Heart-y Chicken Soup

Last week, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided that warm chicken soup was just what I needed to fend off the grumpiness-inducinge snowstorm that was de-railing my evening plans. AND, I decided to put a heart-shaped spin on it, something I’ve done once before!snowhearts

Ingredients:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • celery, washed and cut into small pieces
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • Chicken Broth (at least 3 of those square cardboard containers)
  • Lasagna noodles, pre-cooked (al dente!)
  • fresh rosemary
  • green beans, cut in two

Kitchen Implements:

  • small heart-shaped cookie cutters/fondant cutters

Step 1 – Gather Ingredients!

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Step 2 – The Chicken Part

Prep the chicken by taking all of the meat off of the bones and setting it aside.

chicken and rosemary

Once you’ve picked it clean, put the carcass, the fresh rosemary, and at least one container of chicken stock in a pot and boil it. This makes an amazing, aromatic, and delicious broth-base that will amp up the awesome-factor of your soup!

Step 3 – Heartify!

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Pre-cook the noodles (not fully, or they will be mushy when they go into the soup!) and peel and slice the carrots.20150214_143924

Use the heart-shaped cookie/fondant cutters to cut hearts out of both!20150214_141014

Step 4- Assemble!

Sautée onions in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil, add celery and simmer. Add peppers and cover with remaining non-rosemary broth. Add remaining ingredients (carrots, chicken, beans).Assembling the Soup

Step 5: Final Steps!

20150214_154021Strain your rosemary broth and add the richer broth to the soup and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally. About 10 minutes before serving, add in the heart pasta!

Step 6: ENJOY!

Voila!

 

 

 

 

Valentine LOVE: Hating Valentine’s Day is Lame

Who doesn’t love Valentine’s Day?!?

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Valentines Day is the perfect holiday; my favorite, actually! I submit that it should really be everyone’s favorite, actually. I mean, it’s a day consecrated to telling everyone how much you love them. What could be better? You get to eat chocolate, love on people and wear bright, warm, happy colors! It’s basically a win-win-win situation! People who hate valentines day are just selfish. Oh don’t get all offended. Think about it! Why do people hate Valentine’s day so openly and aggressively? It is always one of two reasons.

A.) Because they are single.

or

B.) Because nobody makes them feel special. Or special “enough”.

This is a whole load of hooey. Valentine’s Day should NOT be all about YOU feeling special and everybody showering YOU with love! If you are expecting that, you will always be disappointed! Okay, yes, people who are in couples often use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to be particularly nauseating, but this is NOT a reason to hate it, just all the more reason to RECLAIM it! Valentine’s day should be about EVERYONE pausing to recognize that they are enormously blessed by the people in their lives. It should be about showing appreciation for the people we come into contact with every day; about showering people we care about with love. Nothing could be more joyful to celebrate! What could really be better than a day meant to tell people how much you love them? And not just romantically (for you single people who get all angsty!). I have never once had a serious significant other around for a Valentine’s Day celebration. . . but that hasn’t stopped me from having an INCREDIBLE eight years of Valentine joy in my adult life. So, my message to you is the same one I give to myself: Don’t be bitter. Love on people who ARE in your life rather than pouting about the people who aren’t or resenting the happy people around you for the 24 hours of February 14th!

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Don’t wreck your Valentine’s day with demanding expectations, just enjoy showering love on other people!

A little Chronicle of My Valentine’s Past!

Freshman Year: Loving New Friends!

Sophomore Year: Growing Friendship Love!

Babysitting Love

Love Overseas: Studying Abroad is NOT an excuse to ignore Valentines Day!

Kitten Love: Sometimes it’s also okay to be nerdy about who/what you love.

Comforting Love: Put a little extra HEART into your chicken soup and share the love with Chicken soup for all!