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Keep Warm with Soup 
 
Feb. 26, 2011 2:04 pm 
Updated: Feb. 28, 2011 7:37 am
Soup is a comforting food in the winter. It is also a tasty way to get your vegetables.

Chicken and Bean Soup

1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
1/2 cup sliced leek, white only
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot
1/2 cup thinly slice celery
8 cups chicken broth, homemade or canned*
2 cups diced cooked  chicken
2 cups chopped well washed escarole
1, 16 oz. can white or cannelini beans, drained
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon each dried thyme, basil and oregano

In a 4 quart pot, heat oil over medium high heat. Saute leek, carrot and celery until leek is clear, about 5 minutes. Add broth, chicken and escarole. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil again, reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer an additional 30 minutes. Serves 10 to 12. Refrigerate leftovers in up to 5 days.
*I am using a new technique for improving the flavor of my home made broth. Whenever I roast a chicken I don't need all the drippings for making gravy. I refrigerate the remaining drippings overnight. The next day, I discard the fat that rises to the top. I then freeze the remaining liquid, making sure I  label the container well. I then add this to broth when I make  soup. It really intensifies the chicken flavor.
 
Comments
Feb. 28, 2011 7:37 am
Sounds yummy! I'd like to try this one sometime.
 
 
 
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Carpentersville, Illinois, USA
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About Me
I love to develop new recipes. I have had 15 recipes published by Reiman publications, publishers of TASTE OF HOME magazine. I like to try at least one new recipe a week. My other interests that aren't listed above are running and horse racing. By profession I am a registered medical technologist currently working in microbiology at a local medical center.
My favorite things to cook
Soups. Main dishes for interesting evening meals. Simple baking like cookie jar cookies and quick breads.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I basically make Thanksgiving dinner like my mom did.
My cooking triumphs
Winning a runner up prize for my lasagne recipe when I worked for the Nestle corporation. (I was a part time R&D assistant for the Willy Wonka Candy Factory)
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Trying to make sweet and sour shrimp with deep fried shrimp. Coating came off the shrimp when I put the sauce on. My familiy refused to eat it. We were short of money then and it hurt to waste the food and then go get MacDonald's for dinner.
 
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