Friday, January 14, 2011

Chicken Soup....

Hi World,

Judging by the scarce comments on my last post, some of us aren't comfortable discussing celebrity porn. Fair enough. I feel the same exact way about the apocalypse according to the Mayan calendar, accidents involving chain saws, and Piers Morgan. There are just some subjects that do not need to be discussed in polite company.

If we're not going to talk about celebrity porn, however, I thought we could maybe discuss another subject near and dear to my heart. Food.

I love food. I especially love how eating it keeps me and my loved ones alive. On the rare occasion, I even enjoy the process of making it. Truthfully, I'd much rather you made it. And while you are chopping, I'm happy to regal you with stories and entertain you with my sparkling fresh wit. Note: Usually I am more sparkling when offered a steady stream of wine.

To a point.

But alas, other people cooking for me doesn't happen all that often. It could be that I am not nearly as witty or sparkling as I think I am. And since the people I live with do not cook, if anything remotely nourishing is going to be consumed by my family, I'm going to have to make it.

Wednesday was a snow day for many of us in Rhode Island. Any day starting with three feet of snow calls for soup, don't you think? In fact, I think Einstein observed that and proved it mathematically during his Whole Food years (you can file that under things I made up that could be true).

Anyway, so Einstein likes soup, I like soup, and men and little boys who have been out shoveling snow for hours really like soup. I scrounged around in the fridge to see what I could come up with and the result was this quick, hearty and tasty, hamburger soup.

I started with a basic internet recipe and played with it based on what I had available. I think the result is probably much better than that generic recipe. At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Just like this soup will, er, stick to your ribs.

That was lame. I know. I'm no Rachel Ray.

2 lbs of the leanest burger you can find
2 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 cups chopped tomato or one can diced tomato
8 cups Chix broth (or homade broth if you are ambitious)
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup butter
2 Tbsp steak sauce, chimichurri, or worcestershire sauce
Finely chopped parsley if you have it

In a soup pot, brown the meat with onion, celery, carrots and garlic. Once browned, add broth, steak sauce and tomatoes. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Turn off heat, stir in butter, sprinkle with parsley and call yo' men to the table.

Have a great long weekend, World. Enjoy the soup. Chicken likes this new image as nurturer. It is not as exciting as being a porn pusher, but it is maybe time to grow up anyway. We can't all be Hugh Hefner.

Maybe I'll learn to make candles or some crafty thing out of dryer lint over the weekend, and I can share that with you on Monday. You can call me "Auntie" if you want (shrug/smile).


  1. Hot soup, much better than celebrity porn, which is usually lies about people we don't know.

  2. you don't even have to cook for me. i'll drink, sparkle, regale, and free-form dance for cut up fruit, like strawberries, pineapple, watermelon, and bananas. sexual favors for a chocalate fountain to dip all of the above.

  3. OOHH yum! That sounds delicious! The thing I love about soups is that you can put practically anything in them and they still turn out pretty good.

    Which is better than pretty bad. ; )

  4. Somehow I missed this celebrity porn I better off or no? :)

    Thanks for the recipe! Have a great weekend!

  5. Im eagerly awaiting the lint dryer craft now. I'm going to ask all my friends to save their lint too since I dont use my dryer often.

    Soup looks good!

    You are the least Auntie like person I know- aside from my sister..

  6. Celebrity nudity first, then food, is what I live for...

  7. I'm headed over to the porn....

  8. The porn was so funny I could only laugh not type. I reread it three times because it was hilarious. I did not laugh at soup. I know how to make soup but did not all that you wrote about in the porn post. Laughing is the best part of life, right after eating?

  9. Fack candles...I think you're ready to churn some butter baby.

  10. Chicken Hamburger Soup confused me slightly, but I think I could do this but it's only raining here in the Pacific NW so I'll just use the hunt and peck method of feeding my family today. I prefer it when they cook for me. I can look forward to that Blue Plate special of runny eggs on Mother Days.

  11. You make me giggle, and my tummy rumble. (^_^) I'll be trying this recipe soon. I love soup!

    I get scared when my husband gets in cooking moods. He's never made anything nasty, but it looks like something one would find after a nuclear holocaust or catches something on fire.
    But I'm with ya, we need to invent those things from Star Trek. You know the thing Picard tells "Earl Grey, hot" and it just appears.

  12. The hell? I missed the porn? I'm going to go there, now.

  13. This is SO many more steps than "add water."

  14. I can't get past the idea of discussing Piers Morgan outside of polite company.
    Who could BE so crass?
    You crack me up, lady.
    Must follow you on Twitter immediately.
    Thanks for the laugh. And for the recipe, too.
    (oh. and celebrity porn. that's good, too...)

  15. Thanks for the recipe, Chicken. Although, I probably won't be using it because like your former self, I am also better at providing the sparkling wit and the regaling while drinking some wine and watching the cook chop and saute.

    I also think ventriloquism and Jamie Lynn Spears should never be discussed in polite company.

  16. I personally thought your last post was AMAZING - I can't believe others did not agree. I love the idea of you as nurturer too. I'm coming over right away. Did you save leftovers? I'll bring the wine. (shrug/smile)

  17. this chicken soup looks better than campbell's which is saying something because i love campbell's soup. i also have eaten ramen noodles raw and tried to drink cooking sherry, so i feel like i'm not really the best person to talk to about cooking soup. but hooray! i will make you some fark if you will make me some soup and it'll be a sweet party. (it goes without saying that there would be booze)

  18. Hey Chicken, I gave you an award over on my blog.

    I have a recipe for cheeseburger soup that is delish. I've been craving it lately, so I'll have to make it and post the recipe.

  19. Ok, soup is fine, but I'm all about the celebrity porn! I'm going to check out that post! xoxox


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