Food, life

Feels Like Home

pot soup wmThis post is not going up the same day I write it, but I’m typing off the top of my head as I feel both content and sad. 

While writing this, I am enveloped by the aromas of chicken broth, oregano and garlic. It takes me back to the smells of home … Mom’s home.

My dear husband is having a bad week. Not only did he get laid off, but they gave him a bonus by sending him off with a cold that was going around. So, the only thing I know to do is what mom did, take care of him with food. A pot of chicken soup is simmering on the stove.

The comforting scent surrounds me like a warm hug, as if Mom’s here pampering me. I rest in these paradox of feelings that range from grateful, to longing for simpler times.

I subscribe to, and have been published in the magazine Angels on Earth. They usually put one recipe in each issue. One of those quarterly recipes called my name, because not only was it chicken soup, which I love, but it was shared by an Italian family. Its ingredients reminded me of something my own Italian family might make.

I’ve made this countless times since. On the days I don’t have all the ingredients it calls for, I modify. Like today, I didn’t have celery or all dark meat. So, I used a half of chicken instead of thighs or legs, and zucchini in place of celery.

Capizzi Chicken Soup

8 chicken legs, or 5 thighs with skin
2 cups celery, chopped
2 cups carrots, chopped
2 chicken bouillon cubes
3 cups tomato sauce (I cut this in half and use 1 ½ cups. It’s too tomato-ish otherwise)
1 cup chicken broth (I usually add an extra cup because broth evaporates when heating it as leftovers)
garlic, chopped or minced to taste (I use 2 medium cloves)
ground pepper to taste
oregano to taste
1 pound orzo noodles (I used half box for two of us and save the rest of the box to make with leftovers)
1 cup grated parmesan or Romano cheese

Fill large pot with water (I use 8 cups) and add chicken.
Once water boils, lower heat and boil 30 minutes.
Skim chicken fat.
Add carrots, celery, bouillon cubes, minced garlic, tomato sauce, broth and seasonings.
Simmer 30 minutes.
Remove chicken and shred off bone.
Return meat to pot.

Cook the orzo in another pot.
Drain.
Scoop orzo into a bowl and ladle soup over it.
Sprinkle with cheese.

P.S. I wrote this over the weekend. Husband is feeling better. Future employment looks good. Had one offer and goes on one more interview tomorrow. Continue with the good thoughts and prayers, and thank you to all who sent their warm wishes.

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22 thoughts on “Feels Like Home”

  1. Soup is always good for whatever ails you.

    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.
    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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    1. Thank you for checking things out over here at my blog too. I LOVE the color purple and really enjoyed reading about it on your bog.

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    1. Hey Kathy ~ Nothing is set up yet with a job, but he has 2 offers. Neither are as good as where he just left, but in this economic climate, one can’t be choosy. Thanks for stopping by. Always good to see you.

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  2. Oh, I would love to have you make me some chicken soup, Lori. I’m glad to hear your husband is feeling better and that his prospects are looking brighter, too!

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  3. They say that there is nothing the cure a cold like a chicken soup – I don’t think I ever had chicken soup – as an adult .. got it as kid. Not a soup maker neither – but I will save this recipe and I hope you dear husband will recover … soon. Everybody is down with flue and colds .. everywhere. Knock on wood – haven’t had a cold or flue for years, I blame my cod liver capsules for that. Give him a hug from me.

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  4. Thank you for sharing this recipe. More-so I like that you shared your personal notes on the variations and quantities, as that’s how I cook also. Soups like this are wonderful especially if you are unwell as they are light, flavoursome but still have substance. I’m happy the job front is looking positve, and you both enjoy the hiatus while you can.

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    1. Hey Linda. When I posted this, I couldn’t find a link for Angels on Earth. Since you asked, I checked back on the issues that I was published in. A little more info before you click, they are owned by Guideposts, the magazine founded by Norman Vincent Peale and the power of positive thinking. Angels on Earth has little stories that share coincidences of a person or an invisible force that somehow shaped a crisis situation into something better. I subscribe the old fashioned way, by getting a hard copy of the mag in through USPS. I love reading the short, short stories while on the treadmill or at the doctor’s office.
      http://www.guideposts.org/inspiration/angels-on-earth

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      1. I have had angel visits and have many angel books. Have written my latest angel story (a true story) which I hope to submit to Woman’s World. It is not concise or “clean” enough as yet.

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        1. Angels on earth is very open with accepting submissions. However, the stories need to be quite short and they edit heavily. I have an angel story that I’ve been considering sharing on this blog. Although, it’s kind of personal so I’m not sure. Let me know how it goes when you submit yours. Would love to read it.

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