soup-ernatural: creamy chicken & vegetable soup

Movie trucks, production assistants and traffic hold-ups are a regular sight in “Hollywood North”. In our ‘hood, production shoots are pretty much a monthly occurance as apparently, this small neighbourhood is a movie location scout’s dream. Almost every week there is a movie or television show shooting right outside our apartment. A few weeks ago, we received a notice that the show “Supernatural” was going to be filmed outside our door…and this past week, it was the tv show “Men in Trees”. For my New Year’s Resolution, I gave up cable, so I couldn’t even watch these shows if I wanted to. But when I met with friends for a bit of league bowling, I was told that on last week’s episode of Supernatural (a hunky sausage-fest ghostbusting show), my neighbourhood, tiny grocer and street were featured prominently. Oh well, I never watched that show anyway, but it still would have been nice to see!

Now, back to regularly scheduled programming. Trust me, there is nothing spooky or supernatural about this creamy chicken and vegetable soup. It is brimming with flavour, warmth and history plus has the power to slay through any gray day this northwest weather has to offer. Even if your grandmother never made you soup like this before, you can feel tradition in every slurp. Creamy but not heavy since it’s made with milk rather than cream, each spoonful carries a bright tang with the addition of lemon juice. It’s like a chicken pot pie in soup form and there is nothing wrong with that. This soup is a perfect meal for this grey, damp month. When it comes to Februarys and soup, I agree with Molly, they go hand in hand.

12 comments to “soup-ernatural: creamy chicken & vegetable soup”

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    Meena   February 8, 2007 at 5:54 am

    Love soups in this weather! we’ve been having some real freezing temperatures lately, and there’s nothing like a big bowl of warm soup to defrost your insides!

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    Joanne   February 8, 2007 at 9:08 am

    No cable television at this end either. Any glimpses of celeb’s ?

    I, too, have been going into soup overdrive as of late ever since I purchased – the mother of all creation – an 8 quart slow cooker. Hurray 😀

    I’ve also had a streak of bad luck with trying to cook desserts (custards and puddings) in the slow cooker. Apparently it can be done. Both desserts unfortunately ended up in the food compost bin.

    So I think I should just stick to soups and stews, which have turned out wonderfully.

    Your creamy chicken soup looks divine and just like ‘C’, I prefer me a thick, hearty soup.

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    beth   February 8, 2007 at 6:17 am

    I love soups all the time! But yeah, especially in -10 weather ( -25 with the windchill – ick!)
    And I love Supernatural too, oddly enough – so I think it’s pretty cool.

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    Alison   February 8, 2007 at 10:00 am

    Looks just like the chicken veggie soup my grandmother would make, it is perfection on any night.

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    kickpleat   February 8, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    Meena, luckily our weather isn’t that cold but it’s sure damp and grey and amen to soups to add a little warmth to your day!

    Thanks Beth, my friend loves Supernatural too.

    Joanne, C isn’t really a soup fan (he really only likes that matzoh ball…but he didn’t mind this too much — or at least he didn’t comment!)

    Alison, if your grandma made a similar soup, then count yourself lucky!

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    Kenny Mah   February 8, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    The soup looks perfect! I definitely going to try this one out, perhaps my contribution to my usual potluck gathering with my friends this weekend.

    Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

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    Anne Stesney   February 9, 2007 at 10:41 am

    We have cable but we rarely watch it! I’m considering giving it up as well.

    Oh! The soup! Perfecto. I want some right now and I’ve already had lunch!

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    aria   February 10, 2007 at 5:59 am

    oh that looks so good. mmmm, i’m inspired. i havent made one soup this whole winter, odd for me. i know what u mean w/ the filming, i work downtown la and my street is always shit down for filming of this and that.

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    aria   February 10, 2007 at 6:01 am

    haha oops, i meat to say ‘shut down’.
    freudian slip!

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    Russ   February 10, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    Just finished making this soup, and I have to say – it’s fantastic. Used boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into cubes and added some leeks right at the beginning. Delicious!

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    Holly   February 12, 2007 at 11:17 am

    I made this soup on the weekend: quick, easy and comforting – especially suited to cold Winnipeg winters! Delish.

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    Michelle   July 7, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    I was searching your site for a dinner recipe and this sounded good, but it tasted even better….it was wonderful. I love the lemon, I would have never thought that would taste good for some reason, but it was just delicous! Thank you! I ate it for about 4 days straight, and I’m making it again tonight!

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