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Heartwings Love Notes 906 - Chicken Soup Made Simple

Heartwings says, "Chicken Soup is good for what ails you, and tastes good too."

When my mother wanted chicken broth, she had to make it herself from scratch. The chicken broth that comes in a box is one of my favorite ingredients, useful in all sorts of recipes. I often use it to supplement cooking oil when I am frying a mixture with a starch, like rice or another grain and vegetables. It is a good substitute for additional fat when the mixture needs more "juice" to keep form drying out. I use it to enrich soups or make a white sauce for any number of recipes. It adds flavor, cuts back on calories when frying, or helps make soup the easy way.

The other night I was casting about for something simple to make for supper. I often have some soup already made or a nice leftover I can reheat and maybe add to. That night I didn't. Then I remembered the cans of chunk chicken on my pantry shelf. I had thought of these cans as being of use in a salad, however, soup felt more appropriate for a chilly evening. I opened the can of chicken chunks and poured the small amount of broth in the can into a pot. Then I began to add ingredients.

First came boxed chicken broth—around two cups. I had a few mushrooms, so I sliced them up. I added finely chopped celery and chopped a small onion. There were some leftover cooked carrots in the 'fridge. I cut those in smaller pieces. Lastly, I added thyme, lemon pepper, chopped parsley and ground garlic. Once I brought the mixture to a boil, I added a handful of rice noodles and let it all cook for around ten minutes. It was delicious.

You can vary the ingredients to suit yourself. Curry powder might be nice, as would turmeric. The celery is important for flavor Ground garlic is a very helpful ingredient and not strong tasting, yet it adds some tang. The main ingredients are the broth and the chicken. If you have leftover rice you can use that. A quick supper is a wonderful help on a busy day. With the holidays coming days become busier than ever.

May you enjoy your cooking experiences and feel satisfied with your recipes.

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Tasha Halpert

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