The holiday rush kicked in and I've been missing in action from the blog world for a while now. But things are calming down...somewhat! Now that I've almost caught up on all of my custom orders, I have time to stress over Christmas present buying (which I haven't even begun yet). *sigh*
I did find time to make myself some homemade sunday chicken soup. (there's always time for food in my book...) It simmered on the stove for a good three hours and was done just in time for dinner. Why don't they make a chicken soup air freshener? I must say...the smell of chicken, celery, onions and carrots simmering is a heavenly aroma.
Here's the recipe:
(I got it from my mom..tweaked a little to my liking. Is this recipe a family secret? oops..I hope not!)
4 chicken legs (this time around I used 5 chicken thighs)
1 large onion, sliced
5 celery stalks, sliced (I like to include a pile of celery leaves chopped)
8 chicken bouillion cubes (I ended up using 10)
2 to 3 carrots
egg noodles or rice (egg noodles are my fave)
Cover the chicken w/ water in a large pot and boil. When cooked, remove, cool and pick off the pieces and put back in the pot. Save all the juices in the pot.
Add all but egg noodles and simmer at least 2 hours. I like to add a few more cups of water as it's simmering to replace some of the lost liquid from evaporation (which accounts for the extra bouillion I used).
Add noodles 1 hr. before serving. (I've actually found that a half hour is enough for the egg noodles, as any more and they fall apart too much).
Finally...the skin that I pulled off of the chicken legs earlier, instead of discarding that I put it on a cookie sheet and baked them with garlic salt and pepper until slightly crispy. A delicious (and probably very unhealthy) snack!