Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Comfort Me With Soup

"Do you have a kinder, more adaptable friend in the food world than soup?"
                        Miss Manners (a.k.a. Judith Martin)

It seems as if seasonal cold germs have taken up residence in our home.  John's cold is lingering into its third week, and mine came quickly and left quickly. But now it seems back to stay.  So what do we yearn for when we're sick?  Chicken Soup. Right?

Although I want the comfort and warmth of chicken soup, I don't particularly feel like doing all the work. So this recipe from Alice Waters by way of Serious Eats has become my go to chicken soup.  It's easy, it's comforting and it's flavorful.  What more could we want except for our damn colds to go away?

Did I mention that it is cold and sleeting outside?  Even more reason to have this soup for dinner.

Note:  I didn't use the parsnip nor the dill, as I had neither on hand.  This is good sprinkled with some grated Pecorino or Parmesan.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Back to Reality

After what seemed like weeks of holiday eating and drinking with total abandon, it was the right time to return to more healthy eating.

On the heels of three heavy snowstorms in rapid succession, I had no desire to go to the market.  You see, our local chain supermarket is in the midst of their annual can-can sale.  That coupled with the threat of snow sends everyone into the store to clog the aisles lest they be stranded with no milk, bread or canned tomatoes.

I came across this old recipe, and as I had everything on hand, it seemed to be the perfect dish for dinner.