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Summer Soup With Chicken

I’m late to the table with some vegetables (like Bok Choy and Kale). My Farmer, Danelle, has quietly been the Veggie Pusher for a few seasons now.

I bought some Bok Choy a few days ago, thinking I would stir fry it. But I wasn’t in the mood. I wanted some calming soup! My recipe is a combination of a few I found on the internet coupled with my own pantry items 🙂

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Summer Soup with Chicken

1 Onion, diced
2 cloves Garlic, minced
2-4 Carrots, diced
2-3 Potatoes, peeled and diced
Salt & Pepper
4-6 Bok Choy stems, sliced and diced. Reserve leafy top and chop. Set Aside.
  1. Saute in a mixture of bacon grease, butter and Olive Oil (my holy trinity)
  2. Add 4 teaspoons Better Than Broth and 4 cups water OR Stock
  3. Let cook at medium-low until veggies are soft.
  4. Mix with a Boat Motor if you like it smooth. I like it half smooth and half chunkey.
  5. I then added 3 diced chicken tenders and cooked until chicken was cooked thru.
  6. Add the Bok Choy tops and cook a bit longer until they are wilted.
Serve with Crackers. Maybe a sprinkle of Parmesan Cheese.
sautee veggies

Chicken Stock in a Vingage Pot

Let’s Face it, you need a BigArse Pot for making Chicken Stock!

Last night, I found some Bare Chicken on sale at Hy-Vee for $4. FOUR DOLLARS A CHICKEN!!! That is unheard of. The tricky part was those wonderful Organic, sort of Local Chickens “expired” tomorrow, so I had to either freeze them or cook them. I figured as long as I was cooking one of them, I’d cook both.

Veggies for Chicken StockChickens Before RoastingOXO ThermometerI’ve learned (the hard way) to always use a thermometer and/or a timer when cooking. I love my OXO digital thermometer. Vintage Pot with Copper LidI am using this extra large pot I got from Dan’s Grandmother’s kitchen after she passed away a few months ago. It is quite large and has a copper top. I didn’t have a pot large enough for 2 chickens until now!

What's In the potBubbling Chicken Stock

The Bucket O Basil

I like to shop online…and that includes shopping for produce! Danelle at OneFarm, understands that, and she puts her produce online once a week. I shop, place the order, and pick it up a few days later!
This time, I ordered a Bucketful of Basil! She let me take the bucket home (so I need to return it full of something….hmmmmmm) and it was then that it dawned on me that I actually had to DO something with all the Basil!

Bucket of Basil
Bucket of Fresh from One Farm Basil

I asked some friends on Facebook and they came up with 368 different things I could do with it! I settled on these:

Basil Salt

Basil Salt
Dump out the Basil Salt on a cookie sheet and bake until it is dry.

Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto in Cubes
I spooned the Basil Pesto—-minus the Parmesan Cheese—-into some Ice Cube trays and then bagged them up for later use.

Basil Cubes

Frozen Cubes of Chopped Basil
Frozen Cubes of Chopped Basil

Basil Butter

Basil Butter in Food Processor
It only takes a second to mix the butter and basil into a loves Basil Butter!
  • Basil Leaves
    I take the fresh Basil leaves off the stems and give them a “rough chop” as Ina would say.
    Basil Bunch
    Mmmmmmmm. Take a big whiff! Can’t you just SMELL the Basil goodness?!
    Pine Nuts
    Pine Nuts from Omaha’s Herman’s Nut House
    Basil Flowers
    I love the sweet flowers I found in my batch of Basil from One Farm
    Pouring Salt into Food Processor
    Pouring Salt into the Food Processor

    Basil Salt in a Weck Jar
    I stored my Basil Salt in a tall glass Weck Jar. I’ll decant it into smaller containers to use at the table and for cooking.

Potato Vegetable Soup

I love a good soup. Any time of the year. Soup is an especially good treat in the summer! I made up this soup tonight with some of the vegetables from One Farm, but I was inspired by the Potatoes Danelle dug today. She planted and harvested 2 kinds….a red and a purple.

Potato VegetablesI used everything but the radishes in my Chunky Thick Rib-Sticking Potato Soup.

Vegetables in a Calphalon PanThere are no real measurements for this soup…..I wrote down a recipe but you have to make changes as you go. This recipe is not written in stone. You may like a different vegetable or cheese or spice. You can do that with soup. Soup forgives.

Local Cheese in a Potato SoupPotato Cheese Soup in a Weck JarSoup Recipe

Looked what I Picked (up) at One Farm!

Get it? I picked it UP.
Danelle does all the work.

All Bagged to Go
One Farm produce is cleaned and bagged and ready for pick-up.
One Farm Coolers
One Farm takes such great care keeping the product cold and not smashed.
Purplette Onons
Purplette Onions
Dinner in a Bag Veggies
Dinner in a Bag Veggies….Cabbage, Radishes, Carrots, Green Onions & Thyme
Gold Beets
Gold Beets right from the ground at One Farm
Genovese Basil
A bucket of Genovese Basil. I plan to make some Basil Salt and some Pesto.
Purple Viking & Red Thumb Potatoes
Purple Viking and Red Thumb Potatoes from One Farm…..stored in my Vintage Longaberger Basket
Dinner In A Bag
Dinner in a Bag. Cabbage, Carrots, Green Onions, Radishes and Thyme
Gold Beets from One Farm, Iowa
Golden Beets

Caesar Salad

Got my first internet order from One Farm! I place my order via Local Dirt and Danelle picks it from her farm and I pick it up at her house! I chose some lettuces with the intention of making a Caesar Salad with from scratch dressing. One Farm Romain Lettuce deserves REAL dressing 🙂

Salad Bowl

I based my Caesar Salad Dressing on my trusty Cooks Illustrated site, but I didn’t use all the same ingredients. I did not have any anchovy fillets, but I would use them if I had them. There are many tips, tricks and hints about this salad, so go read it if you can.

Prepping to make Caesar Salad Dressing

It takes some Prep to make a salad! I worked on this one for maybe an hour. I added sauteed chicken tenders, which isn’t always included. I also boiled the eggs for 1 minute to give them extra creaminess in the dressing. I love using my super duper big Salad Bowl.

Many Caesar Salad Ingredients

I used 1 t. Grated Garlic and let it sit for 15 minutes in the juice of 1/2 a lemon. Added 1 t. Worchestershire sauce, 2 coddled egg yolks, 6 t. Olive Oil & 4 t. Canola Oil, a Dollop of Dijon Mustard, and some Grated Parmesan.  I made the Croutons out of Take-N-Bake Ciabatta Bread and some olive oil. I baked them til browned and crunchy.  I used 2 kinds of Romaine lettuce and some spinach. Then, assembled the salad!

Caesar Salad on the Table

It was good, fresh, crunchy and satisfying. I’ll make it again, using another recipe. But I’ll always use homemade croutons.