Snowpocalypse 2010….DC Edition

Well I guess it’s not news to anyone out there that DC has been having an unusually large amount of snow. This is shocking to me, as we normally get maybe one storm per year. I actually kinda like this, I’ve been out of work since last Thursday and I won’t be going back until next Tuesday! Woo! Normally this would mean lots of baking, cleaning, and movies; however, i am snowed in at Keith’s house this time around so it means….lots of cooking, reading, and movies. Not a huge difference. 😉

Today we went for a walk in the snow. It sounded romantic when we were warm inside; a little less so once we were outside in 28 mph winds with snow getting in every exposed crack in my clothing!

Snowpocalypse 2010

We tried to walk in the snow...

However, the wonderful thing about today was coming back from our chilly walk to a beautiful pot of chicken noodle soup! We had everything we needed and especially welcome was the Better than Bouillon soup base that Keith happened to have in the fridge. I make your basic chicken noodle soup all the time with (since i have yet to find one in a can that is gluten free), but the Better than Bouillon really punches it up a notch flavor wise. I highly recommend it 🙂

A really basic recipe for my Chicken Noodle soup is as follows:

2 stalks celery
3 carrots
8 cups chicken stock made with Better Than Bouillon
1/2 white onion
1 clove garlic
thyme
bay leaf
salt
pepper
Gluten free pasta (I used Cornito pasta because I like how it holds up in soup, but you can use whatever. Tinkyada works well too!)
Chopped roasted chicken (Rotisserie is especially good!)

There is no science to this soup. melt some butter, toss in the chopped veggies and cook till soft. Toss in herbs, broth, and salt and pepper and cook for a few hours. about 2 minutes before you’re ready to eat, put in the pasta and chicken and put on lowest heat. Ta da! Instant warming amazingness. The best thing about it is that you can change it up however you want and it takes about 15 minutes to put together. The result is a huge return on investment, as it were.

Anyway, I hope you are all staying warm and toasty! Make some homemade soup and a grilled cheese tonight and you will be a happy camper!

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