The basic premise of a Stone Soup party is that you invite friends over and have them contribute to a soup that you all share. If you're not up for socializing, you can adapt these same concepts while cleaning out your own refrigerator.
Some of you less adventurous souls might be nervous about all of this uncertainty. This instructable is about a few things, but it is as much about how to make a good soup base, as anything else. I’ve found that if you have a good base, you have a 99% chance of success, which is pretty good. I’ll even fill you in on what I did wrong when I’ve messed up that last 1% or so of the soups I’ve attempted.
Here are some links to the folk tales referenced above:
Wikipedia’s entry of the Stone Soup tale http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_soup
Hobo Stew or Community Stew
If you want to make a huge event out of it, see this article on the tradition of Booyah: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booyah_(stew)
Step 1: The Basic Concept
Have friends scan their pantries, refrigerators and freezers with these thoughts in mind:
-what has been sitting there for a while?
-what is something that I might not otherwise use?
Specific examples are: the end of a flavorful cheese, the last part of a casserole that you’re tired of eating, and often-tossed vegetable parts such as celery leaves, broccoli stems and sweet potato peels. (As you start thinking in these terms, you’ll start saving scraps for soups in the freezer.) Spice packets that I purchased with good intentions and ends of specialty noodles are good choices, too.
Ask about possible dietary restrictions when you call, and consider creating different pots to accommodate for them (allergies, religious observances, and for vegetarian and low-carb diets).
I’ve also learned to have people bring a container so they can bring some soup home. Of course you can send people home with old sour cream containers or baggies full of soup, too.
Check to see if you have enough bowls and spoons. Instead of buying plastic or disposable, think about having guests bring their own bowls and spoons to supplement what you’ve got.