A Recipe of Comfort

For anyone just seeking some natural comfort foods and a prayer we’re here for you.  Enjoy the recipe below and I pray that you will be in good health.

Grain free Chicken Noodle Soup

    8 cups of homemade chicken broth (recipe below)
    2 tablespoons coconut oil, ghee, olive oil
    1 small onion, peeled and chopped
    2 large celery sticks, washed and thinly sliced
    Unrefined salt and pepper
    1-3 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped or pressed through a garlic press
    4 carrots, made into noodles *
    1-2 zucchini, made into noodles*
    Handful of finely chopped fresh parsley
    2 cups of leftover shredded chicken
1) Heat fat or oil of your choice in a large soup pot over medium heat until hot, but never smoking. Add the onion and celery and sprinkle with unrefined salt. Sauté, stirring frequently to prevent browning, until the vegetables are soft. Then add the garlic and sauté one more minute.
2) Add the chicken broth and place the lid on your pot. Bring to a boil. Add the carrot noodles and simmer for about 3 minutes. The carrot noodles should be softening up nicely, but still have a slight firmness to them-like a noodle!. Add the zucchini noodles and chicken (and optional parsley) and cook for 2 more minutes. Salt and pepper the soup to taste. Serve and enjoy.
*To make carrot and zucchini noodles, wash well, cut off the ends, and peel carrots. Lay the carrot or zucchini flat on a cutting board and run a vegetable peeler all the way from one end to the next to create a noodle. Repeat until you have reached near the middle of the vegetable and then turn over and start from the other side. With an especially big carrot, I sometimes peel on 4 sides instead of just front and back. See what seems to work well for you. You will have leftover carrot and zucchini middles. Save for the next time you make chicken broth.

Chicken Broth
1 chicken carcass (or a bag of drumstick bones from the freezer, see note below)
1-2 pound of raw drumsticks or chicken legs (I keep mine ready and frozen in the freezer 

3-5 chicken feet (see note below), optional (I also keep these frozen in the freezer)

Any gizzards from the cavity of the chicken, taken out before cooking, optional

4 carrots, scrubbed and cut into 3 inch pieces

4 celery, washed and cut into 3 inch pieces

1 onion, peeled and cut in half

1 bay leaf, optional

15 peppercorns, optional

A few sprigs of thyme , optional

¼ cup of apple cider vinegar

Dump all of the ingredients into a large stock pot and cover with filtered water about an inch or two above the top of the ingredients. To draw out more of the calcium from the bones, let sit for an hour at this point at room temperature, optional. Bring to a low simmer and cover. You should never boil stock. Keep at a very low simmer for 3-24 hours, skimming any foam that may rise to the top. The longer you simmer the more flavor and minerals leach out into the water. I find that 12 hours work well for me, go past 24 hours and it will become bitter and too dark.Once done, cool slightly and then pour through a colander. You can further strain the broth by pouring through cheesecloth, though I never bother.

You can also make this using a slow cooker, using the same directions as above and cooking on low. 

Whenever I make drumsticks or any other type of chicken on bone, I stick them in a freezer bag and place them in the freezer until we have enough to make a pot of stock. Although it seems a little strange at first to save bones that people have eaten off, a 12 hour simmer is going to kill any “coodies”. But if you would rather, just have your family cut their meat off the bones.

Regarding the chicken feet, some find this practice barbaric, however remember that using all parts of the chicken show proper respect to the chicken. The feet are an excellent source of gelatin. Find them at Asian stores or from local farmers.

Source: 1) http://www.springerlink.com/content/p7u013w7360016w2/
2) http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2011/01/chicken-noodle-soup-a-grain-and-gluten-free-yummy-treat.html

Let’s get ready to celebrate the feast of Saint Nicholas!!!


Let’s get ready for a celebration of faith and hope!!!!

Tomorrow being the feast of St. Nicholas I do believe
we should turn our hearts to faithful traditions, something
to keep our minds busy and thinking of ways to help
someone who may have less then we do…

Let’s get cooking!!!

Mulled Bishops Wine

1 bottle claret
6 cloves
4 cinnamon sticks

Break cinnamon into small pieces. Simmer wine, cloves, and cinnamon for about 5 minutes. Strain wine. Serve Hot.

  • Dinner is served by candle light. It is good for all of us to have traditions and rituals in the home, and also to serve the same special “St. Nicholas Day Dinner” each year on this Feast. Here’s one idea:


Traditional St. Nicholas Day Dinner
4-6 lb. pork shoulder roast – stuffed with:

1/2 cup diced fresh cranberries, 1 apple, diced,

2/3 cup prunes cut into bits,

1/2 – 2/3 cup raisins.

Bake in oven for about 3 – 3 1/2 hours at 350 degrees.

Or cook in crock pot all day slowly. (Serves 8)

Mashed potatoes and gravy
Dinner rolls

Can be bought already made / or can be easily baked at home

– 1 roll refrigerated brownie cookie dough
– 1(21 ounce ) can of cherry pie filling
– 1/4 cup sliced almonds
– chocolate or fudge sauce

To make: divide brownie dough in half. Spread 1/2 in an 8″ round cake pan (greased). and the other 1/2 in a second 8″ round cake pan. (greased)

Bake as directed.

Cool both cakes. Place one cake on decorated plate.

Pour 1/2 of the thick chocolate or fudge sauce over the bottom cake and then cover with 1/2 the can of cherries.

Place other brownie cake on top. Refrigerate. Right before serving, pour remainder of Chocolate/fudge sauce over top. Cover with remainder of cherries and almonds. Serve with lots of whipped cream.!

Note – the reason for the cherries in the middle of the cake as well as for the fruit stuffing in the shoulder pork roast, is to symbolize the good works of St. Nicholas – some hidden from the eyes of men and some done openly. This cake serves as a reminder that our lives should be the same in this regard.

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Let us know how your dinner turns out!!!