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Cream of Chicken, Cream of Mushroom, Cream of whatever, Soup

I've found a better way to do the following. Skip to New Version  to see the better way.

I've always liked Cream of Whatever soup. The other day I decided I'd learn how to make it. So I looked at some online recipes. I noticed that they all boiled down (;) to the Cream part. Are we talking about cream here? No. It's a from of boiled bread that's been frequently stirred to stop it from chunking up. Oh what a pain I thought. Then I had another thought. Wheat crackers! I like wheat crackers... Why not skip all that add flour, egg, milk, butter and so on? I pulled out a big soup pan, added one of those packages of crackers—the ones you get 4 of in the standard sized box of crackers. I crushed them by hand, added water (filtered of course), garlic, basil, pepper, salt, and a tinge of this and that. Put the mess on low med. Stirred it once it had reached slow boil and lo, I had cream of base. I added a little cooked and chopped up chicken, some milk, some butter. Once I'd cooked it up pretty good I tasted. Not bad but too thick. Added more water. Then I ate cream of chicken soup for a couple of days and not much else. Crackers are cheap and I got a lot of tasty soup out of a modicum of work! Next project will be Cream of Hamburger Soup! I've got the hamburger browning up now.

P.S. I just remembered: I also added a spoonful of natural sucrose sugar (definitely not fructose! Not corn syrup!). No noticeable sweetness, a little something to take the edge off. 

New Version

Create your standard soup/stew. Add some raw oatmeal grain not long before soup is fully cooked and you have a cream of _____ soup that's, in my opinion, better than the canned and almost as easy to make as any standard soup. Added work: find, open, and add raw oatmeal grain, then stir it in.