September 20, 2012

last night I made matzo ball soup. (you're like, "psh - is this a food blog now?") it was cold and windy and total soup weather. you'll need..
  • one box of matzo (found not at trader joe's but in the ethnic food aisle at safeway, and yes I realize it's ridiculous that they have an ethnic food aisle)
  • vegetable oil
  • eggs
  • two cartons of chicken broth
  • 3 medium sized carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp. of butter
  • olive oil ( as ina says, "good olive oil. if you don't have your own orchard, store-bought is fine."
  • however much chicken you want. go chicken crazy, or reign it in. that's your choice.
  • a chambray shirt with the collar popped
  • your husband waiting in the wings to taste your food. a boyfriend, roommate, or cat meowing at your feet will do. 

first thing's first. following the directions on the back of the matzo box. it's pretty straightforward. boiling water, mixing the eggs and vegetable oil into the matzo meal, letting it sit 15 minutes and forming them into tiny balls before dropping them into rolling boiling water to cook covered for 30 minutes. and now for the stuff that gets your kitchen smelling divine. 

as so many yummy soups and sauces start, chop up all the celery, garlic, carrots, and onion. melt the butter with a swig of olive oil into a pan, and add all the chopped goods. be sure to mix everything in so the butter / oil mixture evenly coats the veggies. add a little salt and pepper and cook on medium heat  until the onions are translucent (usually around 20-25 minutes). set aside. 

we usually go the easy route and buy already cooked rotisserie chicken. brendan loves to volunteer to be in charge of picking it apart (and so he can sneak bites because he is sneaky!). once the matzo balls are done, it's just a matter of combining everything (the chicken, the veggies, the matzo balls, all the chicken broth) and let it simmer. did I mention you can add noodles? sometimes I'll add a little egg noodles towards the end. 

now just sit there and smell the yummy goodness wafting from your stove. and be like, "yeah, I made that. just another tuesday night for me." if I'm feeling mature, I'll let it simmer for 25-30 minutes. but that's a big if. ;)

1 reviews:

megan golden said...

Hi from NYC!

Thank you so much for the sweet words.


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