Soup is like the grandmother of meals: warm, comforting, and enjoyable with or without teeth. Follow maternal culinary counsel with today's Groupon: for $7, you get 2 quarts of homemade soup at The Stew Pot Kitchen (a $14 value).
The Stew Pot Kitchen owner and cooking connoisseur Scott Malensek uses fresh vegetables plucked from his own garden and ingredients collected from local farmers markets to brew an inventive rotating selection of soups. At 10 a.m. each day, Scott chooses the roster of liquid nourishments that will grace The Stew Pot's menu, which depends on season and Brett Favre's retirement status. Scott has concocted dozens of delicious recipes such as purple chicken soup, a simple broth simmered with carrots, celery, onions, herbs, and zinfandel wine. A bowl of Prisoner's Plight recaptures a recipe from the 1850s that unites bean-less chili with a slew of hot peppers, onions, and house-arrest anklets. Cheeseburger soup—featured on local ABC affiliate WEWS-5—entered this year's National Hamburger Festival to much acclaim.
Scott Malensek's soup-swirling skills derive from nine years as a stay-at-home dad cooking for his children, which led him to open The Stew Pot Kitchen—a restaurant that strives to feed people of all means with tasty, healthy food.