Monday, January 12, 2009

Simmering Soup is Finally Here - Day 1

*Giveaway now closed.*

A week of Simmering Soup begins today! I'm so glad you stopped by. Be sure to come back each day this week to get new recipes and join the fun!

The term "soup" seems to have come from an English term "sop" which referred to bread soaked in a liquid. However it started, we enjoy coming up with new ways of preparing it and we enjoy eating it!

From The Tale of Despereaux: "LONG LIVE SOUP!"

Perhaps you would like to hear about the giveaways first and then today's soup recipe. Here are the giveaway pics:

#1 - 2 soup bowls, 2 older soup cookbooks, bag of soup crackers

#2 - tortellini, homemade tortellini soup mix, recipes from soup week

And I decided to have a consolation prize :)

#3 - soup coupons

There will be 3 winners drawn randomly on Sunday night 1/18/09 and announced on Monday 1/19/09. To get entries:

~ Leave a comment on this post.
~ Earn an extra entry for each daily comment the rest of this week.
~ Earn an extra entry for promoting Simmering Soup Week (blog post, button on sidebar, twitter, facebook, e-mail, etc.), but you must come back here and let me know about it.
~ Earn an extra entry for linking up a soup post on Wednesday or leaving a comment with your favorite soup recipe if you don't have a blog.
~ Earn an extra entry for subscribing to my blog (or letting me know if you already do!).

On to today's soup! Today I give you:

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
It's a nice, comfort-food soup - perfect for cold winter weather. I think I've had the recipe for 10 years, from a magazine. I would say it's my go-to soup.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

1 box (6 oz) long-grain and wild rice mix, prepared according to pkg directions
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
8 oz (about 2 total) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, chopped
2 cups (8 oz) sliced fresh mushrooms
1 1/4 cups (1 med.) chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 3/4 cups (two 14 1/2 oz cans) fat-free, reduced sodium chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon, crushed
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups (12 oz can) evaporated fat-free milk
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons dry white wine (optional)

1. Heat veg. oil in large saucepan over med.-high heat. Add chicken, mushrooms, onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-8 minutes or until vegetables are tender and chicken is no longer pink.

2. Add rice, broth, tarragon, thyme and pepper; bring to a boil over med.-high heat. Combine small amount of evaporated milk and cornstarch in small bowl; stir until smooth. Add to saucepan with remaining evaporated milk and wine. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-5 minutes or until soup is thickened. Makes 6 servings.

per serving: 270 cal., 4 g fat, 3 g fiber

When I make this soup, I always double the recipe at a minimum. I want a BIG pot of soup!

I hope you've enjoyed the first day of Simmering Soup! Don't forget to enter the giveaways. Come back tomorrow for another soup recipe!


  1. I am so in on this my friend. I have you on my sidebar AND I put you on my facebook. So there! LOL. Oh and as if that wasn't enough I've tagged you and since it's soup week I know you probably won't do it this week but it's a fun tag and I know you will enjoy doing it! Come check it out!
    Hugs my friend.

  2. That looks absolutley delicious! I have to go grocery shopping tonight, so I think I will make that soup.

    I'm a subscriber (of course!), your button is on my sidebar, what else, what else...I plan on linking up wed., and um...oh yea, I'll be commenting! :)

  3. Hi! I had a few spare minutes and decided to blog-surf. I'm so glad you're the link I chose to follow (I had bookmarked you previously) because just last week my husband wondered why we never had wild rice. Now I have a recipe to try! (And since his New Year's Resolution is to count calories, thanks for including that info too.) And before I leave on my errand, I'm going to add you to my following list! Thanks for some great ideas.

  4. That sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing. My mouth is watering over soup even though it's only 9:30 in the morning.

    Take care my friend!
    I hope you have a great Soup Week!

  5. Oh I KNEW I was going to love this week with you. And it has started off great. I think this is one that even my daughter will enjoy, I will send her your link. She never reads my blog so no sense in telling her to go there and to come back to you!!! ha ha ha...Just go straight to you! This will be another great week and I will link, hook up with you!

