Pirate Kitchen

Not Your Grandmother’s Chicken Soup!

General, Gluten Free, Soup, Winter | January 28, 2012 | By

Chicken Soup and Bread On Snow
This chicken soup looks sweet and innocent and well, like any other homemade chicken soup (see above photo) but…it’s not. Imagine your grandmother dabbling a bit with the goth look. Don’t be afraid: she’s still the sweet grandmother you know and love, but she’s wearing black boots, black nail polish and/or lots of black eyeliner! Ok, so this is chicken soup and looks like it, but there’s definitely something different and that’s what makes it so great. I’ve made chicken soup every way you can think of: boiling whole chickens, roasting the carcass and then boiling that – you name it, I’ve done it. Then why make this? Because it’s just different enough while still being chicken soup and it’s easy. And then you ask, what makes it so different? Cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon, and red pepper flakes. Oh, and the easy comes into play since you don’t have to strain anything. So, I found myself again last week looking at snow and warming up just thinking about that soup…

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No Knead Bread

Baking, Breads, General | January 16, 2012 | By

No Knead Bread

Last year has overlapped into the New Year and good things continue. This bread is both the perfect recipe and theme for my first post of the year: Simplicity. Over the years, my intensity level has come way down and I’m less focused on perfection and “getting it right”. From that perspective, not much can really go wrong! Who knew how much fun relaxing could be? The first time I made this bread, it was easy, delicious and gone in a few hours. YUM. I can’t believe how good it is. The last time (which was the second time) I made it I increased the salt a bit and well, *wow*. Before I knew what was happening, I’d cut both ends off and eaten them. There’s been a lot of internet activity about this bread phenomenon since 2006. Check this one out. So, make the bread, sit back, relax and enjoy. Happy New Year.

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