So, I’m a bella. Might explain that one later…………but in short, it means, I am part of a sisterhood of crafters. Met some wonderfully nice people and will most likely be sharing them with you periodically. Today, Jen at Cottage Nest is asking for a recipe, (check out her blog http://thecottagenest.blogspot.com/ )
Now, most of you know that I am pretty well known for my cooking, but I rarely use recipes. I have pretty much only two recipes that I ever use and that is for Almond Chicken and Apple Crisp, but the chances of those recipes ever turning up near my computer, are well………slim. So, I am going to share with you my cheat recipe for days in which, life is busy and I have not much time to do anything, but it is COLD and I want to warm up my family……………… I go to the grocery store and get a broasted chicken, sometimes two, then I peruse the produce and get whatever looks good, definitely one or two sweet vidalia onions, red pepper, a bag of the tiny carrots, green onions, spinach and anything else that looks good and I know my children will eat. (ALWAYS get a bag of frozen extra sweet corn to throw in) (sometimes a chilly pepper too) Then I grab two tall containers of chicken broth, a fun noodle or two, a bag of shredded cheese and a garlic or asiago bread from the bakery. Then I head home and throw it all in a big soup pan, (cook the noodles first but usually a couple minutes shorter than recommended so they don’t get mushy in the soup – save the green onions, spinach and the cheese to throw in later, right before serving, sour cream is a good addition if you have made it spicy) I bake the bread with a little olive oil on top and garlic salt, and I go and cuddle up with my kids and read or practice piano with them, or homework, or whatever. The house smells good!!! and we have quality time and after a good half hour (you can use the micro to speed it up, but the longer it sits, the hotter and better it gets) Everybody loves this meal, it makes us warm and cozy!! (my kids especially love when I make them little cups with Olive oil, fresh basil and crushed garlic to dip their bread in) yummy!!! Stay warm!!!