Monday, July 12, 2010

TMTT ~ Comfort Meal

Blessed with Grace
So I'm having a nasty summer cold in my chest and I think I'm needing some comfort food. I know it's summer time but soup was what I needed :).
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The Best Chicken Soup Ever (yes that was the name they gave it - click link)
The Best Chicken Soup Ever

Ingredients

  • 1 (2 to 3 pound) whole chicken
  • 3 stalks celery with leaves, chopped
  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cubes beef bouillon, crumbled
  • 1 packet chicken noodle soup mix
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pinch dried thyme
  • 1 pinch poultry seasoning
  • 1 pinch dried basil
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pinch dried parsley
  • 1 (8 ounce) package farfalle (bow tie) pasta

Directions

  1. Place chicken in a large pot and cover with water. Place celery leaves in pot and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until chicken is cooked through, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove chicken from pot and place in a bowl until cool enough to handle.
  2. Meanwhile, strain the cooking liquid, discard the celery tops and place the cooking liquid in a large pot. Place celery, carrots, onion, bouillon, soup mix and chicken broth in the pot and let simmer. Season with thyme, poultry seasoning, basil, peppercorns, bay leaves and parsley.
  3. Bone chicken and cut up meat into bite-size pieces. Return meat to pot. Cook until vegetables are tender and flavors are well blended, up to 90 minutes.
  4. Stir pasta into pot and cook 10 to 15 minutes more, until noodles are al dente. Serve hot.
ALEXIS NOTES: As you know I have thing with chicken on the bone I hate working with it! So I did this a little different I cut up the chicken and cooked it up. I added the liquids and cranked it up, yes I started late and didn't have 90 minutes for it to cook!
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Country Biscuits
2 C. flour

1 T. baking powder

3/4 t. salt

5 T. butter or margarine

2/3 C. milk

Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a large mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter. Add milk and stir it in with a fork.

Put dough on a floured cutting board. Knead about 15 turns into a ball. Roll out to about 3/4 inches. Cut with a biscuit cutter. Place biscuits on a ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 12 - 14 minutes, until medium brown.

ALEXIS NOTES: I love this recipe I usually do half whole wheat and a little less salt. This one I found about 2 months back and have made it about 10 times. We love our bread here!

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And to end the night Jello it feels so good for your throat. Plus I'm cheap and the boys wanted fruit and jello cups.

Fruit & Jello Cups
2 Boxes Sugar Free Jello
2 Cups Boiling Water
1 Cup Fruit Juice (drained from the fruit can)
1 Cup Cold Water
1 can of Fruit
Yes for the ones that count I'm one less in the fridge come to find out it makes 7 cups instead of the 8 I planned for. I'm loving these little reusable cups.

So there is my comfort food, enjoy!!

18 comments:

  1. It's my time of the month and boy does this sound soothing!

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  2. YUM! i don't know why i always want soup when its so darn hot out...but i do! lol and this one looks really yummy!

    i was going to make myself some sugar free jello to go with my fat free cool whip yesterday...but to my surprise...no jello!! crap.

    hope you're feeling better!!

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  3. Chicken soup is always good! We've never had biscuits with it, but it sounds like a good combination.

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  4. Why don't you like chicken on the bone?
    You get so much flavor from the bones....

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  5. Sounds so yummie.. I make my own chicken soup to but use the slow cooker. I cook the chicken legs and then while doing that turn on the slow cooker and put the carrots and celery in there and two tablespoons chicken flavored cubes. I dont use the cubes though.I buy the big jars.. and then I cook the chicken for about 20 minutes and then pour the water from that into my slow cooker since I only put enough water at the bottom to cover the carrots and celery. and then debone the chicken and put chicken in slow cooker..

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  6. Sounds yummy. I saw a recipe for peppercorn schnapps that said it was good for a cold. Neither of these are good for me on a hot day when I'm having hot flashes! I'll have to wait for cooler weather!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

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  7. Great idea to put the jello in those cups!

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  8. Sorry you aren't feeling well. Those summer colds are icky! I hope you feel better - and yum on the biscuits. That's almost exactly my Gram's recipe, and one of the few I know of that don't ask for Bisquick!

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  9. I LOVE!!! chicken soup and with homemade biscuits even BETTER!!! and jello for dessert YUMMY!!! YUM!!!
    THANKS!!! for stopping by and leaving a nice comment.
    Geri

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  10. I hope you have feel better.. Hugs to you.. Thanks for a look into comfort food..

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  11. Everything looks so good. I love the idea to make Jello in the little reusable cups. And I totally get your thing with chicken on the bone. I have the same problem.

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  12. Oh, yum! We love soup and those biscuits sound delish! Love that you made them a tad healthier. I do the same with a lot of mine. :D

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  13. I smile every time I read the title of your blog. It speaks to me on so many levels!!!

    This looks like a great meal when you don't feel well. Hope you feel better soon!

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  14. I like comfort food any time of the year!

    Hope you're feeling better soon!

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  15. Yummy, everything looks ands ounds amazing!

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  16. Thanks for all the recipes. I haven't made soup, this sounds delicious.

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  17. definitely going into my recipe pile!

    and I'm a big fan of any kind of homemade dough item

    YUM

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  18. What great recipes... so sorry you aren't feeling well.
    I think those biscuits sound yummy, I really thought you were going to post a Bisquick recipe. I am so impressed that you make them from scratch.
    The Jello cups sound delicious and I know that they are really perfect for when you are not feeling well.
    Hope you are up to par soon.

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