A Good Dinner

Since my father-in-law is out of town this week, we had my mother-in-law over for dinner. Luckily dinner turned out well! A few days ago I roasted a chicken (see previous post) and we had two other meals from that chicken, but there was still some left. I pulled all the extra chicken off and then put the bones etc in the crock pot with about half an onion in big sections and 8 cups of water. I turned it on high for about 7 hours. After I made the broth and strained out the onion and bones, this is how I made chicken soup. It was really great, especially for having no recipe!

Impromptu Chicken Soup
1) Chop up half and onion and saute with 1 tablespoon minced garlic.
2) Chop up 5 carrots and half a bunch of celery that you found in your vegetable drawer that were REALLY old but not moldy or slimy (miraculously) and add them to the onion and garlic.
3) Pour on the chicken broth, then add a quart of chicken broth from the freezer that you made before, then add 2 cups water. Put in 1.5 cups wild rice. Bring to a boil, then lower the temperature, cover and simmer.
4) After you’ve cooked that for a while, ladle out about 4 or 5 cups of the broth into a bowl and whisk in 8 tablespoons of all purpose flour (quickly so you have no lumps) then whisk in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Pour the flour mixture back into the soup and whisk it around a little.
5) Add chopped up chicken pieces to the mix and continue to cook. Add salt and pepper to taste (probably more salt than pepper).

I served the chicken soup out of my soup tureen and also made sweet potato biscuits and maple butter to go with it. The sweet potato biscuits were ok, not as great as I expected in that they were not all that different from regular biscuits. But the maple butter was SO GOOD. I mixed it up and put it into a small mold I have (it’s a tin mold that I use for making tomato aspic when I make tomato aspic, which is not that often since Josh doesn’t care for things that are too tomato-y) after spraying the mold with butter flavored cooking spray. I then covered the mold with plastic wrap and put it in the freezer to set. After it set up, I unmolded it onto a small plate and it was very pretty on the table (see picture) as well as making the biscuits almost like dessert! The sweet flavor went with the soup very nicely.

All in all, a very good dinner.

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