RN in ICU, can you please post some of your recipes?
I make good chicken noodle soup, and was just thinking of making some yesterday!
I picked my dtr up at school one day, she got in the car, and said, Are you making chicken noodle soup? I was shocked, how did you know? She says b/c you smell like it! LOL! I had just finished chopping the veggies and addings the herbs, and had put it on a slow simmer while I left the house. Made me feel good to know she will always associate her mom with the smell of homemade chicken noodle soup.
Here's how I do my soup...
6 chicken thighs w/o skin
Put into large soup pot, and cover with water to 2" below the rim of pot
add two chicken buillon cubes
several stalks of celery sliced in 1/2 inch chunks
(The secret is to add the tenderest inner stalks and chop the light green leaves too, they add the best flavor)
1 large onion chopped
2 Bay leaves
sprinkle in 2 tbsp parsley
a good amount of garlic powder (this is what cures the cold)
about 1 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
half bag of frozen baby carrots
Add everything to the pot, bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer, cover and simmer for a minimum of two hours, the longer you can, the better. About 2 hrs after cooking, I take out the thighs, and removes all the bones, putting the chicken back in.
15 minutes before eating, I throw in Farfale (Bow-Tie) pasta, and cook til al dente.
Mom always said not to put the pasta into the soup, to cook it seperately, so the pasta isn't soggy the next day. But if you don't overcook it in the first place, it's OK. I did it this way, b/c my son was such a picky eater, I figured he'd get some of the "juices" of chicken and veggies absorbed into the noodles.
I once made two HUGE pots of it for a neighbor when her husband was dying, so many family were coming and going and she confided that she felt like she had to feed them and be "on" for them. So, I took the soup over, figured it was a few ties she could just heat something up. My soup got rave reviews. They all thought the farfale noodles were really good in the soup (so I guess they reheated well for them too), and literally everywhere I saw this woman, she raved on about my soup! LOL! One thing is for sure, there is NEVER any thrown away in this house.