oh, man.. i make a mean homemade veggie soup w/ dumplings. basically, you throw any type of veggie that's moderately sized diced [green beans, zucchini, carrot, celery, mushrooms, broccoli, green/red peppers, lotsa garlic etc etc] into vegetable broth.. im a vegetarian, so i use "fake" chicken cubes.
for spices, i throw a bit of everything.. s & p, oregano, and anything else i feel like.
now, the best part of the soup are the dumplings.. basically, you just drop dough into the soup, put on the lid, and they get huge. i'll have to find the recipe, but i'll post it here when i can.
i also have a great recipe for "salsa" soup. must find that, too.