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Chicken Noodle Soup – My Way

October 31, 2010

Hey, what do you know? I seem to have take a week off from the blog. Oops! It was a strange week. First my computer rejected my camera’s memory card. Then I found the USB cable but by then it was Thursday and OMG did you see the finale of Project Runway? It made me sick, I tell you! Sick! And what better remedy to what ails you than chicken noodle soup?

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Yep, chicken noodle soup. Nothing earth-shattering here, no exotic ingredients, no astounding new techniques. This is just how I make it and I think it is pretty darn easy. I roasted a chicken last week, so I saved the carcass which still had lots of meat on it and tossed in a stockpot with enough water to cover. Is the water supposed to be hot or cold? I don’t know. I usually go with warm. It’s going to get hot anyway. I bring it to a boil and then reduce the temperature and let it simmer partially covered.

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Meanwhile, I get busy chopping up some veggies and I am not really fussy about them. This celery has probably seen better days, but that’s okay. I chopped it up anyway, including the leaves along with some carrots and onions.

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I let the chicken simmer for awhile. Contrary to popular belief, you really can make a decent stock in not all that much time. You don’t need to simmer all day. Of course, if you had the time, a longer simmer might give you deeper flavor, but when the crack-smoking judges on Project Runway have just pushed you too far, with their on-trend and their you-can-sell-this and thier I-can-see-this-girl and you just can’t take it any more and you need some damn soup, an hour or so will do!

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Remove the chicken pieces from the pot and set them to cool on a cutting board. Dump the carrots, celery and onion into the pot and bring to a boil. Add about half a bag of egg noodles and a few tablespoons of rice, if you like.

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Reduce the heat to about medium-high and consider the grilled cheese you’ll certainly want to along with the life-affirming soup. After all, nobody can force you to wear granny panties and ill-fitting dresses in depressing prints if you don’t want to!

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Here’s one of my favorite combinations – marble rye, a slice of American cheese, a few sliced tomatoes, and some shredded cheddar. And I usually do put another piece of bread on top. Makes it easier to flip that way. Once you’ve got the grilled cheese a-grillin’, get back to that chicken and pluck off all the meat and toss it into the pot.

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When the noodles and rice are tender, turn the heat down and consider seasonings.  I like to keep it simple – salt and pepper, maybe a little garlic powder and celery salt.  And, if I have it on hand, fresh parsley and lots of it.  It really lends a nice herbacious flavor to whole pot of soup

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When your grilled cheese is golden brown on both sides and soft and melty on the inside, it’s time to eat.

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Simple, delicious soup – so easy and so sane, in a world where insanity lurks around the corner, a world where dark green pleather mixed with Little House on the Prairie calico wins fashion design competition. You’re welcome.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2010 12:01 am

    OMG, I totally agree! That finale was b***sh*t! Who were they thinking she could sell to, retirees on safari?! Ugh. Poor Mondo. He was the real winner.

    Your soup looks lovely!

  2. renae permalink
    November 1, 2010 12:37 am

    I need the whole @#$%ing stock potful.

  3. November 1, 2010 12:54 am

    Haaaaa! That was great the way you worked your PR commentary into the very satisfying sounding soup and sandwich combo.

  4. November 1, 2010 9:52 pm

    You did it your way and so did Gretchen. The difference is you made a thing of beauty. (haha-I’m such a suck-up!)

  5. November 2, 2010 1:32 am

    Mmm…chicken noodle soup! I LOVE soup! I like to put a lot of garlic in mine, and maybe a little crushed red pepper for some more kick.

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