By Paula Dream
As I am writing this issue’s column, I am shivering and wondering where our 90-degree weather has gone. So I will be short and sweet with you. With the alternating cold/warm weather, it’s hard to go anywhere without hearing a cough or sniffles. I hope you are holding out well.
Here are some tummy-warming recipes that are sure to make you feel better and warm inside. Meanwhile, don’t forget our advertisers who help make this publication possible.
HOMEMADE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP
1-1/2 to 2 pounds chicken breast or thighs,
Bone-in with skin
8 cups chicken stock
1 small onion chopped
1 carrot, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 celery rib, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1-1/2 to 2 cups egg noodles or spaghetti,
1 tablespoon minced parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Pour chicken stock into a large pot. Place chicken pieces in stock and boil over medium-high heat until done. Remove chicken to a platter to rest. Lower heat to a simmer and add all ingredients. Cover. Meanwhile, remove skin from chicken. Then remove meat from bone, tearing into bite-size pieces. Increase heat under stock and veggies, cooking until just tender. Add pasta to stock and veggies and cook until tender. Salt and pepper to taste.
MEXICAN CORNBREAD CASSEROLE
1 to 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 package Mexican cornbread mix
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 to ¾ cup fresh or frozen green, yellow, and
Red bell peppers, chopped
Jalapeno peppers, sliced
1 can diced tomatoes with chopped green
1 can cream-style corn
American or cheddar cheese slices
Brown ground meat in a medium iron skillet with onions and bell peppers. Drain excessive grease. Add tomatoes with chilies and simmer at medium heat. Meanwhile, prepare cornbread mix per packet instructions. Pour cornbread mix over ground beef mixture. Dot top of cornbread mixture with jalapeno slices and cheese slices. Bake at 350 degrees until cornbread is browned and firm.
Paula Dream, AKA Kale Haygood, owns Beyond Service, a Montrose-based home-cooking catering company. For more information, call 713-805-4106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.