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Monday, July 5, 2010

Homemade White Chicken Soup Recipe


When you think about “homemade” it is hard to not to think about some good ole homemade chicken soup.  I have made chicken soup from scratch but normally cut some corners by using some precooked chicken and skipping the whole chicken stock process.  This time I decided to do things closer to “how my grandma would make it”.

Homemade Chicken Stock Recipe


  • 4-5 lbs of chicken breasts (skin on)
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 large onion (peeled and cut in half)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 12 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 celery stock broken in half (3 stalks set aside)
  • 1/2 lb of baby carrots
  • 3 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • chicken bouillon powder or concentrate to make 6 cups of chicken broth (about 1/4 cup chicken bouillon powder)
  • Add chicken to pot and fill with water to just cover chicken
  • Cook over high heat to bring water to boil, reduce heat and cover then simmer for 30 minutes
  • Skim off and fat floating on top (with chicken breasts there shouldn’t be too much here)
  • Place remaining ingredients into pot and simmer for 1 hour


  • Strain solids and dispose everything but chicken which when cool enough to handle cut into bite size pieces


Homemade White Chicken Soup Recipe

  • Homemade chicken stock (see above)
  • 1/2 pound baby carrots (sliced)
  • 3 stalks celery (halved and sliced)
  • 1 tsp chopped parsley
  • Cooked chicken (chopped in bite size pieces)
  • Wide egg noodles
  • Return stock back to pot and add carrots and celery to pot.   Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.


  • Add the chicken and parsley to the pot and serve over cooked egg noodles.

Note: You can also add the uncooked at the same time as chicken/parsley and boil for 10 minutes (or until noodles are soft) though this is way to much for our family to eat in 1-2 sittings so we normally freeze about 2/3 of this for a few easy meals later.

Last Minute Dinner: BBQ Chicken Pizza


I have not always been great at planning a heads and here is a perfect example.  With a quick scan of the refrigerator and bread box I found the following original creation that turned out pretty good.

For the crust I went with these new Oroweat Sandwich Thins, they are only 100 calories for both sides and seemed pretty pizza crustlike.


Next I applied a thin layer of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce and topped some BBQ chicken leftover from the previous day which I chopped up into small pieces.

Last I sprinkled some Italian and cheddar cheese on top and baked on a cookie sheet for about 8-9 minutes at 350 degree F until cheese is thoroughly melted.

I chose to skip the ranch drizzled on the top, but my wife said it tasted great.  Sometimes improvisation works out pretty good anyone else have a similar story for a 5-10 minute last minute dinner?

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth of July


Simple little cake made from angel food cake, strawberries, blueberries and a bit of whipped cream.  This tastes great and though not completely guiltless, I know I can do much worse…