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October 29, 2013

Fall has definitely arrived in Boston – the leaves are changing and falling, we turned the heat on, and comfort food is on our minds.

This weekend we made chicken cordon bleu soup AND crockpot beef stew.

Crockpot beef stew is an easy one – everyone here likes it, and as long as the ingredients are on hand it’s a cinch to pull together.

Chicken cordon bleu soup, on the other hand!

We had it on vacation over the summer, and Alistair has been asking for it at home.  So finally I found a recipe and gave it a whirl.  (here’s the original recipe I started with).  I had to modify it quite a bit because Larry doesn’t care for cream-based soups, and neither he nor Alistair are big on Swiss cheese.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup

  • 8 cups chicken broth (2 boxes)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 lb ham (cubed if you can find it, or cold-cut style, or even leftover roast ham if you’ve got it)
  • 3 medium russet potatoes
  • 4 oz shredded Swiss cheese

Combine the chicken broth, butter, and seasonings into a heavy pot and bring to a boil.  While that’s going on, peel the potatoes and cut them and the chicken into smallish cubes.  Toss them into the pot and cover.

Now cut up the ham into small pieces too.  Toss it in, give it all a stir, and cover.

Bring it to a boil, then lower to a simmer and let it go for 15 minutes or so.

After you put it into individual bowls for serving, let each person put their own cheese on top.

The recipe also calls for garlic croutons, and we did have them on Saturday, but the fact is they don’t really add much.  And we didn’t ever miss the milk – the potatoes give off enough starch that the broth is pretty hearty stuff.


The other big thing that went on this weekend was that whole crochet business.

I did a few different practice pieces, to get the hang of each crochet stitch.  It is so very different from knitting, and I am left-handed to boot, so it was a struggle to switch my mind accordingly.

Finally I wrote out each stitch on its own index card, and stacked them up in the proper order.

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After that I was off to the races – I knocked out all seven ornaments on Sunday afternoon!
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