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Sick Day Soup

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I think I have a cold. At first, I thought it was allergies, but now I’m second guessing that.

i have a lot of precooked food in the fridge, because Sunday, I worked up another $25 menu, but even though everything tastes great, I want soup. So, Mr. Incredible is doing the menu test run this week while I lounge about, coughing up my lungs, sipping herbal teas, napping, and eating soup. In fact, I’m writing this entry on my phone, while snuggled down in the only recliner we own, heavily medicated, completely covered in fluffy blankets, with a cat on my lap.

Yesterday, I scrounged about in the fridge and found a quart of nice, thick turkey stock, four turkey tails which were used to make the stock, and half an onion. ┬áIf you’re unfamiliar with turkey tails, they are, IMO, the best part of the turkey. I have only found them commercially available in pre-smoked multi-packs, and in the area where the store keeps things like packaged, smoked turkey legs and wings. They have about a 50% fatty, gelatinous goodness to meat ratio and they make a great, really thick, soup stock. If you ever find them, you should give them a try.

The other day, I brought a pack home and tossed them in a soup pot, covered them with water, and simmered them for a while (2hours, maybe) then I ate a couple and refrigerated the rest. I’m glad now, because I didn’t feel like doing any actual cooking yesterday.

I heated up the stock with the tails in it, chopped the half onion and threw it in, then I added stuff that I thought I read somewhere once were good things to have when sick.

To one quart of stock, I added:

1 tsp each of ground ginger and minced garlic

1/2 tsp each of red pepper flakes and garlic powder

1 heaping teaspoon of turmeric (thus the yellow color)

1 tsp of parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

i simmered this on the stove till the tails were heated through and the onions were limp and wouldn’t require any real effort to eat. Some people think they’re gross like that, and that’s ok, they could replace the fresh onion with dried, minced onion and maybe a little onion powder.

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I ate on that all day and there is still some broth left. I’m heating it up right now and think I’ll poach some eggs in it and finish it off.

I hope you guys are all doing well! This weather is crazy! Stay safe, stay well, and take good care of yourselves.

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