Friday, November 21, 2008

For the Soul...

I've been hearing more people around me with the sniffles lately, summoning that flu season is here. And what better for that than a hot bowl of home made chicken soup? Here is a very easy and quick recipe which has depth and rich flavor. I always buy organic chicken thighs with bone in and skin removed, (ask your butcher to do this for you), to enhance to flavor of the broth. This should take about 40 minutes start to finish.

Chicken Soup
serves 4 - 6

1 - 2 TBLS olive oil
6 Organic chicken thighs (bone in, skin removed)
1 cup sliced onion
3 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup diced celery
1 -2 cups washed, and cut green beans
approx 6 cups filtered water
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper

In a large pot, heat olive oil and add sliced onions. Saute for a few minutes, until soft. Add chicken thighs and carrots, celery and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Allow carrot and celery to sweat for about 5 minutes on med- low heat. Add water and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken and set aside to cool. Reduce heat and skim fat off the top of soup. Add green beans, season again with salt and pepper, bring to a simmer. Once chicken is cool enough to handle, remove chicken from bone and pull into nice pieces. Discard any fat or inedible pieces. Return chicken to pot and reheat gently.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Best. Birthday. Ever.

November 4th, 2008 will go down in history as the best birthday I have ever had. I feel proud to be an American, proud to be a part of a working democracy and proud to be a part of this new political era. Go USA!