Sunday, February 14, 2016

Tasty Delights w/ Lynne Silver-- Grandma's Matzah Ball Soup

Hey guys! Today we've got Lynne Silver hijacking the blog for a yummy post today. Yall check it out then hit those comments and leave Lynne some love! ~anna

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

Do you celebrate? Here’s a little secret…I don’t. My husband of nearly 20 years thinks it’s amateur night. He’s also thrifty (is it terrible if I call him a cheap bastard- and I mean that with all the love in my heart). But he hates to spend money on roses or chocolate or other items when the price is jacked up just because it’s February 14. Hello made up Hallmark holiday. I suspect collusion between the greeting card company and the chocolate companies.

But…since I am a romance writer, I’m all about the love and demonstrating love. One of my favorite ways to show my love is by cooking someone’s favorite meal. For hundred (thousands?) of years, Jewish mothers across the globe show their love to their spouses and children by making Chicken Soup. It truly cures all ailments. Since Valentine’s Day falls in the middle of winter, what better romantic meal to make then Chicken Noodle soup?

I’m going to share my recipe, but like most of the best family recipes, it’s not a science with exact measurements. So I’ll do my best, and feel free to find me on Facebook or email if you’re cooking and need someone to walk you through it.


Authentic Kosher Chicken Soup

  • 1 whole soup chicken- BONES matter- that’s what gives the soup flavor. If you have the inclination, toss in a pack of chicken wings 
  • 2 celery stalks- the leafy parts
  • 1 yellow onion (peeled, but keep it whole, and score the side a little)
  • 1 parsnip peeled
  • Small bunch of parsley (I sometimes tie it together so I can pull it out at the end)
  • A lot of carrots- peeled and chopped into 1-2 inch chunks. Don’t use no stinking baby carrots. I use a whole 2 LB bag. 
  • Kosher salt 
  • pepper 
  • Items my grandmother, aunt & mother use, but I see as optional : bay leaf, dill, tomato, barley

Place the chicken in a large pot. Fill with water to just cover the chicken. Do NOT fill the water to the top or your soup will be watery.

Place pot on burner and add whole onion and a tsp of kosher salt. Bring to a boil then add all other ingredients other than more salt and pepper. Lower temperature to a very low simmer.

Simmer for 1-2 hours, add in salt & pepper.

Let it cool and then remove the chicken from the pot. I also remove the parsley & parsnip & whole onion. I keep in the celery & carrots.

That’s it.

To Casey, Montgomery Prep isn't just DC's most prestigious private school-it's her alma mater, the place where her fondest memories were made. It's also her current employer and the target of a dangerous cyber criminal. But even more shocking than the crime is the sexy FBI agent who comes to investigate...

With his six-plus frame and gym-sculpted body, no one would suspect FBI special agent Sam Cooper was once an awkward teenage computer geek-no one, that is, except Casey, the gorgeous girl who captured his heart on the first day of high school and held it for the last fourteen years. When a hunt for a hacker brings Casey back into Sam's life, his long-denied desire becomes impossible to ignore. He knows just how to make her forget the boy he was . . . and show her the man he's become.

Romance author, Lynne Silver, writes the popular Coded for Love series and other hot contemporary romance novels, such as Love, Technically.  Before writing romance, she wrote fiction of a different sort, drafting press releases for technology corporations. Washington DC is her home (non) state, where she resides with her husband and two sons.

Fun Facts about Lynne:
  • She has no sense of direction and could get lost on her way from the kitchen to the bathroom.
  • She grew up in Miami and is a huge Hurricanes fan. (The football team, not the natural disaster.)
  • Speaking of natural disasters…she lived through Hurricane Andrew, though her car and much of her house did not. To this day she is scared of storms and windy days.
  • Lynne eats a lot of sushi and considers herself a bit of a connoisseur. She and her husband considered writing a sushi guide at one time.
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