Simple As Chicken Soup
Haven't these past few days been wonderful? I'm so happy with who we have in the White House.
President Obama. It has such a nice ring to it. It was supposed to be so improbable, that maybe it might have been destined.
Soon after the election, famed blogger Pim, of Chez Pim, blogged about the election in a post called Chicken Soup For The American Soul. When I saw the post, I saved it under soup recipes on delicious. Eventually I'd be making chicken soup too. Pim described the soup this way.
"This simple and intensely flavorful soup was the perfect food for the climate that night - comforting, renewing, just what we needed, a chicken soup for the American soul."
Well, the weather got colder. I had some chicken broth ready. Carrots, onions, and celery were stocked in the fridge. And I was feeling ready for a simple comfort. I'm not even a big chicken soup fan.
But sometimes deep in your soul, you know that it's time for chicken soup. And the Inauguration was quickly coming upon us. I don't know if I had the Presidential transition intertwined with this soup in my subconscious, but I decided that it was time to make some chicken soup.
I don't have a true recipe for you, but I used Pim's as a starting point. I roughly chopped some carrots, onions, and celery. Maybe about 2 cups total. Sauteed them in a soup pan with some olive oil and Smart Balance and crushed garlic. I cooked some chicken breasts. Let them cool and cut the chicken into big chunks. I added the chicken broth to the soup pan with some salt, lemon pepper, ground ginger, Indian curry seasoning, and a bit of brown sugar to eliminate the bitterness.
Stir the ingredients, cover the pot, and let boil. I may have added some peas, spinach, and corn too. I don't remember. I was cooking fast and didn't have time to write everything down. But I added some cooked ruffle pasta later, the chopped chicken, and then the soup cooked some more until the flavors came together.
This soup was really good and G loved it. I'll have to make it again. Even without instructions, you can make this soup too. Use ingredients that you love. Those foods that nourish you and feed your soul.
*Updated* 2/16/09 - I should have updated this a while ago, but I wanted to let you know and thank Public Radio Kitchen for linking to this story. Click here to see it.
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