How to make soup and stews that everyone will love

Making a big batch of a hearty soup or stew is one of my favorite things to do when the weather is cold and nasty. There is a NorEaster moving through NJ and staying in the warm house, with comfy clothes makes it the perfect time to be in the kitchen chopping veggies. The great thing about soup and stews is the leftovers. I don't know about you but I find the longer a soup or stew sits, the better the flavors.