Pay It Forward...With Chicken Soup

We all know someone who has been hit with a nasty illness this past month and the chances are you will know more than one. My suggestion is to pay it forward with some soup. Drop it on their doorstep and tip toe silently away. When a mom gets sick, taking care of the family is no longer the toughest job, it's the roughest job. So here's my quick chicken soup to heal what ails.

Chicken Soup For Your Soul Into Your Bowl

Fill large pot with cold water
Add one large chicken (free range is best)
One whole onion (unpeeled)
1 head of garlic (unpeeled...told you this was easy)
1/2 bunch of dill
1/2 bunch of parsley
2 large carrots
2 celery stalks
1 bay leaf
lots of salt and pepper
2 TB apple cider vinegar (don't skip this step)

Bring to a boil, cover, simmer for hours and hours. This is best to start in the morning. Later that day, saute some carrots, celery and yes, more garlic in a large pot. Strain the stock in a colander over the second pot. When the pieces in the colander cool off, go through and pick out the pieces of chicken and any veges you wish to add to the soup.

Just before delivering to your sick friend add more dill, parsley and a big squeeze of lemon.

Give the soup a stir (ok... that was shameless on my part!)

Pay it forward.