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Hot and Sour Chicken Soup

One of the best things to warm you up on a cold evening is a good bowl of soup.  I love to make soups because they are so incredibly easy and can bring a complex array of tastes to the table in less than an hour.  I love that clean up is minimal, just the soup pot, some measuring cups and the cutting board.

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Buffalo Chicken Chili

This chili recipe is adapted from Rachael Ray.  I loved the idea of a spicy buffalo chicken chili but it was lacking something. With a few adjustments and a little tweaking, It is a hearty delicious meal great for a chilly evening.  It is also great to serve on game day over tortilla chips, garnished with blue cheese and extra hot sauce on the side.

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Island Inspired Chicken Soup

We had many lovely meals on our recent trip to St. John.  A side dish that I was very fond of  was created by simply stewing tomatoes, black beans, cilantro and lime juice.  My mind and palate began to think.  If I improvised, this could easily serve as a main meal.  It was that delicious!   I thought about it last night and decided to put together a soup based on those flavors.  It was simple and easy.  My husband added hot sauce and asked me if I wrote the recipe down.  I guess this one is a keeper.

Ingredients:


1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can black beans-drained but not rinsed
2 cups bite sized rotisserie chicken
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tbsp lime juice
3 cloves minced garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 tsp black pepper
salt
Preparation:
In a stock pot over medium heat, saute the garlic and onions in the olive oil until translucent.
Add the cilantro and cook for 1 minute.
Next add the chicken, tomatoes, beans, chicken stock and lime juice.  Add the black pepper and salt to taste.  Simmer for 30 minutes on low heat.  
Try serving this soup with crusty french bread, perfect for soaking up the broth.
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Asian Dumpling Soup

I am not quite sure where Spring went yesterday.  It was rainy, cold and a blustery 47 degree F.  My 4 year old daughter was home with a fever and I was busy putting back the pieces after a pipe in the wall started leaking water into our bathroom.  The day was filled with phone calls, contractors, plumbers and appointments; not to mention that my eyes are having horrific allergies.  So, to me, soup was just the thing for dinner; just what Dr. Mom ordered!  Here is what I created with what I found in the fridge.

Serves 4:

Ingredients:

4 cups of chicken stock
12 frozen Asian Chicken Potstickers (I like the ones from Trader Joes but wontons or dumplings will do)
1/2 cup frozen spinach
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger ( I love using the ginger in the prepackaged tubes in the produce section of the grocer.)
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 green onions diced
3 tablespoons of soy sauce
1/2 cup  fresh sliced mushrooms

Preparation:

 In a large stockpot, bring the chicken stock to a gentle simmer.  Add all ingredients and simmer on low for 20 minutes.

I typically serve this soup with a salad with homemade Asian dressing. 

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Southwest Chicken Soup

Its a rainy day on Cape Cod.  Not as chilly but certainly gray and gloomy.  My husband is still out of town and the kids have swimming this morning and tennis in the afternoon.  I am thinking about making something yummy for dinner tonight.  Something that will warm me up and take the chill off.  I’m thinking about my sister’s southwest soup.  It is so incredibly easy and delicious.  I love it when meals transport me to different places.  This one certainly does!

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Moroccan Chicken Soup

A cold snap has blown over Cape Cod again.  I thought that it would be another great week for soup.  This one is easy and has a wonderful blend of spices.  I do not make soups very much in the Spring or Summer.  I mostly reserve them for Fall and Winter.  So, I am taking advantage of the cold before we warm up for good. 

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 onion-finely chopped
1 teaspoon garam masala
5 cup chicken stock
1 (14.5 oz.) can of diced tomatoes
2 (15.5 oz.) canned chick peas
2 zucchini- cut into bite size pieces
1/2 cup plain uncooked couscous
1 rotisserie chicken-skin discarded, meat removed and cut into bite size pieces
salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

1.  Heat olive oil in a large stock pot.  Over medium heat, saute onions until slightly caramel color.  Stir in garam masala and cook about 30 seconds until fragrant.

2.  Add remainder of the ingredients.  Simmer covered over low heat for about 20 minutes. 

3.  Serve with warm crusty bread.

I discovered this recipe in our local supermarket courtesy of Cook’s magazine. I have also put the recipe on Tastebook for your convenience as well. 

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Avgolemono Soup

Here is a delicious greek soup for you to try this week.  Serve it with crusty bread for dipping. 
Ingredients:
4 boneless chicken breasts-cut into bite size pieces
8 cups of chicken stock
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, finely diced
2 bay leaves
1 leek, cleaned and cut into bite size pieces
1 carrot, peeled and cut into rounds
2/3 cup uncooked rice
2 large eggs
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper

Preparation:

1. In a large stock pot, sauté the chicken, onions, leek, carrot, in the olive oil.

2. Add the chicken stock, uncooked rice and bay leaves. Simmer on low for 40 minutes.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and lemon juice. Remove 2 cups of broth from the soup and slowly combine it with the egg mixture while whisking continuously. Once well combined, add back into the chicken soup. Stir well to combine. Salt and pepper to taste.

Adapted from a recipe by Cat Cora.  The original can be found on http://www.foodnetwork.com/

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

I lived in Southern California for about 15 years and during that time, I fell in love with some of the most fantastic Mexican food out there.  I even became pretty good at cooking Mexican food.  Since, I am in Southern California right now, how fitting for me to warm up my East Coast friends with this yummy soup.  I won’t mention that the sunshine is glorious and it is about 80 right now.

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Chicken and Tortellini Soup with Herbs

Yes, we do eat chicken.  We just don’t eat our pet chickens.  Here is a quick and yummy recipe for tortellini soup that is terrific for another fantastic fall weekend.  It is a quick one pot meal that your family is sure to love.  Try it on Halloween night if you are short for time before trick or treating.  It is a Tilly’s Nest original that I’m sure you will love!