This made for a pretty good light supper served with toasted fresh bread. I left out the celery (didn't have), added only a generous pinch of salt and used fresh corn. Out of laziness, I just added the uncooked wild rice (but scaled down to 3/4 cup) to the boiling (chicken) broth. Quick to make and was overall okay.
This was a nice, light soup. Liked the thyme and liquid smoke additions. This time we used "Emeril's" vegetable broth instead of the bouillon cube we usually use. As a result I didn't think it was salty enough, hah, so I added more. Thanks for a nice dinner soup, and leftovers for lunch today.