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This is about..... The 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION and MY REMEDY
Grandma's Chicken Soup
        WHAT A WEEK! I was knocked over by a high fever that wouldn't break and I HAD INFECTED TONSILS! It's so foreign for me to be SICK, that I don't even know where THE DARN THERMOMETER is in my house. Wandering around in a PARANOID DAZE, I kept searching for it WITH VISIONS OF AN OPERATION and BOWLS OF ICE CREAM DANCING IN MY HEAD.
        WHY DID THIS HAPPEN?---well, I HAVE MY THEORY. The clocks got turned back an hour and then The Election, YES THE ELECTION!-- I HAD to stay up to see the results, which didn't happen UNTIL 3:30AM. Then AFTER I FOUND OUT who won, I COULDN"T GO TO SLEEP. That was the proverbial STRAW that BROKE the CAMEL'S BACK.
        Through it all, THE ONLY THING I wanted to EAT was my GRANDMA"S CHICKEN SOUP. Her name was Minifred, or MINNIE for short--yes like Minnie Mouse. And she was just as adorable as her name. There's nothing fancy about Minnie's version. She just knew how to make a real good, comforting, healing soup. She did have a habit of telling me over and over again, though "Janice, WHATEVER YOU DO, always GET THE BEST INGREDIENTS you can find." In her honor, I always get a Campanelli's chicken (in my opinion, the best up here in the Hudson Valley), along with organic everything else.
        So when you're feeling a bit under the weather, THIS IS JUST THE TICKET TO GET YOU BACK ON YOUR FEET. And GREAT NEWS! for me, NO tonsil removal was required.

LESSONS Learned:
1. REALLY, get the BEST chicken you can find. That plastic wrapped bland looking one in the supermarket will always yield a flavorless soup.
2. You can embellish the basics here. A cored, chopped fennel bulb, or a parsnip or 2 are welcome additions, as is some chopped fresh parsley. I'm just a purist.
3. The easiest way to remove the extra chicken fat from the soup is to chill it. The fat will rise to the top and harden and will be easy to skim off. Do leave alittle though for extra flavor.
4. If you want to eat it right away, like I always do, you can skim the fat off of the hot soup. Use a large spoon or you can lay a piece of paper towel on top and quickly remove it and it will absorb the fat. You may have to do that more than once.


one 3 1/2 pound chicken, cut up into 10 pieces, including the neck, gizzards discarded.
10 cups of water
1 Tablespoon Kosher salt
2 large sweet onions, thinly sliced
4 large carrots, cut in 1/2" rounds
3 ribs of celery, cut in 1/2 inch slices
4 cloves of garlic, minced
10 whole peppercorns

Make the soup:
        In a large pot, add the chicken, water and salt. Bring to a boil and immediately turn down to a simmer. Skim all of the scum off of the top as it rises to the top.
        Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer partially covered for 30 minutes. Remove the chicken breast pieces and set aside. Continue simmering the soup for another 45 minutes. Remove the rest of the chicken pieces from the broth.

Makes 6-8 servings. YUM!
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