Chicken Soup and Chicken Soup

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Today a friend of mine landed himself in the hospital with a mini-heart attack.  He’s in his 30s and he’s a runner.  Yikes.  I’ve dedicated my weekend to giving him more TLC than a video about chasing waterfalls and what’s more TLC-inducing than a big ol’ bowl of homemade chicken soup?  Two bowls, that’s what.

Here are the recipes – Darla style (which doesn’t resemble a recipe at all).

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Chicken Tortilla Soup: Cook and shred a whole (need I say organic?) chicken.  Add a jar of good salsa (not that preservative-filled crap, but the real stellar stuff), a can of crushed tomatoes, the shredded chicken and some uncooked rice to a pot of homemade chicken stock.  Let it stew to combine the flavors.  Add salt, pepper and a natural hot sauce as needed.  Just before serving add lots of freshly chopped cilantro.  Spoon into bowls and top with sliced avocado and broken tortilla chips.  Take that El Vez – just kidding I take it back – I love you.

Chicken Barley Soup: Cook and shread a whole chicken (sound familar?  I love ripping meat off a bone – so much dirtier sounding than intended).  Add chopped carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, the shredded chicken and uncooked barley to a pot of homemade chicken stock.  Let it stew to combine the flavors.  Add salt, pepper and herbs de provence as needed.  Serve with a good whole grain bread (or a gluten-free rice variety).

Tuck ailing friend in and call it a night – at 3 am.


1 Comment

  1. March 1, 2010 at 1:04 am

    […] mushrooms, turn the pan down and add the egg mixture and some leftover chicken barley soup from the weekend of TLC.  Use a spatula to break everything up and to make sure the omelet gets evenly cooked.  While […]

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