Bunny Soup Gluten-Free
Tucson, Ariz. - April 1, 2012 – Nestled between the rolling foothills of the Ozarks and the great Mississippi River is a small, sleepy, river town, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Each year as Easter approaches the residents dutifully gather their collection of dried onion peels and a large soup pot or Dutch oven to begin their Easter preparations. There will be no Easter eggs, if Bunny Soup is not prepared.
In this quaint historic town, dating back to 1735, only Santa ranks a notch above the Easter Bunny. According to long held beliefs, by resident children, the Easter Bunny will leave many beautifully decorated Easter eggs, if he is well fed. Every Easter throughout the town, and surrounding area, residents begin the annual tradition of making Bunny Soup. No, they are not eating bunnies! They feed the Easter Bunny. This bunny needs a hearty, flavorful meal before decorating and laying the Bunny eggs.
For your information, the Easter Bunny is an extremely talented artist who uses his white bushy tail to create artistic masterpieces. In our family, we grew up believing that the white star burst on rainbow colored Easter eggs was absolute confirmation that the Easter Bunny had personally decorated our treasured eggs. As children, we were anxious to help in the arduous preparation of Bunny Soup, but we were never allowed to help decorate the Easter eggs. Had we decorated the eggs, there would be no ‘Easter magic.’ When childhood imagination passed, we sadly learned the bunny tail swoosh was the upper ribbed part of a cotton athletic sock wrapped around a hard-boiled egg. Since the sock was larger than the egg, the fabric was twisted to hold the egg securely in place for the dyeing process. Multi-colored dyes were applied with an eyedropper. The egg was set aside to dry and the decorative process continued. After a few magical moments the dye was set. The sock fabric was removed. A beautiful rainbow egg appeared with a white bunny tail swoosh. It was ‘magic.’
A day or two before Easter the process of making Bunny Soup began. The Dutch oven was placed on the stove. Water was added. The yearlong stash of onion peels went into the pot. The Easter Bunny had gourmet tastes. A blend of spices and the all-important vinegar were added. We stirred the magical bunny elixir until we knew the ‘Bunny Soup’ was perfectly blended. It was time to begin the cooking process. As toddlers, the soup simmered away during our nap. Older children were chased outside to play, or kept ‘busy’ while the soup cooked. The best Bunny Soup could not be rushed. After all, it had to be perfect for the Easter Bunny.
Sometime later, in a secluded spot, just for bunnies, our parents carried the large pot of Bunny Soup outside for our Easter Bunny. Now the excitement and suspense grew. We could hardly give the Easter Bunny enough time to devour the culinary masterpiece. In spite of our excitement, our parents stressed that the Easter Bunny would not eat, if we watched from the window. Wonder why?
When sufficient time had passed for the consumption of such an extraordinary feast, and we could stand the anticipation no longer, we were ‘released’ to the outdoors. The large pot was always empty with only a few remaining onion peels left in the bottom. Usually the pot was turned upside down as our Easter Bunny ate with gusto. Of course, our Easter Bunny always left several beautiful reddish brown Bunny eggs and a small candy treat for each of us. Our Easter Bunny, and there was only one, could even put our names on our treasured eggs. Real talent, considering it was accomplished with a bushy tail. Our Easter Bunny filled our dreams of the approaching Easter and fueled the imagination of childhood.
As adults, we were disappointed to learn about Egg Hunts. In Ste. Genevieve, there were no Egg Hunts. We chased our Easter Bunny, and he laid our Bunny eggs. Living in a rural community, bunnies always scampered through the yard. The magic of the Easter Bunny was easy to believe. Knowing adults and older children laid the Bunny eggs in creative locations - tall grasses or bushes. Young children, and those adults who refused to give up their belief in the magic of the Easter Bunny, ran through the yard gathering eggs for their Easter baskets. Dressed in their Easter finery, children gathered Bunny eggs until the Easter baskets overflowed. The ‘bunny chasers’ ran from house to house. Children squealed with delight when they caught a glimpse of the Easter Bunny. When the baskets became too full, the Bunny eggs were emptied into a much larger basket that our mothers diligently carried. It really was ‘chasing the bunny.’ (PETA need not send an investigator for animal abuse; the Easter Bunny always escaped - unharmed.)
Easter was an event, not just a day. It was almost better than Christmas because the magic lasted longer. The following week, Mom resorted to every creative recipe she could find to use up dozens of Bunny eggs. Mom could use the colored eggs in whatever recipe she chose. But, the brown Bunny eggs were treasured, especially the ones personalized by the Easter Bunny. Those wonderful eggs were eaten as plain hard-boiled eggs - we could ‘taste’ the difference. Was it the special blend of spices in the Bunny Soup? We didn’t think about that, or how our names were written on the eggs. We just knew they were special - they were Bunny eggs from our Easter Bunny.
Today, when eggs are dyed naturally, it’s called ‘green.’ In this small historic town, for several days every Spring, it’s Bunny Soup. It is the magic of Easter. Green is good, but Bunny Soup is both green and magical. Who doesn’t need a bit of magic in their life? This tradition has been passed down to our children and grandchildren. Over the years, even the Dreamee Dog shared in the hunt for those impossible to find Easter eggs. Using her retriever nose was an added benefit, but she knew they were special and never cracked a shell. As you can see, ‘chasing’ the bunny involved the entire family. We share this magical childhood tradition and the Bunny Soup recipe. We hope the Easter Bunny visits your home this Easter season. The Yummee Yummee founders always make a pot of Bunny Soup. We still chase the Easter Bunny! It’s tradition. We are never too old for Easter magic. Make the soup. Enjoy the magic.
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Bunny Soup Gluten-Free
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