This recipe comes from Lymes’ Heritage Cookbook, by Connecticut’s Lyme Historical Society. Traditionally served to Old Lyme bird counters after their late-December census, it’s a hearty, colorful soup that melds the flavors of vegetables and cheese – just the thing you need after a frigid hike. (From Lymes’ Heritage Cookbook, edited by Elizabeth M. Schuler. Published by Lyme Historical Society Inc., Florence Griswold Museum, 1991.)
Cook potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, tomatoes, peas or beans, Worcestershire, mustard, parsley, and salt in 2-½ cups of the water until carrots and celery are tender. Meanwhile, make a roux of the margarine and flour. Stir in milk to make a sauce, then add 1 cup water and cheese. Simmer, stirring, until cheese is melted.
Finally, combine the cheese mixture with the vegetables; stir well while simmering for a minute or two before serving.