Friday, October 2, 2009

I'll never miss another soup weather day...

This last Wednesday was definitely soup weather here in Utah. It was cold, rainy, a little snow on the benches; yes definitely soup weather. But no, I wasn't at home making soup on this perfect soup weather day. Instead I spent 10 hours sitting in a conference room in Salt Lake listening to TV and Radio sales presentations for the 2010 Auto Expo. It was a very very long always is. I've overseen the PR and Media promotions at the Utah Auto Expo for the last 4 years. I could probably do it in my sleep.

But I'm a little sad and also a little excited to announce that this was my last Auto Show media presentation meeting. As of yesterday I no longer work for KBA. I am officially a full time wife and mom! I won't miss another soup weather day again. So last night I made this delicious and easy chicken stew. I even made homemade cheese biscuits to go with it. Hey...I've got a lot more time on my hands.

(Mindi Original)

2 C. Celery, diced
2 C. leeks, sliced, rinsed
1 ½ C. carrots, thinly sliced
4 T. butter
1 C. cream
1 C. whole milk
2 t. Salt
2 t. sugar
2 large chicken breasts*
salt & Pepper
1 T. veg. oil

1. Season the chicken breast with salt & pepper. In a large skillet heat oil over high heat. Sear the chicken breasts on each side for 4 minutes. Turn down the heat, cover and continue to cook until the chicken is done; about 8-10 minutes.*
2. Remove the chicken from the pan and allow to cool slightly.
3. When cool, shred the chicken in bite size pieces.
4. In the same skillet over medium heat melt 4 T. butter. Add the celery, leeks and carrots. Sauté for 2-4 minutes. Cover and allow to cook for 4-5 minutes more.
5. Pour in the cream and milk and simmer until slightly thickened; about 4 minutes.
6. Stir in shredded chicken.
7. Season with salt and sugar.
8. Serve with croutons, biscuits or bread sticks.

*This stew could also be easily made with rotisserie chicken. I love the rotisserie chicken from Costco. In fact rotisserie chicken would add a whole new flavor dimension and would make this recipe super easy and quick.

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Kelly & Tasha said...

Congrats!!!! How exciting for you and your family!!!!!

Barbara Bakes said...

How nice for you! I love being a full time wife and mom. The stew looks perfect for the cold weather we've been having!

Laurel said...

i LOVE that you get to be a mom full time. YAY

and I love love love your blog. someday i'll be a full time stay at homer too and i'll actually try your recipes.

you're a talent, my dear.


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