Wednesday, February 20, 2008

There she goes again...

Kerrie is sick. And not sick like me, like when I laugh at movies like Marathon Man, but really sick.

In hopes of making her feel a little better, I whipped up a pot of Chicken Soup. Chicken soup is one of those "traditional" home remedies that has yet to be conclusively proven to be beneficial to someone who is ill. Studies indicate that Chicken soup does go to work on the white blood cells, slowing inflammation.

Personally, I love chicken soup regardless of my current state of wellness. It's a soothing, flavorful comfort food with chopped bits of animal flesh.


Chicken Soup w/ Spaghetti

1 lb. Chicken Thighs
2 Onions
1 whole head of Garlic
2 Ribs celery, chopped
1 Carrot, chopped
1 stalk each: Thyme, Oregano, Basil
1 t. Whole Peppercorns
1 t. Old Bay
1 T. Kosher Salt

4 oz. Spaghetti per person
Fresh chopped Parsley

In a stock pot, bring 12 cups water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add the whole head of garlic. (Don't peel it, chop it, play with it: Nothing.)
In the meantime, heat a grill pan over medium high heat. Take the onions and cut off the ends. Peel the onions and rub with a small amount of olive oil. Place on the grill pan (whole) and grill for about one minute per side or until nicely "marked".
Take the onions and put them on a cutting board, cut them in half, then return to the grill pan and mark the flat sides. Toss the onions into the pot along with the Celery, Carrot, Herbs and Peppercorns.
While the grill pan is still hot, sear off the chicken thighs. The chicken should be nicely caramelized, but it is okay if you see a little pink. Add them to the broth along with the Old Bay and the Kosher Salt and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, strain the soup of ALL solids but make sure you save the chicken. Return the strained broth to the stock pot and lower heat.
At this point, cook spaghetti according to product specific instructions. When ready, drain and divide among bowls.
Chop reserved chicken and divide among bowls.
Add broth to each bowl and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.


The LA's - There She Goes
Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died
Tom Petty - American Girl
Breeders - Cannonball
Portishead - Sour Times

Is it safe? - Ha Ha Ha, I'm laughing just thinking about it...

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