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It seems inevitable, that at the start of the school year, my children come down with some type of upper respiratory infection. When my youngest was having his bout with the virus, he requested some chicken soup. So, I trotted off to the HFS and picked up a couple of cans of rather pricey soup and brought them home. In opening the cans, I was shocked and dismayed at the contents… a couple of pieces of chicken and a mushy, I assume vegetable?? or two… I couldn’t believe I paid close to 3 bucks a can for that swill! “Heck… I can do better for this and a lot cheaper too”, I thought to myself.
So I began heading toward the door to buy ingredients for homemade chicken soup. But then… whoa… wait a minute here… would I be able to resist eating homemade chicken soup? It was my mother’s recipe… reminiscent of all that nurturing wonderfulness that only a mother’s soup can provide. No… I better make it turkey soup… if I can find fresh or thawed free-range turkey somewhere this time of year.
Fortunately for me, Whole Foods did have a rather large half of thawed turkey breast available. Even though chicken would have been much cheaper, I went with the turkey. My son is an A non-secretor… turkey is beneficial for him. Plus… I found out that at this Whole Foods, they usually thaw one or two turkeys a day and if I call the night before, I can request whatever part of the turkey I want and they will hold it for me. Excellent… I love turkey thighs! Also… good to know that their “fresh” turkey is previously frozen.
So back at home and I felt rather silly dropping a turkey breast into a pot of boiling water rather than roasting it first… but my son needed soup so into the soup pot it went. I usually make turkey soup with the carcass of the turkey so I wasn’t sure how flavorful the broth would be. Not as rich… but it was surprisingly good. And the amount of turkey meat that was on that breast… made it worth every penny. I got a huge pot of the meatiest turkey soup I have ever made.
Which was a very good thing because… yes, I came down with the virus too. It has been several years since I have had a bad URI. I was so grateful I had made that pot of turkey soup… so wonderfully nourishing when feeling under the weather.
Worth every penny… and more…
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