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Self-Soothing Chicken Noodle Soup PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 17:36

 

 

I think that most people have a favorite version of chicken noodle soup. Whether it's their grandmother's recipe – or they add a cup o' water to some condensed soup in a can – there's usually a sentimental favorite.

 

My favorite chicken noodle soup recipe is the opposite of a sentimental favorite though.

 

It's a recipe I put together one day a few years ago when Jedd had a bad flu. I kept him hydrated with ginger ale, water and chicken bouillon, but I needed a little comfort too. He rarely gets sick and seeing him feverish was freaking me out.

 

So I self-soothed with chicken noodle soup.

 

Whenever I make this on a cold night, I think of those couple of miserable days when he was down with the flu.

 

It's a mixed bag of emotion.

 

“Mmmm, this is amazing chicken noodle soup.”

 

“Ugh, but it reminds me of when Jedd had the flu.”

 

“But, it's really, really, good.”

 

 
Herbed Lasagna with Oregano Puree PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 19:29

 

 

There are two ways you can make this dish: The easy way or the fun way.

 

Of course to me, “fun” sometimes means taking a couple hours to make it from start to finish.

 

But - in defense of my insanity – I received a pasta roller for my birthday last week.

 

A gorgeous, red pasta roller.

 

Oh, and for Christmas Jedd surprised me with a homemade pasta drying rack.

 

A wonderful handmade pasta drying rack.

 

I promptly burst into tears when I unwrapped it.

 

(Again, in my weird defense it has been a rough holiday season. My grandmother has been really ill, and it was difficult to feel the “holiday spirit.” It was a very un-Christmas-like Christmas. So, seeing the love and work that Jedd put into that pasta rack made me cry the happy tears.)

 

At any rate, I was feeling like I needed a project on a cold and windy Monday. So I decided to make lasagna completely from scratch.

 

And this was definitely a “project.” However, it was soothing – and at times pretty funny – because we have a small space. At one point between the sauce, the hanging noodles, the large pot of boiling water and trying to balance the lasagna pan on the toaster and microwave, I definitely got the giggles.

 

If you decide to use pasta from a box, it will be much easier.

 

However, I loved the herby homemade lasagna noodles and Jedd raved about the silky texture of both the noodles and the sauce. Also, for someone who loves to cook, one of the best smells in the world is a cheese sauce bubbling away on the stove top.

 

The one thing that is actually easy as pie, though, is the oregano puree. It comes together in seconds, and I want to eat in on everything.

 

Everything.

 

Playing with new toys? Check. A hearty meal? Check.

 

It was a lovely way to spend a cold afternoon.

 

 
Southwestern Kale Chips PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Monday, 05 January 2015 16:44

 

Everyone knows that kale is remarkably good for you. But, here's a lesser known fact, kale chips are incredibly addictive.

 

You know that old ad campaign for a certain potato chip company that says, “You can't just eat one.”

 

That applies to these too.

 

They're salty, spicy and full of flavor. And impossible to put down.

 

Find a show to marathon on Netflix and whip a batch of these up. You'll love yourself.

 

 
Turmeric and Lemon Artichoke Chicken PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Sunday, 04 January 2015 14:54

 

 

 

Hello January, you old so-and-so of a dark and dreary month! We have a couple of tricks to minimize your 4:30 darkness, and barely breaking 15 degree days. First, we keep our twinkly lights up so it's still pretty and cheerful at night. The second trick is to throw a lot of turmeric into our dishes.

 

Not only is turmeric an anti-inflammatory and filled with manganese and iron, it's also inexpensive and beautiful. So when the days are short and dark – add turmeric to anything from a chicken dish to a casserole if you want to add a splash of sunny color.

 

Jedd's face lit up when he saw these thighs combined with turmeric and lemony artichokes.

 

Take that, January!

 

 
Barley and Endive Salad with Parsley Pesto PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Thursday, 11 December 2014 15:39

 

 

My father-in-law is vegan, and he eats a decent amount of tofu. In fact, I never really enjoyed tofu until he made me his signature dish.

 

He mixes together a mean stir-fry of tofu, broccoli, onions, chili oil, and he uses garlic so judiciously that I don't even know it's there.

 

How awesome is that?

 

And I like to make him little meals to give him the night off from cooking occasionally.

 

This meal came about when I was craving barley for lunch and I decided to make a huge barley salad with enough leftover to send out to him.

 

Barley may seem like a slightly odd thing to crave, but it's been more and more on my mind - and on my plate. It's ridiculously good for you, and it's filling.

 

Oh, and it's inexpensive.

 

Also because it's December, endive seemed like an appropriate addition. Add some cherry tomatoes for color, a whole lot of herbs – and hello, pretty and healthy salad!

 

My father-in-law is fairly low-key kind of guy, so when my husband came home from the salad delivery and said that his father “loved it,” well, I felt like I'd won a Nobel prize.

 

“So, your Dad liked it?”

 

“No Launie, he loved it.”

 

“Holy macaroni.”

 

 
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