A'righty Now!! All this talk about Swine Flu, chicken soup is still the best way to feed your body when you're feelin' low. Not any chicken soup, try making your own. IT'S NOT HARD! I promise, and I'm going to give you the recipe my mama gave me.
Wash your hands, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, and wash your hands, or use wipes, or that liquid stuff that cleans, and wash your hands. Trust the LORD and LIVE YOUR LIFE. It has been awhile since I've seen and heard so many panicky young folks. Fear of the unseen can really spoil some good things happening in people's lives. Learn to use common sense, so if you do get sick you'll take percautions, and like the lil' pink bunny - you keep on going, and going, and going. Now back to the chicken soup.
First, go to the grocery store
get one whole chicken (okay take the easy way, get it cut up). You really should get the dark and light meat for flavor and I think they add differently in nutrition, even tho' I no nothing of nutrition. I'm just a mom.
CLEAN/WASH THE CHICKEN. Folks I don't care what you see on the various cooking networks (LOVE EM'), wash/clean your meat, you don't know whose funky hands have been on that food before you take it out of the package. I know technology has come so far.
Cover the chicken with cold water. ADD: celery cut up 1-3 stalks. I like the leaves, and the amount is up to you. 2 carrots cut up in chunky pieces. One large onion chopped, and I like green pepers and sweet red ones chopped in medium pieces. Garlic, 2-3 cloves, smashed. I like rosemary too, salt and pepper. Taste your food - you know what you like. When it comes to a boil, simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, let the flavors take over.
Some of you may like noodles. I get the thick ones (love em'), lot's of them.
I like dumplin's. Now these aren't hard to make either. Trust me!!
1 1/2C flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
3 teaspoon Crisco (hard, white)
couple of pinches of parsley
3/4 Cup of milk or buttermilk
mix baking powder, flour, salt and parsley, cut in Crisco, mix lightly milk. (don't handle it alot).
I take a tablespoon and break some off, add it to the boiling chicken stock, let it simmer for 8-10 minutes, and eat up.
Check on the internet about nutritional facts of chicken soup.
If you REAAALY can't cook, Progresso has a wonderful Chicken Noodle Soup, so does Campbell's. I hope you try to fix it, and let me know how it came out. ENJOY!!!