I decided I needed to just stay home today and stay in my jammies. It seemed like a really great idea. I have been pushing myself lately and I have learned that if I don’t attend to some rest time I will pay the price. And, I had some things in the fridge I wanted to used up.
I started my cooking with this great sandwich I had seen on Pinterest. http://www.jamhands.net/2012/09/applicious-week-apple-bacon-cheddar.html. This is such a yummy decadant over the top Sunday afternoon football type of sandwich!!! I do not typically eat such gastronomical concoctions, but I had all the ingredients and it just sounded good. I get bacon at Cartwright’s Meats in Grants Pass. Apples were picked off the tree here. Some local sourdough bread I got at the William’s Growers Market. I didn’t need, nor would I have been able to eat, anything more. The sandwich is plenty!!! I also really liked Jam Hands website. I will be visiting it again for certain.
I had roasted a whole chicken the other night and deboned it and made stock. This was going to be the basis for my cooking today. I wanted to make a chicken chili and a chicken and mushroom soup.
I found a recipe for chili on Allrecipes. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cha-chas-white-chicken-chili/detail.aspx. Cha Cha’s White Bean and Chicken Chili. I did not have jalepeno peppers, but did have 3 bell peppers (red, green and yellow) that needed to be used. So they were substituted in. This is a SPICY chili. Even without the Jalepeno’s. Personally I don’t mind spicy, but if I make this again I will cut back on some of the pepper. The spiciness overwhelms the mellow white beans. But it is good and will be a nice heat help when we have cold rainy days through the next few months. This is going in the freezer in small individual portions.
The next thing I found that I wanted to use was some mushrooms. Then I found 2 carrots that looked lonely. And a fennel bulb. I started thinking and came up with a delicious NON CREAMY chicken and mushroom soup!!!
This is how it came together.
I sliced and diced 1/2 of a red onion. I cut up the fennel bulb into small bite size pieces. I cut the carrots into 1/4’s and then sliced, so they were small pieces. I sauteed all of these in 2 tbspoon butter on medium heat. I cooked them about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then I added 1 large clove garlic that had been finely diced. I cooked them all together for another 2 minutes.
I then added another tablespoon of butter and threw in about 2 cups of sliced mushrooms. I wasn’t careful with them. I grabbed them and if some of them got broken that was fine. Then I added my diced 2 cups of chicken and 4 cups of broth. I decided a little bit of potato sounded good, and so I cut into small pieces about 6 small yukon golds. They were small taters and Icut them into 12 pieces each. I didn’t want them to have to cook too long since all the other roots were pretty much done.
1 teaspoon dill weed, 1 teaspoon parsley, 1 bay leaf, 1 chicken bouillon cube (sodium free), and the juice of a 1/3 of a lemon. I cooked it about 20 minutes on a slow boil.
This was exactly what I wanted. I wanted a chicken soup for if I got a cold. I wanted a chicken soup that was mild. I wanted to use the mushrooms. The fennel really added a nice touch. I am so happy how all the flavors melded into this really scrumptious delicate mushroom soup. I will be sharing this with my immediate neighbors and asking for feedback.
Now it is after 9. I have cleaned all the dishes. The soups are cooling so I can put them in containers for the freezer. I ate well through the day. I don’t have any more vegetables that I am concerned will go to waste.
One last note: I should have taken a picture. I threw out the cooked chicken pieces(minus the bones) from making the stock and my girls went to town. Almost viciously. I don’t think I will give them chicken anything anymore. It just seemed odd.
It was a good day. I stayed in my jammies all day. I didn’t see anyone. I watched a movie in the late afternoon. I cooked and ate great food. There are many ways to be good to ourselves. This was how I took care of me today. What did you do to take care of you?