How much celery seed do I substitute for a stalk of celery in soup? I haven't tried anything as I don't want to ruin a whole pot of soup.

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If it's one stick in a pot serving several people (as it sounds from your question), it's not a major part of the flavour. The seed also has a different flavour to the sticks and can be quite strong*, so I'd be sparing and use a pinch, crushed. Serious eats also talks in terms of pinches, though they think it tastes "exactly like celery" or "very similar".

If there's quite a lot in there, the substitution probably isn't a good idea as the differece in flavour will be more apparent and it will also affect the texture.

*The last time I used celery seed it was home-grown which might taste stronger than bought.

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