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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Country Living's "Chicken Noodle Soup"....... Well Friends, After last night's "real life drama"...I am ready for an evening of "cozy comforts"! I'm planning on lighting a fire, plumping up the pillows, & draping myself with a big old quilt!.....Dinner will be something warm & delicious, most likely eaten in front of the T.V.....but no news or world events tonight for this family!....As we all curl up to enjoy this November evening, the only "voting outcome" I will be concerned about is.... "who'll be voted out on Dancing with the Stars"!!!!.......Get cozy & enjoy your evening!.......Heidi XO

"Cozy Quilt"...courtesy of Ralph Lauren.......

Note: Country Living's Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe:
1 (3 1/2-pound) whole chicken
3 quart(s) low-sodium chicken broth
6 carrots, peeled
4 stalk(s) celery, ends trimmed
3 medium onions, peeled
5 black peppercorns
1 clove(s) garlic, crushed
10 sprig(s) parsley
2 sprig(s) thyme
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
4 leeks, tops and root ends removed
1 teaspoon(s) salt
1 teaspoon(s) fresh-ground pepper
3 cup(s) (5 ounces) medium egg noodles

Make the stock: Place the chicken and chicken broth in a large stockpot and set it over medium heat. Roughly chop 2 carrots, 2 celery ribs, and 1 onion and add to the broth. Add the peppercorns, garlic, 2 sprigs of parsley, thyme, bay leaf, and enough water to just cover the chicken. Bring the broth to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until the chicken is very tender -- about 1 1/4 hours -- skimming the surface periodically. Remove the chicken and place in a large bowl. Strain the broth through a very fine sieve into a large, clean bowl or stockpot. Discard the vegetables.
Make the soup: Skim any fat off the top of the strained broth and discard. Slice the remaining carrots, celery, onions, and leeks into 1/4-inch-thick pieces and set aside. Remove and discard the skin and bones from the chicken, cut meat into 1/2-inch pieces, and set aside. Chop the remaining parsley leaves and set aside. Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the vegetables and cook until the onions are translucent -- about 7 minutes. Add the chicken, the reserved broth, salt, and pepper. Simmer the soup until the vegetables are tender -- about 1 hour. Stir in the egg noodles and parsley and cook until the noodles are tender -- about 10 more minutes. Serve hot. Serves 16......


Unknown November 5, 2008 at 5:31 PM  

I'm with you there, sister. No more CNN for a bit.I am so glad the election process is behind us. I am blogging, watching Design to Sell and just enjoying the evening. Love the soup recipe. Looks delish!

mysteryhistorymom November 5, 2008 at 5:51 PM  

Heidi- We are "licking our wounds" here at our house and trying to avoid the news, too. A cozy blanket and chicken soup sounds lovely. Thank you for sharing... Lori

The Vintage Vagablonde November 5, 2008 at 7:01 PM  

Chicken soup is good for the soul.....Glad the election is over too.
Was undecided till the very end....You are a shining example of what AMERICA is.
We support each other...even if we do not always agree.
I get so irritated by the mean comments when someone is just merely expressing..their god given right to an opinion.
Enjoy your cozy blanket~I am going to read...wish I had some soup too:)

Sherry November 5, 2008 at 10:38 PM  

That's kind of what we did too.

Have a great day tomorrow!

Kathy November 5, 2008 at 10:48 PM  

Sounds like a pretty wonderful soup - and evening. I hope it turned out to be exactly what you needed tonight!

Betsy November 6, 2008 at 5:12 AM  

Hey just checking in about the swap. I don't want to be the person not doing my part. I e-mailed you in the beginning with my info and then again twice. I still have not gotten my partner. Am I doing something wrong? Just curious! :)

Betsy November 6, 2008 at 10:29 AM  

Hey! I have e-mailed it several times to you. Not sure what the mix-up is! Email me at and I will get back to you.

Anonymous,  November 6, 2008 at 1:08 PM  

Looks delicious and your photo is beautiful! We're having a comfort food recipe contest and would love to have you enter your recipe. I've linked to the contest through my name.

Anonymous,  November 6, 2008 at 2:58 PM  


I'm with you. I burned out on TV news and I think they voted out the right couple on "Dancing with the Stars".

Now I'm sorry I didn't sign up for your swap. I'll be the first to do that next time.

The recipe looks great.


Sherri November 6, 2008 at 7:10 PM  

Heidi-as I read you blog entry I was there with you! What a wonderful evening you have planned! Soup looks yummy!

Kass November 7, 2008 at 5:55 AM  

Im so happy to have fallen upon your blog from the tag you sent "Decor to Adore" - with the adorable Christmas girl.Then I see you also were for McCain..I had an all Day Comfort Blow out on my blog that day- with comforts for all- it was a blast. And it was nice to see your comforts as well- that soup looks great- as does the quilt.

Have a "cozy,comfort " weekend. Kass

cathleen November 7, 2008 at 1:02 PM  

The weather here is turning really nasty this weekend. This soup sounds like comfort food for a nice Saturday evening. Thanks for sharing it, Heidi.

CJ'SMOMMY*KIMBERLY May 19, 2009 at 12:23 PM  

I have been wanting a good chicken noodle soup recipe.To me it's light enough even for summer.I'll have to leave out celery ,can you believe my child is allergic to celery,poor thing.Thanks for sharing.

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