  6. First that soup looks absolutely delish!! I have to go eat now. THanks for the giveaway!

  7. Yum to Chicken and Rice soup. One of my favorite little children's books is called "Chicken Soup With Rice"! I subscribe to your blog on Bloglines, and have for some time now. I also linked up on Saturday.

  8. mmm, i haven't had wild rice in a long time and it sounds so yummy. i will put a button up tomorrow! :)

  9. This is my first time to your blog but I must say this recipe makes me very, very, very excited. :)

  10. Ruth mentioned this on her blog so I followed he link here, I love soup we had creamy roasted carrot tonight and i will be making the chicken wild rice very soon!!! I will blog about you tomorrow and post soup on Wednesday. Glad to have found your site!! Grace

  11. Lisa, looks great...any alternative options for the milk? I will pass it along to Mark. He has been making soups lately so I cant wait to see whats next!!! S.

  12. Wow! I love soups! I made vegetable tonight with grilled cheese sandwiches. It started off as a healthy meal and then went downhill with the cheese! :-)
    I'd love to have you stop by my blog party and bring this! Thanks for sharing! I'll be back for more!

  13. Yum, I love soup. I hope you have one that has black beans in it. I have some and need more recipes. Anyway, count me in on the freebees, uh I mean givetomees, sorry I mean give-a-ways. Let me know how you are feeling too, please.

  14. Just wandered upon your blog today...and I love soup! The chicken and rice soup looks delicious! Perfect for the cold winter weather! I will be glad to send in a recipe on Wednesday and will mention you on my blog tomorrow! Thanks!

  15. Grace sent me over and I most definately will run back to my blog and add you to my sidebar...and since I have minestrone soup going today..I'll post it tomorrow.
    What a fun site you have, I look forward to visiting often.

  16. Thanks for the give away! Looks great.

  17. I pink puffy heart soups! This would be great and those soup bowls are adorable!

  18. This looks great. It's really cold here in the Midwest right now and the soup would warm us up thanks
    vickers at comcast dot net

  19. Soup sounds good for warming me up!

  20. This is so awesome! I stumbled across your site, I will for sure be back!

  21. I love soup! Thanks for such a great giveaway!
    God bless,
    jesusluvsu2005 at gmail dot com

  22. Thanks for this giveaway- we love soup!!

  23. I'm trying wild rice soup this week! Can't wait - it sounds soooo good!! Soup is a weekly staple around here in the winter. Can't wait to look at all your recipes - thanks for the postings and the giveaway, too! :)

  24. That soup looks like it would be so yummy on a cold day like today. Thanks for the recipe and giveaways!

  25. THANKS for the opportunity to win!

    We love soup - especially soup that can be prepared in the crock pot while I am at work.

    THANKS again.


  26. wow soup i trealy do love soup and well i must say the soup bowels are grate please enter me infor this thanks

  27. Love the brown bowls that would have to be my choice. I used to have a whole set of that brown ware - i dont remember what i did with them.

  28. I love soup! I am going to make this one on Thursday night-date night with the hubby!

  29. ooohhh, this is going to be a fun week. i just posted (wednedsay) my soup, and I'm going to try to link this on my internet is giving me issues though so we'll see if it works.

  30. That chicken rice soup looks absolutely delicious!

  31. This giveaway looks scrumptious!!! I love soup..especially on those cold rainy days :-)

    Patricia O

  32. Yummy stuff, Lisa! Thanks!

    ~Charlotte G.

  33. What a grand idea; especially as our temps are supposed to be below zero.
    It's too late for me to do this tonight but will tomorrow...had to go on the mountain and check our spring and the bed is calling out my name!
    God's blessings on you, yours and the work of your hands and heart.

  34. Great idea!

    and such perfect prizes:)

  35. and I twittered about it--mainly because the idea is so cool ( but also because the prizes rock my face off:)
    tcannon is my username.

  36. Yay for me- i put a comment with my soup recipe! another entry!
    duckbooks at peoplepc dot com

  37. Hi! I just found your blog (through your comment on Martha's blog) and have so enjoyed scrolling through some fabulous looking recipes! Thank you so much. And, of course, I'd like to enter your giveaway.

    I'm signing up through Bloglines, too.

  38. I just discovered your blog. I'd love to win this!


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