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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..

41 comments:

Marjie said...

My best soup recipes are the "whatever" ones - whatever's in the house that seems to coordinate goes in the pot. I love chicken soup! We've had a really ugly cold going around here, and chicken soup is exactly the ticket!

Have fun at the big wedding, and sport that pony tail with pride!

Shelly Rayedeane said...

That soup looks absolutely delicious and I have now fallen for you. Unfortunately though, I found out my flu was all for show. I just got back from the doctor's office and they refused to hospitalize me for feeling like I was on my death bed. The bastards wouldn't even give me any good drugs. They told me I just have allergies!

Does that make me a wimp?

buffalodick said...

I believe sometimes less is more.. I could have added more ingredients, but the simplicity and depth of flavor is what everyone comes back to.. I never judge an ingredient- I judge the results!
Shelly- I should have send you the wrong prescription the pharmacy sent me- 180 pain pills! My doctor never proscribes anything I might actually enjoy... Get a backbone, you wimp..:) Hope you feel better soon!

Donna-FFW said...

Im with you on simplicity and depth of flavor in soups, I dont like too much going on.

Have fun at the wedding, no fair, 2 weddings so close, you know what that means right, weddings to me mean 2 big things, can u guess?

buffalodick said...

Donna- Both of these affairs are the biggest I've attended in years! The Father of the Bride is my best buddy, who is battling serious cancer.. Won't be a day of joy, without that hangin' over us..

Bina said...

That's exactly how I cooked mine last weekend, gravy and all! I usually put noodles in mine, but this time I made WAY too many dumplings!

And I have NEVER seen a picture of you so how could you make my list?? HMMMM???

buffalodick said...

Bina- Great minds think alike! I might show you a photo in my younger days- Life and age beats external beauty out of you.. If you are aging properly, tou get more attractive from within...

Brian Miller said...

yum...know what i am having for dinner now...nachos supreme!

buffalodick said...

Brian- Welcome to blog! Good common ground is what we should all seek...

Katherine Aucoin said...

The best soups come from whatever you happen to have on hand. Looks like a real pick me up for colds and rainy, cold weather.

Of course I remember their Dad, I was a kid when he played for the Saints. I went to Ole'Miss,you can't go to school there or live N.O. without knowing about this powerhouse family.

buffalodick said...

Katherine- Best Q-back I ever saw! I said I would wear my Panthers hat until the Lions won something! Hat wore out..

Akelamalu said...

I love soups and broths and your recipe sounds just the ticket!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I am SO going to make that soup this weekend! Even if I have to send hubby out for the ingredients I don't have...*snicker!* I bet that would make me feel worlds better! Thanks for posting that, you're a sweetie! :)

buffalodick said...

Ake- I do my best work around simple!
Stacy- I hope you feel better, but bet you feel great!(He leered!) Just kidding! I hope everyone feels better soon- I'm tired of this..

K said...

Sounds perfect in this cold weather.

highlandsranchfoodie.wordpress.com said...

RE: your soup and what ever is available: That works. I do it all the time. and re: Nachos. I really like how the microwave finishes nachos...like perfectly! Thanks for the post BD

Jhonny walker said...

Lovely name for the blog!!!! Great posts too. Chicken soup-- an oldie but a goodie!

buffalodick said...

K- I exist to serve.my pleasure in life is to see others enjoy! I'm pretty OK with bologna and cheese...
Highlander- I'm the real deal..don't post what I didn't make, don't post what somebody else said! I'm funny like that..

buffalodick said...

J-walker- Opinions always welcome! Wish more folks had them and could express themselves! Welcome to the blog!

Chef E said...

Soups on! I am making a Portuguese soup tonight, first time, but also an oldie!

Not sure why but this just popped into my head, my dad would say "I don't give a damn what you call me, just as long as you call me to dinner"!

I like the joke :)

Kate said...

I am ALL about the nachos! I throw enchilada sauce into my meat. I love it.

otin said...

Chicken soup definitely helps me when I have a cold!

Jeanne said...

Have fun at the hitchin'!

Char said...

My daughter hates chicken soup. She says that I always made it for her when she got sick, so it always reminds her of sickness. I love it....now I am craving me some good homemade chicken soup!

UBERMOUTH said...

Buff- That sosunds delish! I am going to make some the minute I am better! :)

Pam said...

Well, now I'm craving nachos.

Just telling it like it is said...

Ahhh Chicken soup for the soul...good for you helps thin out the mucous membranes and soothes the bronchials...I eat it often with lemon and a little hot chili la la sauce...mmmmmm

buffalodick said...

ChefE- I heard it "Call me anything except late for dinner"...
Kate- We never seem to throw any away!
otin- Hot tea, soup, any stuff like that seems to help..
Jeanne- I don't like downtown weddings and receptions..
Char- Probably have a bowl before the wedding today..
Uber- Still not feeling well? You need chicken soup!
Pam- I think I'm going to make bean dip next week!
Darngirl- I use white ground pepper for a little heat in mine..

Chris said...

I haven't made a plate of supreme nachos in forever and I need to remedy that soon. Glad you're all feeling better!

Rachel said...

How funny!! We just made chicken noodle soup at my house too! My grandma- who passed away in 01'- made the best homemade noodles EVER! Each time I make them in our soup I think of her. Yours looks great too :) Great post!

Rachel said...

And oh yea....the nachos?! Got my mouth watering and I am officially making Mexican food tonight now.

John McElveen said...

Buffalo- My Man!

Lay Lines for the Paranormal, Emfs, Poltergeists, Loch Nest, Copper Bracelets and the list goes on and on of unexplained but stuff that just won't go away! Or Can't be explained away!!

HOWEVER-----_ "It couldn't hurt"; could become the most awesomeness Catch Phrase of the millennium!

I LOVE IT!

And I dare anyone to impeach the potential power of a Bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup- especially when made with the care and Love of a Mom! What an Anointed Meal!

Right on Bro-- The Cure all of all Cure Alls!

Excellent Post!

J

Just telling it like it is said...

Oh the so comfortable chicken soup. I eat it often but less homemade. Lipton soup with added chicken for more than just the broth taste...but I did make some greens tonight that were to die for...

blueviolet said...

I just LOVE the way you cook!

doggybloggy said...

not lacking in sodium thats for sure - I have been eating so much soup lately I am going to float away.

buffalodick said...

Chris- I think I'll make bean dip supreme today, or soon!
Rachel- Any home made soup is usually pretty good!
John- Glad you liked it..Joke must be 40 years old, or older!
Darngirl- We have a company that sells bags of soup in many flavors to restaurants in the area- you'd swear they were home made!
BlueV- A sure way to eat better, and save a ton of money, is to cook at home..
DogB- The only sodium was from the low- sodium chicken broth..Big sit down wedding last night- no food today!

Mona said...

I am going to try making that soup. I like the idea of baking chicken before using it .

The pasta makes it more wholesome!

buffalodick said...

Mona- It speeds up the soup making process a bit..

JihadGene said...

I loved that old joke!

Tanya Kristine said...

i make the best tomato soup.

chop an onion saute it in butter over med heat.

add can of yellow tomatoes, heat, simmer. remove from heat, add pint of heavy whipping cream, cool & blend til smooth. (i like to save some chunky stuff)...man o man. simple yet DELICIOUS!!! oh and MOST IPORTANT, top with dollop of sour cream

Shelly W said...

Your soup looks great! I like making things with whatever's on hand sometimes, too. Lots of times you end up creating something really good! I'm totally with you on nachos! We do the same thing here at home. Yours look deeeeelicious!