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.


  1. Blimey, hope you both feel better soon. Pull up a chair, wrap yourself in a blanket and this soup should do the trick. Spring is around the corner (I hope).

  2. I am sorry you're feeling under the weather. Hope you feel better soon. The chicken soup looks beautiful. I hope it will help you feel better. Try honey lemon tea. It works for me. I will keep you im my prayers.

  3. Sorry the crud found your house, but soup cures all (and I still swear by organic cider vinegar!). Finally home for a few months, the first thing I made was a big pot of homemade veggie soup lousy with zucchini and purple cabbage along with the usual suspects) - nothing makes one feel warmer and cozier. Incidentally, other than a bowl shared with a neighbor who came by for a chat, I found I inhaled 1/2 the stock pot by dinner. Ms. Manners was not kidding.

  4. Thank you, ladies, for your kind words. The good thing about colds is that they are self-limiting. Well, at least they are supposed to be. Another six inches of new snow outside the door this morning. More soup!

  5. We've had a rough go of it in our household, too. Rotten colds! Soup---and Sleep---are the best remedies. Hope you and John are on the mend.

  6. Michele Sorry you guys are all sick. Hope you get well soon. Love the soup though. Alice Waters. One of my Guru's B:)