Sunday, January 17, 2016


Since we arrived here, cooking has been a challenge.  Well tomorrow the challenge is over as my new range is scheduled to arrive between 8:30 and 10:30 AM.  I did however manage to make a new soup recipe that turned out awesome in the slow cooker, but will be better on the range.
I have always used a combination of onion, carrot and celery as a soup base long before I knew it had a name, Mirepoix. I didn't know I'd been cooking French all these years.

1 pound bacon, thick sliced
6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 large sweet Vidalia onion, diced
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
6-8 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup white wine (I like a nice moscato)
6 cups chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes
homemade croutons
Torn romaine and or celery leaves
Parmesan cheese
Salt & Pepper to taste 
  • Cook bacon until crisp.  Set aside to drain on paper towels. 
  • Drain all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease and then sear the chicken thighs quickly in the hot grease. Transfer chicken thighs to slow cooker.
  • Add onions, carrots and celery to bacon grease and saute' until seared. Add to slow cooker.
  • Deglaze pan with wine being sure to scrape up all the bits and pieces.
  • Add broth to the wine and bring to a boil.
  • As soon as broth mixtures boils add it to the slow cooker.
  • Cover and slow cook on high 1 1/2-2 hours until chicken is fork tender and tears apart easily.
  • Stir in tomatoes.
  • Ladle into bowls.
  • Top each bowl with a handful of lettuce, bacon piece, croutons and grated cheese before serving.

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