The Year of Chicken Noodle Soup

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Thus far my main prediction for 2013 is that I am going to eat a lot of chicken noodle soup.

In that sense, 2013 will not be so very different from the last month of 2012, during which time I also ate many a bowl of chicken noodle soup. I’ve always enjoyed chicken noodle soup, sure, but lately it’s suddenly one my favorite foods and the only thing I ever want to eat.

You could say chicken noodle soup is the new microwave burritos.

Meanwhile, I am unable to predict much else beyond noodle soup; I am nonetheless hoping that some additional, slightly-more-exciting-than-chicken-noodle-soup-consumption things will happen to me in the coming year.

Some burning questions I have about 2013 include:

  • Will I complete Couch to 5K and finally become a runner? (Yes!  No!  Yes!  No!  This one could go either way!)
  • Will my neighbor ever find Butchy once and for all? (I don’t think so!)
  • Will I be forced to move against my will because the apartment I live in gets sold? (Maybe?!)
  • Will I find myself a future-husband, as so many of those around me (including my little sister!!!) have been doing lately? (Only if he’ll get up early and make me quiches, I have decided!)
  • Will I finally save enough money to take my trip to France? (Let’s talk about that in 2014!)
  • Will I get a summer job? (I better or else!)
  • Will I finally write that novel I’ve been saying I’m going to write? (YES or maybe that other novel, but definitely one of them!)

I genuinely like the New Year.  Even though intellectually I know that nothing really changes all that much just because a new year starts, I always feel like it might and I like that feeling.

Welcome 2013, and bring on the chicken noodle soup please.

16+ cups of homemade broth ready for the freezer, 2013!

16+ cups of homemade broth are ready for the freezer, 2013!

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The Year of Blue Cheese

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A List of 12 Soups I Should Like to Make in ’12:

  • Pear Soup (with Blue Cheese and Bacon)
  • Roasted Tomato Soup
  • Lentil Soup with Sausage
  • Italian Wedding Soup
  • Tortilla Soup
  • Pasta and Peas (aka “Cheech”)
  • Chicken and Dumpling soup
  • French Onion Soup
  • Tuscan White Bean Soup
  • Portuguese Chourizo and Kale Soup
  • Minestrone
  • Cream of Parsnip Soup with Potato Crisps and Bacon

In developing this list, I used two main methods.  One was that I just wrote down names of soups that I have heard of or eaten before.  The other was that I wrote down names of soups whose recipes I specifically have read and want to make.

As for the first soup I listed – Pear Soup (with Blue Cheese and Bacon) – I actually just made and ate it tonight.  I have been having a love affair with pears since this fall, so when I saw a pear soup somewhere I thought, “YES!  THIS IS A GOOD IDEA!”  After years of thinking I disliked it, I have also recently come ’round on blue cheese.  So this recipe combining these two recent loves of mine plus the old standby love, Bacon, was something I had to make immediately, especially given the atmosphere of soup-making and eating that I hope to cultivate in 2012.

This soup was delicious, made all the more so by the inclusion of this “blue cheese” stuff.  I have decided to actively pursue blue cheese in 2012, in addition to making at least one soup a week.  Making soups falls under my 1st Goal for 2012, which is to eat healthier (a start-of-year goal that I have made for the last every year or so of my life, I believe) and cook more.

you taste like mold. like delicious, delicious mold.

So, 2012 Goal #1 – off to a a pretty decent start*!

*(not that I am making any claims to bacon or blue cheese being HEALTHY healthy, but they are REAL foods and were in pretty small doses and JUST SO DELICIOUS)