Dec 10, 2010

Somewhat Spicy Chicken Soup

This cold weather has me soup crazy lately.  I only have one brothy (as opposed to chunky) soup recipe and I have been on the hunt for a new one.  

I stumbled across this one on AllRecipes.com and oh my goodness it is delicious.  I love cilantro so I add a bit extra.  The only problem with this recipe is that it only serves 6 (or 4 in big bowls).  Next time I make it (which will be soon) I'll be attempting to double the recipe.  The original recipe was for "spicy" chicken soup but I don't find this soup spicy at all.  It has maybe a little heat so I'm calling it "somewhat spicy."

Somewhat Spicy Chicken & Rice Soup


  • 1 large chicken breast, cooked and cubed (I cubed mine then threw it in the food processor so I'd have shredded chicken)
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped (I used food processor on all veggies since I don't like veggies and I was trying to disguise them a little)
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried mustard
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 6 cups water (or 6 cups chicken stock - omit bouillon cubes)
  • 5 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro (I used 1/2 cup)
Cook your chicken (seasoned with salt & pepper; remove from pan and cube/shred.  If you're using already cooked chicken (such as rotisserie) you'll just add the chicken later.

In same pan cook celery, carrots, green pepper, and onion in a little oil until veggies are tender.  Add spices and cook for another minute.

Add water, bouillon cubes, rice, cilantro and cooked chicken.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes (I followed the cooking time of the rice I used).

Yum!

Dec 7, 2010

unsettled (update)

You may remember this post where I was going through a bit of a home improvement phase.  I think I am safely out of said phase now.  I got most of what I wanted to get done - done.  Plus a little bit extra too.

The plumbing problems are fixed and the holes in the bathroom wall are gone.  So is that ugly heat lamp in the ceiling.  John put up some little hooks for the kids towels too.  Caaute!




That window without curtains got some thanks to our fabulous new Jo-Ann Fabrics.  I was crafty and made some circle shelves too (thank you Nate Berkus - you are my favorite!).





The brass light fixture got a coat of spray paint and now matches the bath fixtures and the new towel bars John helped me install.



And I even managed to transform some old frames with spray paint and new mats.  Love the idea of having pictures of my bathing cuties in my "new" bathroom.


Other changes include a rearranged living room.  The television got moved out in an effort to limit our TV time.  Still need to move around some mirrors and artwork but it's nice to have so much space to play in there as a family.


And a repainted kitchen.  This wall was ivory and I am really loving the green.  I made some new curtains too and I'm going to be making some new slipcovers for the dining chairs.  The black and white was getting old.  I have some old red ones on the chairs now but I'm on the hunt for new fabric.  Not sure what color yet?


That's it for now.  The past 2 weeks have brought new tires for my car, a new lawn mower, a new car for John, the Christmas decorations, and quite a bit of rearranging around the house.  I'm ready to spend my afternoons laying in bed staring at my sweet girl.  No more projects 'til January!