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Monday, January 06, 2014

With everyone (literally everyone) in my office being sick and my husband being down for the count with a stomach virus I decided that being the coldest day of the year (only 1 degree in Tennessee!!) I would make my Grandma Sara's chicken soup and add my Grandma Etta's matzoh balls to it. Needless to say, my husband is VERY happy! (It's his favorite.)

Grandma Sara's Chicken Soup

4-6lbs. chicken quarters & drumsticks - cleaned & salted
Bunch (or more) parsley
Bunch (or more) dill
Wash, trim & peel bunch (or more) carrots
Wash, trim & peel large turnip
Wash, trim & peel large parsnip
Wash & trim 4 celery stalks
Wash & trim 4 leeks
Peel 6 large onions
Salt to taste

Remove & discard stems from parsley & dill. Wash greens and tie into bundle or place in cheesecloth bag. Set aside.

Place chicken pieces in large pot. Add water to one inch above chicken. Boil over medium heat (approx. 30-45 minutes) skimming the surface as needed.

Add carrots, turnip, parsnip, celery, leeks, onions. Lower heat to simmer (approx. 1 hour) continue to skim surface as needed.

Add salt to taste. Add bag (or bundle) of parsley and dill. Continue to simmer, adjusting salt as needed.

When chicken is thoroughly cooked, remove and discard parsley, dill, turnip, parsnip, celery, onion and leek. Remove and set aside carrots and chicken pieces. Pour soup through strainer or cheesecloth.

Sliced carrot and de-boned chicken pieces may be served in soup or separately, as preferred.

Cooked egg noodles and matzoh balls are what I also like to add.

Grandma Etta's Matzoh Balls

1 cup matzoh meal
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup seltzer
4 large eggs
1 tsp salt
dash of pepper

Beat eggs, add seltzer, salt and pepper. Add matzoh meal and stir strongly. Refrigerate one hour.

Form dough into balls the size of walnuts. Cook in boiling water to which salt is added.

Cover with lid and cook for 30 minutes.
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    Nothing's better than homemade chicken noodle soup when you're under the weather! My mother used to make us homemade chicken noodle soup when we were sick. It made us feel so good. It really is the cure for the crud!!!! emoticon
    1568 days ago

    I've been making a pot of soup once a week, but I've gotten lazy - throw everything in and let it boil, is my recipe! I should try using turnips and parsnips!
    May favorite veggies for the soup are butternut squash and carrots (they both add a sweetness), cauliflower, cabbage, zucchini and leeks.
    1569 days ago
    This is legit! You are such a sweet wifey for going through all of this for poor hubs! (ps that stomach bug is definitely going around here too and I'm washing my hands like crazy!)

    I make my (Catholic) Nana's version of matzoball soup - matzoball mix from Manischewitz and Mrs. Grass's or Lipton's Noodle Soup Mix. I know the sodium isn't great and it isn't all freshly homemade, but I always keep the mixes on hand to make a batch in a pinch! (Just in case you have to "cheat" somewhere down the road tehe)

    Heat up the stove, I'm coming over!
    1569 days ago
    Sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing.
    1570 days ago
  • RAINA413
    JUDYAMK, for my grandmother's chicken soup the rest of the vegetables, except for the carrots, of course, are used tp flavor the broth. Just the same way you make a vegetable broth, only this one has chicken in it as well. Matzoh balls are wonderful! They look like dough balls, but they are light and airy inside. They are very filling but don't feel heavy and dense when you eat them. They have protein from the eggs and they really fill you up! You can put the noodles & matzoh balls together or you can use one or the other. My husband likes both so I do both fr him. If I am making it just for me I usually will do one or the other. I sure would love to try your friend's homemade noodles! I've made pasta from scratch. It sure if time consuming!!
    1570 days ago
    YUM - my kind of soup too!!!!
    1570 days ago
    Sounds good is the rest of the vegetables except carrots used as a flavor? I never had matzoh balls. do you put the noodles & matzoh balls together or is it one or the other. If it is together my Amish friends make homemade noodles. Thanks for sharing
    1570 days ago
  • ALICIA214

    YUM !!! emoticon
    1570 days ago
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