I have often said, firmly believe and written that chicken soup contains healing powers. Of course, that has been debated by many over the years. I just know that for me a bowl of warm chicken soup puts my mind and body in a restful state. And in the end isn’t that what helps heal the body?
Recently I found myself suffering from an unknown stomach ailment that put me in the hospital for a few days. The day I came home my good friend and neighbor Lorraine called to see how I was doing and told me that she was sending her husband John over with a pot of chicken soup for Randy and I. Trust me when I tell you that was music to my ears.
We talked a bit about the real or imagined magical properties of chicken soup and she said, “There are no magical properties in chicken soup, but the fact that someone loves you enough to make it, makes you feel better”. What a beautiful sentiment!
A few minutes in the microwave and Randy and I were enjoying a bowl of wonderful yumminess. As we finished our dinner I heard Randy saying, “Umm umm good, umm umm good, Lorraine Morelli’s chicken soup is umm umm good”. Yes, I know that was a take on the Campbell soup jingle. For Randy humming that jingle about Lorraine’s soup was high praise indeed.
I thanked Lorraine profusely and asked if she would share her recipe. This was her answer: “Recipe? What recipe? Stick chicken breasts in a pot, add broth and potatoes. What recipe?”
Lorraine’s chicken soup:
Progresso chicken broth
Canned tomatoes, plus liquid
Lorraine did not add spices saying, ” I usually add stuff but your tummy was funny. I’ll make REAL soup when the weather is cooler and everyone’s digestive tracts are back”.
“I made some for John and added fresh spinach just till wilted (but for you I was eliminating fiber),” she continued.
I thought to myself: Real soup? This soup was perfect, absolute ambrosia and just what I needed. Randy and I finished the rest of the soup for lunch the next day and it tasted even better.
The good news is that in a few days I did feel better thanks to a combination of antibiotics, rest, the love and concern of family, friends and I believe Lorraine’s chicken soup.