Saturday, February 7, 2009

It's FRIDAY's dinner day!

Remember that handful of chicken that you put into that cup (or a little more then a cup) of broth that you sat aside earlier this week?? How about those noodles from last night??

Guess what? We're making chicken noodle soup! Start this about an hour or two before dinner time!

Get out an can of broth, or 2 or 3 bouillon cubes (chicken) and let's get started.
Get the chicken and broth from the fridge, along with the noodles.
Start that big pot again, and toss in that chicken and broth. Add the bouillon cubes and 3 Cups of water. (or 1 can of broth and 2 bullion cubes and 2 C. of water)
Let that start heating up and come to a boil.
While that's heating, cut up 2 stalks of celery and grate one carrot. Toss it in the pot.
Taste the broth, adding salt and pepper if needed.
Does it need something?? Onions? Garlic? Remember..not too much of these, they are strong spices for chicken soup, but adding a bit of each of the powdered will be fine.
Taste again. Does it taste right? Does it taste good. GREAT if it does..if it doesn't..add more spice and salt till you get it right!
Once it comes to a boil, boil for about 8-10 minutes to let the veggies begin to cook.
Turn it off.
Toss in the noodles, give it a big stir and put the lid on and take it off the heat.
That's it..that's all there is to it! DONE!

I usually make some type of bread to go with this of course, either cornbread, biscuits or I start some homemade bread earlier in the day and bake that when I start my soup.

Here's a recipe for some quick yeast bread that is delish! You'll need to start this about 4 hours before your soup is done.
2 Cups of liquid (I use 1/2 milk, 1/2 water)
1/4 C of sugar
Mix these together and heat to warm. I don't use a thermometer, I heat warm to my finger. Once warm, sprinkle
2 Teaspoons or one packet of yeast on the top and whisk in. Let sit for a few minutes.
Melt 5 Tablespoons butter and 1 teaspoon of salt and add to the milk/yeast mixture

Now start adding the flour. You'll need about 5-6 Cups. You can use all white or a mix of white and wheat.
Use a big bowl and scoop about 3 Cups of flour into the bowl. Add your liquid and mix well, beating it a bit.
Continue to add flour and mixing until you can't use a spoon anymore and it forms a ball. Put dough on lightly floured counter and begin kneading. Knead for about 10 minutes.
Place dough back into a lightly oiled bowl, turning dough to cover with oil. Cover with a towel and sit in a warm place to rise for about an hour and 1/2. (I use a slightly..very slightly warmed oven if it's too chilly in the house)
Once the dough has risen (doubled in size) punch it down and knead it for about 5 minutes or so. Divide into two balls and shape each into a loaf or a round. Place in greased loaf pans or on a greased baking sheet and again, cover with a towel and let rise for about an hour.
Once the dough has risen, bake in 350 degree oven, 40 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

What a dinner huh?? Who could ask for anything better..homemade chicken noodle soup and hot yeast bread!

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