Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Cream of Chicken Soup

"The good news," Kevin said, "is that there's enough enamel left for me to crown your tooth. Next Monday." (Yes, of course I call my dentist Kevin. He calls me Marjie, after all.) The tooth is broken off at the gumline, all the way around, but there's no nerve exposed. Be happy, Kevin says, and eat whatever you want.

Except that I'm afraid to eat anything that involves teeth. On top of that, I can't tolerate hot or cold. Oh, that makes eating so much fun. So, last night, while everyone else ate a lovely roast turkey breast with rice and cranberry sauce, I made myself a small batch of cream of chicken soup. This is enough for 2 people, when served with bread.


2 tbsp butter
1 small chicken breast (about 3 oz.)
1 tbsp onion, grated
1/2 carrot, grated
2 tbsp. cornstarch
2 cups chicken broth
1 rib celery, minced
1/2 cup cooked rice

1/4 cup dry milk powder
1/2 cup heavy cream
fresh ground pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a sauce pan. Cut the chicken into very small pieces, and cook the chicken with onion and carrot in the butter for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables are softened. Stir in the cornstarch until the chicken and vegetables are coated; slowly add the chicken broth, stirring so the cornstarch doesn't lump up. Add the celery and simmer about 30 minutes. Stir in the dry milk powder and cooked rice; when it's hot, stir in the cream and continue cooking 1 to 2 minutes. Grind in pepper and serve with bread. 2 servings.
My picture was taken before I poured my soup in the blender, so I could avoid chewing, because I wanted you to see how pretty it was. It tasted good even without the solids!

Doubtless there will be anothe soup tonight. Or maybe just a bread recipe.
But there's enough soup left over for me to eat some today, and that's a plus!


Paula said...

Wow! Well, what a bummer to know that you'll be getting a crown, but not the type that sits on your head. That's an incredible fracture! Sounds like it was a perfect split. Nothing like visiting the dentist multiple times for one tooth. *sigh*

Oooooh, you know I'm soup girl. This sounds and looks just PERFECT! And, it's gluten free so little souper girl can eat it, too. This will be made in my house immediately.

And, soup on a daily basis is a good thing! It warms your soul, comforts the body, and requires minimal chewing on soon-to-be crowned teeth.

Hope this is all behind you soon.

Pam said...

I love creamy chicken soup and yours looks really good. By the way, your dog is too cute for words.

Firefly Nights said...

You know, I just realized I'd never had cream of chicken soup that didn't come from a can. Thanks for posting your recipe. I'm going to try it.

Pam said...

Marjie, I hate, hate, hate going to the dentist. I feel so sorry for you. But I love, love, love cream of chicken soup. I even like Campbell's! So, I can't wait to try this.