please enlighten us all.
Soup Gal

The Soup Lady

Why, yes, dear - I do have an easier method. You can freeze the nuts first and it makes it much easier to open them and remove the meat. Another method is to boil them for a few minutes , let them cool and then shell them, but I prefer the freezing method.

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