What would a kosher blog be without a recipe for chicken soup?
I have been making chicken soup for the past nearly thirty years of marriage. I serve chicken soup at just about every Friday night Shabbos dinner in my home. It is on my Shabbos menu whether the weather is frightfully cold or unbearably hot. It is one of those recipes that I almost never make during the week, except for a special occasion or weekday holiday.
My first chicken soup in the eighties used whole vegetables and chicken parts. Over the past decades, I made changes to suit my family and their different tastes.
When the kids were little, I started cutting the vegetables into chunks so that I could easily measure out what each one wanted. I replaced chicken parts with boneless chicken breasts because it yielded too much of the gray nastiness on the sides of the pot and required me to skim the soup. There were phases when I used cheesecloth packets for the chicken and herbs and phases where I made a more rustic soup.
Now that the dust has settled, here is where I am:
I add scallions for Don
I add a whole sweet potato for Davida
I add matzo balls when Aaron is home
I add lots of zucchini when Michelle and Scotty come to visit
I add lots of herbs for Leah who likes to eat them before Shabbos.
I add small whole onions for Kaitlyn and Aaron S. when they visit
I eliminate the celery when Kaitlyn visits
This recipe has had so many variations, but it is basically the same recipe that I used when I first got married. I think that the sweet carrots, parsnips and spicy turnips give it a unique flavor. So many of our Shabbos guests have asked for this recipe over the years and have created their own version of this chicken soup.
It is simple. It is delicious. It creates a wow at our Shabbos table.
1 package chicken parts or one pound of boneless chicken cutlet trimmings
1 white turnip, peeled and cubed