Friday, October 23, 2009
Chicken Soup... It Couldn't Hurt!
Chicken soup.. Reminds me of an old joke (most everything does!).. Old Jewish mother coming up the stairs to give her sick husband a bowl, runs into her son coming down the steps. Son says to mother, "Ma he doesn't need chicken soup anymore- Dad just passed away". Undeterred, she tries to get by him, and once again he blocks her and says "Dad's gone, don't bother". Not to be stopped, she tries again to come up the stairs.. Now the son is getting angry and yells "Ma! He's dead! Chicken soup won't help!" She says to son, "Well, it couldn't hurt"...
With all the flus and colds we all run into this time of year, almost everyone will either buy or make some version of this most popular soup!
My version varies with what's in the house. This batch was made from chicken tenders, uncooked and unbattered, seasoned and baked until done- then cut in bite sized pieces. Seasoned chicken broth, chopped chicken, chopped carrots, celery, and onions are simmered together until vegetables are tender. I then add noodles (this time spiral pasta!) and simmer with soup until tender. At this point I do something a little different.. I add dry chicken gravy mix, that has been mixed with a small amount of cold water and add to soup. This thickens it a bit, but not too much- I want soup, not stew!
Hit the spot on a cold night!
When we don't want to fix a big meal, our "go to" lunch or supper is Nachos Supreme! Locally made white corn tortilla chips, loaded up with taco meat, shredded Mexican blend cheese, chopped green bell peppers, onions, and diced tomatoes. Simply nuked in a microwave until cheese melts, we eat with our favorite hot sauce or salsa. This is better than any you buy in restaurants around here!
Good week-ends to all, We have another big wedding to attend..