Monday, November 8, 2010

Homemade Chicken Soup and Eggplant Parmesan

As most of you know I've been battling this cold that seems to be lingering! I have had it since last Tuesday night. It is getting really old now! Yesterday I thought I would make some homemade chicken soup to get rid of the cold once and for all! I love homemade chicken soup-it just reminds me of when I was little and my Mom or Grandma would make some for me when I wasn't feeling my best. The smell of the chicken soup filled the house along with the beer bread I was baking too! John and I had it for dinner last night and I had it for lunch today. Hopefully it will make this cold go away!

Here is the soup in the beginning before simmering it on the stove. I chop up celery, onions, carrots, the leaves from the celery, parlsey, garlic power, ground salt and pepper. First I boil the chicken breasts and then take them out when they are cooked all the way through. Then I put all the chopped veggies in. When they have simmered and become tender, that is when I put the chicken (which I have ripped or cut into small chunks) back into the soup pot. I then add angel hair pasta or spaghetti noodles (breaking the pasta into three sections). When the pasta is tender I turn the pot off and let sit until dinner.

Recipe for Beer Bread:

3 cups self-rising flour
3 tblsps. sugar
1 12 oz. bottle or can of beer (any kind)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the above ingredients together (by hand) and put in a greased loaf pan. Let rise for 15 mins. Bake in the 350 degree oven for 1 hour. About half way through cooking take a pastry brush and brush on some soft butter. Also do this right before you take it out of the oven. It is so easy and so good!!

Here is the completed soup and a piece of the beer bread. Just a note the beer bread usually isn't this dark in color. I only had 1 can of Guiness Stout in the house so it made the bread brown.

I also made Eggplant Parmesan yesterday. My boss had given me 2 eggplants from his garden, so I made Eggplant Parm for our dinner tonight. It was so nice to come home and not have to cook!


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Can I come for dinner? I LOVE both of these yummmmmm.

Donnie said...

Everything looks so good and I bet that magic medicine (chicken soup) will do the trick. If not, a week is to long to nurse a cold maybe a doctor visit is in order. A lot of colds seem to turn nasty after a week.

Vickie said...

Oh, YUM! Hope you are feeling better ASAP, chickie!

Brenda Leyland said...

Now that looks really tasty. And there is such a comforting smell to chicken soup simmering on the stove.

Be well....

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I love homemade bread, so I am anxious to try out the beer bread. Thanks for sharing. Hope you feel better real soon. Love & blessings from NC!

Donna said... many goodies! We've been eating lots of homemade soups too. Hope you're feeling better soon.


Deserae said...

Everything looks soooo yummy! I'm sorry to hear you are still sick. I hope you are feeling better SOON!!!!!

Lindy said...

I don't know why I like reading about and looking at good food so much because I don't cook! What can I say. I love this post!

Maria (a.k.a Angie) said...

OMG, I am hungry now! I haven't had dinner and you are making me drool here!

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My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!
Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!