I’ve had such a rough week. Last Sunday, a friend’s DH died on the tennis courts at the age of 44, leaving behind his wife, and 2 young children. The town is in mourning, and we are all pulling together to support this devastated family.
Although I feel so very sad for my friend, I have also been grieving all over again for my beloved father, who also passed away instantly, while performing a sport he adored (diving). I didn’t understand at first why I was so hard hit by the news of my friend’s DH, until I found myself snapping at my 10 yr. old son, crying out that I had lost my father, too.
After a soothing session on the phone with my mother, who listened, then told me to eat a bowl of soup, take a hot shower, and get in bed (thank you, Mommy– I did what you said, for a change!), I understood what was happening in my own heart. I was able to process my grief, and move forward with helping my friend. After all, this time is about her and supporting her family.
As a thank you to my dear friend, Lynn, who as always supplied me with tender loving care, I am posting the comforting soup I made the other night.
Chicken and Dumpling Soup
1 large boneless chicken breast, cut into 1″ pieces
1 or 2 onions, sliced or chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
2 Tbl. flour
2 cans chicken broth
2 cans water
2 cups thinly sliced carrots
3/4 tsp. thyme (I prefer Summer Savory, tho!)
1 cup low fat Bisquick
6 Tbl. milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Coat a large heavy pot with oil, heat up. Add chicken and onion, saute until brown (about 10 min.) Add celery, saute another 2 min. Sprinkle mixture with flour, saute 1 min. Add broth, water, carrot, 1/2 tsp. thyme, and pepper. Stir well. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 min, stirring occasionally.
Combine 1/4 tsp. thyme, Bisquick, milk, and cheese in small bowl. Drop the dough by the spoonful into the soup. Cover and cook over med-low heat about 15 min.
I also drop some stale Italian bread into the soup bowls before I ladle it out. More carbs= more comfort!