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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Soup Sunday

" Our greatest glory is not in ever failing, but in rising every time we fall."-  Confucious

Like most parts of the country Milwaukee had a snow storm today. As a runner I really pay attention to the weather so I can decide if it is an outside workout day or inside. No running was not the training plan for today. Just an indoor bike ride and some strength training.  It was just starting to snow as I got out of the gym this morning. Even though I have some Christmas shopping to do, with the storm it was the perfect day to stay in, cook, bake do home projects and make some jewelry. Since I have so many holiday projects that needed to be done, I did a very simple soup today.  

I love Thai food. In 2001 I spent 3 1/2 weeks in Thailand doing a small group tour in the southern part of Thailand.  I remember two nights we spent in a National Park that was an hour boat ride on a lake. We stayed in thatched roof huts perched over the lake. It was quiet and beautiful and like everywhere in Thailand we had the most amazing food.   I saw some really beautiful beaches and even did a little diving. I also remember the warm smiles of all the Thai people I met. I cook Thai food often at home and it always brings back great memories of that trip. I hope someday soon I can go back to Thailand and explore more of Asia. In the mean time I will just have to settle for Thai food.

Thai Ginger Soup

1 Carton Swanson Thai Ginger soup
2 Tablespoons Canola oil
½ cup chopped Yellow Onion
1 stalk of Celery finely chopped
1 Carrot cut into match sticks
1 can Chinese Straw Mushrooms
1 can lite coconut milk
2 Cups shredded chicken or Turkey
Rice Noodles softened

Heat oil in soup pot; add onions, celery and carrot.  Once the vegetables begin to soften add the Swanson soup and mushrooms. Bring to just below a boil, add coconut milk and chicken.  Heat just until mixture comes to a boil. If desired add a bit of Thai chili sauce for extra spice.  If using the rice noodles follow package directions to soften the noodles. Add to each bowl when serving the soup.

Serves 6

Chris Wodke
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