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Jelica’s Chicken Soup July 5, 2009

Filed under: Soups, Sauces and Stews — Meg @ 8:31 pm

This recipe is crazy. It’s simple, in essence, as far as chicken soups go, but I just have warm fuzzies whenever I come across this in my big, tattered recipe binder. This recipe comes from, well, Jelica. She was my delightful Croatian babysitter in Port Ryerse when I was really tiny, and one of my earliest memories is eating this soup in her kitchen with it’s wheat germ noodles floating it in, and a bowl of red cabbage with vinegar. I don’t know what it is about this recipe, maybe the memories, maybe the funny precision of the measurements, maybe it’s  just Jelica.  She was a damn good cook, anyways.


1 1/2 lbs chicken backs (5-6)
3 carrots, sliced
1 stalk celery
1 parsnip root
1 parsley leaf
1 potato
2 tomatoes
1 chunk green pepper
1 cabbage leaf
3 florets cauliflower
1 bay leaf
6 black peppercorns
1 Tbsp salt


Fill dutch oven with enough water to cover all of the above. Bring to a boil, them simmer 1 1/2 hours. When done, take all vegetables and meat out of the stock. Then strain stock. Return stock to pan, and add any type of noodles. You can also add 1 chicken cube, if you wish or 1 tsp Vegeta.

So, there you go. Find a recipe for wheat germ noodles (or perhaps I can find Jelica’s somewhere).  I’d also like to point out (on a non-culinary note), that her daughter is a dancer/dance instructor, who started the Thrill The World organization, which broke the world record for largest Thriller Dance in the world. Since everyone’s on the topic of Michael Jackson lately…

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