Well, the old sniffer is out of commission this week due to a cold. One of the few upsides of this is that I get to indulge in one of my favorite foods: chicken soup. Now, I now I am a food snob (as well as many other kinds of snob..) but I love my chicken soup in almost any form. I will will not turn up my nose at a bowl of Campbell’s especially if I can use enough Saltines to make into a sludge that as a kid I called “Sueychecky” for reasons that are lost to time. Progresso also makes a good canned version, but the real revelation came from chicken soup from the Deli. Here in LA we have Canter’s, Nate’N Al’s and Factor’s in my ‘hood. We used to have Jerry’s, but it sadly closed in WeHo. (I remember going there with my friend Terre on one of our first meals out, and her saying “is that you’re all going to eat?” for a bowl of soup so full of noodles, chicken, vegetable and a matzoh ball the size of a Buick that it practically needed a bucket loader to be delivered.)
Luckily, Both Bristol Farms and Gelson’s here have wonderful chicken soup available at their “comfort bars” so I am never too far from what is called “Jewish Penicillin.” Even when I am not wheezing like a pipe organ with cracked bellows. this stuff makes me want to convert.
Don’t even get me started on chopped liver..
If you have a favorite chicken soup recipe please share n the comments. I’ll be taking notes.