August 19, 2009

Chicken Soup ala Emeril & Giveaway Winner

Last weekend we took a quick trip to Washington, D.C. Some might say Our Boys are too young to appreciate what they would be visiting, but I think they enjoyed it quite a lot. They do love museums, and their elementary school got them all excited about the election last year. So, a trip to see our nation's capital seemed like a good idea to all of us.

Before we arrived at the Lincoln Memorial, My Oldest said that he was looking forward to "admiring" it. I had been explaining to both of them that we would be visiting Lincoln, but he would not be coming to "life" like he did in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. They were still excited to go see it.

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I've only seen the Lincoln Memorial two times now, and each time it has been moving. Something about the words engraved on the walls and the meaning behind them just makes you feel as if you could be listening to this great man speak.

Unfortunately, after 2 nights in a hotel where the air conditioner ran constantly and was blowing down on us we ended up with 2 boys with summer colds. Between the air conditioner and the steaming hot days wandering between museums and sites they both ended up with a cough.

Now, we are gearing up for another get-away, and I need healthy boys before we get back on the road. Since I had received a few more of Emeril's products to sample from the folks at FoodBuzz, this seemed like the perfect time to put a couple together and see what I could come up with.... and as it turns out, chicken noodle soup was the answer.

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I used the 32 ounce container of Emeril's Chicken Broth plus another 16 ounces of water and heated that up to a boil. Tossed in the noodles and carrots... then added some sliced cooked chicken. To add a bit of flavor, I added about 1 teaspoon of Emeril's Essence. My plan was to add just enough spice to help the colds run the other direction. The broth was flavorful on it's own, and the Essence definitely added a bit of spice, to which both of My Boys declared it was "too spicy" and didn't slurp up as much as would have been helpful for their colds. At least they got in the chicken, noodles and carrots so the did end up with a healthy serving of good foods to help battle the cold.

I am not so sure I would go out of my way to pick up Emeril's Chicken Broth as I tend to keep my own on hand most of the time. In a pinch it would certainly fill in nicely. I think Emeril's Essence has so many possibilities that I'll be pulling it out to add a hit of flavor to some of my favorite dishes, perhaps Shrimp Jambalaya could be taken up a "notch" with some of this added to it!

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Shelby said...

I got my spices/broth right before we left and I haven't had a chance to try yet! Your soup looks great!

Aggie said...

I was moved as well when I saw Lincoln too. Glad you enjoyed your trip with the kids!
I've been craving good chicken noodle soup. Yours looks wonderful. Hope the boys feel better soon.

amycaseycooks said...

I have not been to DC yet. A couple of my kids have made class trips there though. It sounds like a great weekend getaway.

Sorry to hear about the colds!

Zesty Cook said...

That soup looks awesome!!

Cate O'Malley said...

Like your kids, Nick's school did a lot with the kids during the election time, and I keep promising him we'll go to Washington so he can see everything. The last weekend before school starts just might be the right time...

Deborah said...

I have only been to Washington DC once, but I'd love to go back one day. Sorry the boys got sick - but I'd love a big bowl of that soup, sick or not!

thebrunettebaker said...

The soup does look yummy but I'm with the kids, no spicy in my chix noodle. His Chicken & Beef Stocks are good (I don't make my own)and not spicy but more expensive than Rachel's.

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