Food for Friday

Yay!  We’re sitting here waiting for The Big One of 2010 – snow!  I really hope everyone stays safe on the roads today.

I’m thinking about what’s good to eat when you’re snowed in – maybe a big pot of stew?  We don’t actually have a cookbook titled “Snowed-in Favorites,” so instead I’m checking out Family Favorite Recipes from Gooseberry Patch.  This volume includes a paragraph on “How Did Gooseberry Patch Get Started?”, an oft-asked question, I’m sure.

Here’s what I recommend for the home bound, submitted by Michelle Heurung, Mokena, IL:

Cream of Chicken-Rice Soup


4 quarts water
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 carrots, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1/4 C fresh parsley, minced
1/4 C butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C rice, uncooked
2 t salt
2 C milk
1/2 C cornstarch

Bring water to a boil in a Dutch oven.  Add chicken and cook until done.  Remove chicken from broth to cool, reserving broth in Dutch oven.

Meanwhile, sauté carrots, celery, onion and parsley in a large skillet until tender.  Add garlic and cook one minute.  Cut chicken into bite-size pieces.  Add sautéed vegetables and chicken to reserved broth.  Stir in rice and salt and simmer 15 minutes.  Mix together milk and cornstarch; add to soup.  Stir until thickened.  Serves 16 to 20.

C = Cup; T = Tablespoon; t = teaspoon

That should keep the troops going ~ especially the ones you send out to shovel and scrape!

Again, everyone have a safe weekend out there ~ Christmas Place staff is headed over to the hotel tonight so we’ll be here in the morning.  When you do get out and about tomorrow, come in and say hello.  We’ll look forward to your company!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

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