Daring Cooks: Stock to Soup to Consommé

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with Lemon by FamilySpice.com

You know you are a foodie when you have 30 minutes to get the kids to school and you forget that you never photographed your son’s favorite Lemony Chicken Noodle Soup for the Daring Cook’s challenge and you want to pack it in his thermos to take to lunch that day, but you need to get a quick pic in before you do that and who has time to set up a pretty shot and why did I not do this over the weekend??? Sound familiar? No? Well, it happens to me all the time!

My camera died when we returned from our trip to Arizona. Specifically, my battery. And no, I didn’t have a spare. And no, I couldn’t find the Nikon specific battery locally, I had to order it online. Long story. For emergency I-need-to-photograph-this-recipe-now moments that popped up until the new battery arrived, I borrowed my neighbor’s battery. I have great neighbors.

This feels like a lame excuse of a first-grader, but this is why I was late posting for this month’s Daring Cook’s challenge.

I swear!

I haven’t been participating as much as I wanted with the DC for health reasons. Not to get into too much detail, but I have had some digestive issues for a couple years, and it worsened this past year. After two bouts of h. pylori bacteria, an endoscopy, ultra sound and a thousand questions, I’m still basically the same.

Well, maybe a little better.

Fatty, fried foods set me off. Salads set me off. Sour sets me off. You-name-it sets me off.

And yet, it won’t bother me the next day.

It’s not an ulcer. It’s not acid. I’m not a celiac or lactose intolerant. I’m just weird.

Or, as my husband has diagnosed me: over-stressed.

Possible.

But, some of the foods in the DC challenges just don’t suit me and my tummy troubles.

Until this month.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with Lemon by FamilySpice.com

Blog-checking lines: Peta, of the blog Peta Eats, was our lovely hostess for the Daring Cook’s September 2011 challenge, “Stock to Soup to Consommé”. We were taught the meaning between the three dishes, how to make a crystal clear Consommé if we so chose to do so, and encouraged to share our own delicious soup recipes!

I’ve shared with you how my Middle-Child loves his chicken noodle soup with lemon.

Lots of lemon.

Los and LOTS of lemon.

I have been making a pot of soup for him practically every week for years now. My husband also loves soup.

I also make lots of homemade chicken stock. My favorite technique is to use up a roasted chicken carcass for the base of my stock, with the addition of some carrots, celery, onions, cauliflower, potatoes, fresh herbs… whatever I have available in the fridge to add some flavor.

And you simmer it for hours…

I won’t go into what happens scientifically with the bones and cartilage and the flavor of the stock. You can learn that here.

I did not have the patience to make crystal clear consommé, but I did make some baguettes. We were out of olives for olive bread – Middle Child’s favorite bread.

I do what I can to make Middle-Child feel special, because he is, well – The Middle Child.

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13 Responses to Daring Cooks: Stock to Soup to Consommé

  1. The only thing I really know about consomme is that they never make it on Iron Chef America because there isn't enough time to get it right in an hour. That being said, no, I don't blame you for wanting to get a picture of this before putting it in a thermos! Kudos to you for making this. It looks delicious.

  2. Erin at #

    Wow – This looks amazing! I can't believe you took this picture quick before you packed your kids lunch – looks great!

  3. Thanks, you two! Unfortunately, I'm used to working under pressure!

  4. I can't believe that I have never tried putting lemon in my chicken soup. I make a lot of soup too and I LOVE lemon so I am going to try this next time!!

  5. Lilly at #

    We put lemon in any of our Vietnamese noodle soups but never thought about putting it in chicken soup. Great idea!
    I love how you make your own chicken stock with roast chicken. Nothing beats homemade!

  6. Your lemony chicken soup looks fantastic!! I can just imagine how refreshing and comforting that is. And your photo is lovely – much better than we ever put out even when we're trying!

  7. Dzoli at #

    Consomme..I love it..although I mostly put only egg in it;) But yourb way it looks delicious too;)

  8. Great photo and the soup looks great, you didn't have to make consomme remember.
    Peta

  9. Well if you shot this photo in now time without "styling" then I want to be just like you. The shot is gorgeous and the soup looks mouthwatering. No really my mouth is watering:)

  10. yummy looking soup for a delicious meal

  11. Ann at #

    Looks delicious! I love lemon in chicken soup….it's amazing the flavor it gives. GREAT pics…even if they are hurried – you can't tell!

  12. I absolutly adore lemon in my soups, it gives them a brightness without adding all the salt. Love the photo!

  13. Your soup looks gorgeous and fresh lemon is such a great idea. I have to try it!

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