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Saturday, January 14, 2012

First, you start with this

Sorry I've been gone so long. Christmas, New Years, and a sudden and tragic death in my family has left this homegirl this side of distracted.

I'm not going to get into it, because although it is a personal story, it's not just personal to me and I respect my family's privacy, even though this blog is as much about human experience as it is about food. I will say that my family and I have been grieving and learning a little more today than we knew yesterday about each other. I have a new and greater appreciation for my grandmother.

Because I care about the people I love through food, my first instinct was to start cooking. Turns out it was my grandmother's first instinct as well. Without collaboration she made turkey soup and I made chicken noodle. We kind of gave each other a little cock-of-the-head sign of appreciation in the kitchen. We both thought we had absolutely nothing in common. Turns out we are more alike than either of us is comfortable admitting.

So this is what you do. You love the way you know how. And in my case, you start with some homemade chicken stock from your uncle:


Round it out to 6 cups with a little Knorr and add a heaping teaspoon of poultry seasoning. Bring to a boil. Add two chopped carrots (peeled), two chopped celery ribs, a whole medium yellow onion, minced. Press in a clove of garlic and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes. Boil a pot of egg noodles (for 8 minutes) and grill some chicken until completely cooked in some olive oil, salt and pepper and chop into pieces. Add both to the broth and let simmer for 10 minutes. Serve.


This freezes really well, so it's good if you make large portions to freeze some so you don't get sick of it and you can have it later.

Chicken noodle soup is the culinary equivalent of a hug from the mother you miss or the mother you wish you had. Amen to that.

It's funny when you have a new appreciation for someone that has been in your life since you had a life. I find myself calling my grandma now to check on her and to chat. We have a warmth and affection for each other in our voices that didn't exist before. We have recognized something in one another. And that is a gift.

15 comments:

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  2. Wow thanks for recipe it have to be very delisious!mmmmm soup!)

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  3. very good post! need to say you did a great job and i really appreciate it!

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  4. interesting! information! thanks a for sharing!

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  5. That is amazing. I absolutely love it!

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  6. thank you for the post. it is not usual and it is rare to see nowadays posts like this one

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  9. It looks very delicious. I want to try this one at home. I haven't cooked chicken noodle soup in a while now. Thanks for sharing. nyc catering

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  10. from the mother you miss or the mother you wish you had.

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