Wikipedia says Americans consume approximately 2.5 billion bowls of Campbell’s canned Tomato, Cream of mushroom and Chicken Noodle Soup each year.
I think it’s because they never tasted good homemade soup. After they do, canned soup *invented in 1897* just doesn’t cut it.
My mission, if I choose to accept it, is to share my best soup recipes so Americans can wean themselves off canned soup. Will it work?
*Almost* Homemade Chicken Soup
- 2 chicken breasts with bones, skin & some fat removed
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 lg. onion, chopped or sliced
- 2 stalks celery, including leaves, sliced
- ½ head cabbage, coarsely sliced
- 1 large potato cut into chunks
- 1 large or 2 med. tomatoes
- 1-8 oz. can mixed vegetables
- 1 pkg. dry Ramen noodle soup w/seasoning packet
- 1-1/2 cup uncooked minute rice
- Store-bought chicken broth, optional
Boil chicken in a large pot with the bay leaf. When thoroughly cooked, remove to a platter to cool. Clean the broth by straining it. I sometimes discard half and use chicken broth for the rest of the liquid.
Add onions, celery, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes, and the can of mixed vegetables. Simmer until potato chunks are tender. Meanwhile, clean chicken off bones and shred. Be careful not to include any small bones.
Add chicken pieces to soup. Add packet of Ramen seasoning. Break Ramen noodles into halves or thirds. Add the rice. Cover, simmer for five minutes and serve. Accept compliments graciously!
Comment: Serve with hot rolls, cornbread or crackers.
Comment: I invented this soup about 20 years ago, and it has never failed to please.
Have you ever made homemade chicken soup? It’s supposed to provide medicinal benefits for at least the common cold, and science backs that up. I just know it’s delicious. And soothing. And nothing warms a winter evening quite so well.
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Book Two of the Silki series, CANYON OF DOOM, launched right before Christmas. It’s available in paperback…and soon in all eBook formats. Here’s a brief synopsis:
Stealing money isn’t the aim of the Mesa Redondo bank robbers. They want the mysterious metal object Silki and her best friend Birdie discovered in the bogs at Canyon Daacha. With Birdie headed up to Kayenta for the rest of the summer, Silki navigates wide-eyed and solo through a whirl of thievery, scary characters, lost artifacts, and a shadowy stranger Silki dubs “Amber Eyes.” Against a backdrop of Monsoon season floods and quicksand, Silki’s plight is complicated by the hateful slurs of a rebellious cousin her family must rescue before it’s too late. Soon, Silki finds herself smack dab in the middle of a plot stretching all the way back to World War II and reaching right into the very soul of her own family.
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Jodi Lea Stewart was born in Texas and grew up in Apache County on a cattle ranch near Concho, Arizona. She left the University of Arizona in Tucson to move to San Francisco, where she learned about peace, love and exactly what she didn't want to do with her life. Since then, Jodi graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Business Management, raised two children, worked as an electro-mechanical drafter, penned humor columns for a college periodical, wrote regional western articles and served as managing editor of a Fortune company newsletter. She currently resides in Texas and New Mexico with her husband, two Standard poodles, two rescue cats and numerous gigantic, bossy houseplants. Silki, the Girl of Many Scarves: SUMMER OF THE ANCIENT is her first novel. CANYON OF DOOM is her second novel in the Silki, the Girl of Many Scarves series.