Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup

All the soups!

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Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup carrot, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeño, diced
  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 32 oz chicken stock
  • 1 14 oz can roasted tomatoes
  • 1 cup angel hair pasta broken into small pieces
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • a few pinches of salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • a little cilantro

Heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the onion, carrot and celery.

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Cook until the onion becomes translucent.  Add the garlic and jalapeño and cook for another minute.

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Dump in the roasted tomatoes, chicken stock, and chicken breast and bring it to a boil.

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When the chicken is cooked through, lower the heat to low, remove the chicken and shred it.

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Ginger Carrot Soup

It’s nearly time for grocery shopping in my house.  Things I still have a lot of:  beer (i love playoff football! WHAT A GAME BY THE PATS!), carrots and ginger.  Plus I just love soups.

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Ginger Carrot Soup

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, cut into a small dice
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • a hunk of ginger, minced (2 tbsp maybe?)
  • 2 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into somewhat-uniform pieces
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • fresh ground black pepper

Step one:  crack a beer.

Done?  Good.  Now do your mise en place (french for “to put in place” which is just your prep work).  Peel and cut your carrots.

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Brady was a huge help by lying right under where I was trying to stand.

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Try and cut your carrots into uniform pieces so they cook evenly.

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Hot and Sour Soup

Let’s just collectively agree that we’ll overlook the months it’s been since I’ve last posted.  I was traveling a bunch for work and bought a house and had to move!  Those are valid excuses, right?  RIGHT?!  But just look at that thing!

I mean, look at that awesome thing!

Okay, I suck, but it’s a new year now and I’ve got a sweet-ass new kitchen to cook in, so here’s hoping I can start posting with more frequency.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, or like, in Miami or San Diego, the two places in this country that are not frozen tundras, IT’S REALLY COLD OUTSIDE.  Polar VORTEX WHAT EVEN IS THAT.  THAT SOUNDS LIKE A HORROR MOVIE.  Even here in the hell fires of Texas, yesterday’s high temperatures only reached the mid-30s.  There’s ICE outside DURING THE DAY.  That’s like freaky New England weather and I thought I left that shit behind.

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I CAN’T EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH. ICE. IN TEXAS.

Enough, Mother Nature!  (But seriously you can’t even go outside in Canada without getting frostbite.  NOT COOL.)

While it’s still cold, all I ever want is soup.  Hot soups, cold soups, ALL OF THE SOUPS.  And since I figured I can’t ALWAYS make Tom Ka Gai (https://thegirlwhoate.com/2013/06/19/tom-ka-gai/), I decided to move onto another Asian soup:  Hot and Sour!  I used THIS recipe:  http://food52.com/recipes/25530-joanne-chang-s-hot-and-sour-soup and it was delicious.

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Hot and Sour Soup

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 4 green onions, white and green parts, minced
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 lb firm tofu, cut into cubes
  • 5 mushrooms (I used button, but any sort should still be delish)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2/3 cups rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha (less if you want it less spicy, more if you want to be crying)
  • 2 eggs

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Chicken Stock

Congratulations!  You’ve butchered your first whole chicken!  Now what do you do with that carcass, those wings and wing tips?  Why, make chicken stock, of course!

Chicken Stock

  • chicken parts!  (carcass, wings and wing tips left over from THIS post)
  • 4 carrots, roughly cut into segments
  • 3 stalks of celery, roughly cut (tops and greens are good too!)
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 clump parsley (I used a combo of remnants of fresh Italian and dry since our local store was out of parsley?!)
  • some sprigs of thyme
  • water

In a large stock pot, throw in all of the ingredients.

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Fill with water.

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Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce to low.  Let that pot sit over a low heat uncovered for houuuuuurs aka sit on your butt and watch TV like I did.  Orange is the New Black, y’all.

Stir occasionally and wait for the house to smell like Thanksgiving.

I let mine go for about 3 hours, but it’s completely up to you.  I didn’t add any salt since you can always add that when you’re using the stock in a dish.

Strain it.

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Dump it into a plastic bag or some jars and freeze away for future dishes!

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Tom Ka Gai

Apparently I’m one of those people who gets sick on vacation.  I spent the last five days in Manuel San Antonio, Costa Rica, and with two days left on my wonderful vacation, I began to feel that gross phlemy throat feeling that is my body saying, oh good job, here’s a cold.  Then my nose started to get stuffy.  Then runny.  Then coughing and that lovely headache. Luckily this illness has mostly held off until I returned stateside, and that means it’s time for SOUP.

This is the soup that my roommate Jason and I make anytime we’re feeling under the weather.  We want liquids.   And hot and spicy liquids?  Even better.  I’ve made this more than any other soup, but beware if I’m making it for you, for it’s not for the faint of heart and you may feel like breathing fire.

Tom ka gai is a spicy coconut chicken soup that is made with a base of chicken stock and coconut milk, then gets a spice from hot peppers and an immune boost from lemon and ginger.  Here’s to feeling better.

Le ingredients.

Le ingredients.

Tom Ka Gai Soup

  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 quart of chicken stock
  • a few slices of galangal root (this is a Thai ginger root that can be found in most Asian sections of your grocery store)
  • 2-4 stalks of lemongrass, sliced lengthwise (my grocery store didn’t have stalks, so I used this weird tube stuff, but better than nothing.  you need that lemongrass flavor to really make this soup)
  • 1-2 serrano peppers, sliced thin (I use 2 peppers with seeds, but for a milder soup, use less pepper and remove the seeds on the pepper.  also do not make the mistake of rubbing your eyes)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 knob of ginger (I sliced some thinly, then grated the rest)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • juice of a lemon and some zest
  • 1 tablespoon of Sriracha (again, add less for less spice)
  • a bunch of mushrooms (any variety will do, I used buttons)
  • 1 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 head of bok choy
  • salt for seasoning

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Shrimp and Grits

Sometimes I don’t understand why there are foods that I never ate before coming to Texas.  Like breakfast tacos (why are these not a thing EVERYWHERE?! I do not understand), or in this case:  GRITS.  Grits are like a big cheesy pile of delicious mush.  And when you put shrimp and gravy over them, it’s like an explosion of awesomeness in your mouth.  And turns out they’re pretty easy to make.  It was harder to FIND them in the huge ass Whole Foods than it was to cook them.

Shrimp and Grits

(based on this recipe:  http://www.annies-eats.com/2013/01/16/shrimp-and-grits/)

  • 2 lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • juice of a lemon
  • hot sauce (I used Sriracha because obviously – this is optional if you’re a wuss)
  • 5 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups grits (not the instant kind)
  • 6 slices bacon (I got the thick sliced stuff at Whole Foods)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 of a green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • a bunch of mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar

First, defrost your shrimp if necessary and peel them.  Squeeze the lemon juice over the shrimp and drizzle with hot sauce (in this case, Sriracha).

Sriracha just goes on everything in my house.

Sriracha just goes on everything in my house.

Toss all that together and set aside.

Grab your grits.  This was the only kind that Whole Foods has that weren’t instant, but I think there’s also yellow grits.

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Also known as polenta?! Who knew?!?!

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