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Big Black Dog: Rainy Day Chicken Soup

October 8, 2009

Rainy Day Chicken Soup


I decided to have some fun with a new cooking group I heart Cooking Clubs. Every month a different chef will be chosen with weekly themes and we, the members, cook. Sounds easy enough to me!

With featured Chef Nigella Lawson and the weekly theme of "One Pot Wonders" I could not quite decide what to make. I really don't like making anything in just one pot, sort of against the oath I took when I bought my Wolf Range. But then the weather took a drastic change from cool, gorgeous, sunny days to totally creepy, rainy and VERY windy which made my decision easy! And I made Chicken Soup and it was a perfect meal for a cold autumn day.

The recipe actually continues with Matzo Balls which I would have made if I'd had the time and Mr. Tastebuds would have been very impressed with Matzo Balls, believe if he knows his Matzo. But I had a rather busy day and my cupboard had no Matzo Meal. So I served the Chicken Soup with my Homemade Breadsticks and it was delicious.




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Chicken Soup
Recipe adapted from Nigella Lawson

2 small or 1 large boiling or roasting chicken
1 unpeeled onion, halved (I used chopped green onions)
1 rib celery
2 carrots, peeled and chunked
A few stalks parsley
A few peppercorns
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon salt


Put all the ingredients in a large stockpot, cover abundantly with water, and bring to a boil. Skim to remove all the gray scum that will float to the surface, then let cook at a simmer for about 3 hours. Just keep tasting: when the broth tastes golden and chickeny, it's ready. Remove the chicken and, if you like, leave the soup to get cold to you can remove any fat that collects on the surface. That way you can accrue some schmaltz, too.

Reheat the stock, and serve it as a plain soup, or add a few carrot sticks - from about 2 carrots, say - and cook in the soup, adding some torn-up pieces of chicken to warm through at the end. I like to add freshly chopped parsley.




Please visit I heart Cooking Clubs and see what everyone is up too this week. As always our hostesses are Deb of Kahkai Kitchen and Heather of GirliChef.




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25 Comments:

Blogger Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

What a lovely soup! So comforting and homey. Perfect with homemade breadsticks.

October 8, 2009 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

It is getting close to Chicken soup weather here. I love homemade Chicken soup! Yours looks yummy.

October 8, 2009 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Yum. Looks delicious. There is nothing better than soup on a blustery day!

October 8, 2009 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Lori E said...

6:45 a.m. and I am very cold. This will warm me up until I get my nice dark roast coffee at Zenberry coffee shop in town.

October 8, 2009 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

I have been sick with a bad cold for days and that looks so great. Wish a had a big bowl right now, maybe then I could get up and start moving around again.

October 8, 2009 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

great soup! perfect for those creepy cold days. Now if only we'd have a few here, I'd make a pot!

October 8, 2009 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Shelly W said...

This is a perfect cool weather soup. Looks delicious!

October 8, 2009 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I've already made 3 soups in the past two weeks! I love fall!

October 8, 2009 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger The Quintessential Magpie said...

Michelle, that looks delicious, and I love your white bowl! It's the perfect compliment for that soup. YUM!

Happy Foodie Friday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

October 8, 2009 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Hi Michelle, My daughter and I where talking in the car just today about it being time to cook soup... This chicken soup looks wonderful...Will be making it soon...Thanks...
xoxo
Julie

October 8, 2009 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger SnoWhite said...

that looks so inviting :) yum.

October 8, 2009 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I made chicken soup this week too! It was the right weather in the Midwest. I'm not looking forward to this weekend :(

October 8, 2009 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger honeysuckle said...

Isn't Chicken soup the universal language of the kitchen? Nothing taste as great on a cold day and yours looks delicious!po

October 8, 2009 at 10:27 PM  
Blogger Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

I'm so glad it's fall. It's the perfect time for soup suppers! Your photos are beautiful and does justice to your recipe!

October 8, 2009 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Looks delicious, Michelle!
That's the way I like it, with everything cut small. I don't like when dh makes it and the veggies are like big kabollas!

October 8, 2009 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger girlichef said...

Oh yes, this is my kinda meal any day! It looks delicious and comforting...breadsticks or matzo balls...I'd take a big bowl either way!

October 9, 2009 at 7:26 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

What a lovely soup. It's perfect for crisp fall days. It really looks delicious. Have a great day.

October 9, 2009 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Christy Kay said...

I made this soup last night. This morning I added a couple teaspoons of Fajita Seasoning....more sea salt and cracked black pepper. Its outstanding. We like noodles in our chicken soup so we'll add those just before we eat it. Thanks for the lovely recipes.

October 9, 2009 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger food with style said...

looks great and i love your bowls~

October 9, 2009 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger Debinhawaii said...

Gorgeous soup! A perfect one-dish wonder.

October 9, 2009 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger Sherri S said...

Looks delicious! I love chicken soup.

October 10, 2009 at 5:36 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

The weather is calling for chicken soup here in Maine. Next week for sure!

Carol

October 10, 2009 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Brian, the old man said...

This sounds great. I love to make homemade soups and I will have to try your recipe. It is a good time of year to give it a try since the weather is beginning to cool down. We had a high of 84F yesterday and today it is going to be in the low 70's. It is nice out there with a gentle cool breeze. Thanks.

October 10, 2009 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Pierce said...

It's still hot in north Florida but I will take a bowl of soup for lunch anyday. Love it. This looks great.

If that is YOUR stove on your blog template...I am extremely jealous!

October 11, 2009 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Lori E said...

I have never had matzo. Chicken soup is the ultimate comfort food isn't it.
Reminder:
My Writer's Challenge link is up. Why not add a story to the rest. Just tell us about something really nice someone has done for you.

October 11, 2009 at 12:51 PM  

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