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My Soup & Stock Base

My Soup & Stock Base

I love to cook.

I’m happy that I happen to really good it at. I love it so much that I've taught 2 friends and my husband the basics and watched them morph into amazing cooks on their own! It's such an essential and rewarding skill. I live to eat, not the other way around, and nothing soothes me more. During weather changes I always get stuffy in the head and nose plus some throat irritation. Not a full cold but definitely my body saying we prefer warm, humid air and sunshine.

This is a recipe I can always count on to bring me back to life. Healthy-ish, healing, warm and yummy. 

Homemade chicken stock.

This recipe is "adapted" from Smitten Kitchen. If you are not into this blog and you love cooking you're missing out. I stalk this blog and have picked up tons of tips and tricks as well as amazing food ideas. (I rarely follow a recipe; instead I use food blogs to become inspired on what I want to make, then whip up my own version) 

Homemade Chicken Broth
3 pounds uncooked chicken wings (this is usually a small pack, not the family pack)
3 quarts water (12 cups)
2 large onions, chopped
A few garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
1 bay leaf
A few peppercorns
1 teaspoon table salt, or more to taste* (I always use more, like a tablespoon, but I often skip adding salt to my soups, instead using the broth to flavor it)

Cook the broth in a slow cooker for 12-14 hours. When completely (!) cooled, strain, then ladle into quart bags and freeze.

upclose&epic tip: i keep wonton soup containers just so i can freeze broth in them later. 

I like a really well cooked stock with developed flavors. This broth is so delish that once it's done, I always curl up with a bowl and just sip and sip. It tastes like a grandmother simmered it all day. I use it as a base for 3 other soups I frequently whip up, chicken and corn chowder, zuppa toscana, and a ramen with 6 minute egg. It really is the best thing to have on hand when it’s freezing out.

what do you make when the weather is brutal and you need something warm and comforting?

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