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Farmer’s Market Chicken Soup

8 May

Healthy and fresh, with a surprising amount of flavor

I’ve never been a fan of chicken soup for a very specific reason. When growing up and home sick from school my mom, like any good mother of the era, served me Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup. I’m not going to bash Campbell’s! Their soups make casseroles divine! And if nothing else, a benefit of the Covid crisis has been a revival of the company that was about to go bankrupt. Suddenly, everyone wants Campbell’s Soup!

But … even now when I even smell that distinctive flavor of Campbell’s classic Chicken Noodle Soup, I almost throw up. It makes me think of being wracked with fever and chills, and being rubbed down with alcohol (I often would get 104 or above fever when I had the flu.) The smell brings back nothing but terrible memories.

So I never made chicken soup. Yuck!

Then a couple of years ago a friend made some chicken soup for me and I had no choice but to try it. I was amazed by how good it was! It was light, fresh and healthy. Delicious. Not what I remembered.

In the intervening couple of years, I’ve been playing with various versions on my own, trying to find the perfect recipe. I think I’ve finally found it.

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Farmer’s Market Chicken Soup

There are a two keys to this recipe:

– Freshest best ingredients possible (straight from the Farmer’s Market, natch)

– Taking the time initially to cook the chicken while making an incredible broth that becomes the basis for this wonderful soup.

The recipe may take a few steps and a little time, but it’s easy and you can make a lot of the elements in advance, even a day or so ahead. While I love the recipe exactly as presented, you can add any other vegetables  or fresh herbs you find at the market. I’ve added a few suggestions here myself. 

Give it a try! It’s killer good and made even better served over my garlic rice. Continue reading

A Killer “No-Cook” Summer Pasta

30 Jun
Summer Pasta Ingredients

Ingredients for a fresh summer pasta

My favorite season is Fall for a variety of reasons, not least of which is I look best in fall clothes and it’s all about me. Summer is wonderful, however, because summer means fresh vegetables everywhere. If a bounty of fresh veg doesn’t mean happiness to you, you haven’t been served vegetables the right way.

I have a good friend who refused to eat vegetables, no matter how I served them. Only after years of cajoling did I convince her to try some of mine. She is now a vegetable freak, she can’t get enough. One night she finally explained, “My mom used to take broccoli and boil it until it was white. That’s how she cooked all our vegetables. I thought that was how vegetables tasted!”

Makes me want to weep for vegetable haters everywhere.

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Summer’s Bounty

While we covered a great way to cook vegetables in an earlier post about roasting (Sunday Night Vegetable Roast) another of my favorite ways to eat fresh vegetables is with pasta. In the fall when not in season, roasted vegetables are a wonderful combination with pasta. But when you have vegetables fresh off the vine, there’s no need even to cook them! Trust me on this.

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