Monday, April 14, 2008

This one goes out to the mamas

With a special shout-out to Jmama!

This probably doesn't deserve a post of its own, but I went to visit my friend L and her new baby boy this weekend. After reading Jmama's post about how to make chicken stock, I knew I wanted to make my very own homemade chicken soup - with homemade chicken stock. And since I love to take food over to new moms, I thought this would be perfect.

So I made my very first chicken noodle soup - but in an effort to use up the pantry I used orzo i instead of noodle - kinda a cross between chicken soup with rice and chicken noodle soup. It was good times. Do you see the pretty fat droplets on top? That's a good sign for chicken soup.
I also brought over some tortellini and stew. Just in case you want to make these at home:


Elly's Beef Stew

Giada's Cheesy Tortellini

L and her husband really appreciated the mass quantities of food I brought over. Apparently food was delivered on a fairly regular basis when "Nemo" was born, but now that he's a whole 5 weeks old there's a lot less and poor L worries that it won't be long before she has to start cooking again. L's husband especially loved the tortellini, so I feel confident recommending it (like most Giada recipes).

And Nemo? What a sweetie. Poor thing was unbearably hot due to the unseasonable heat, but as long as I kept blowing on him he was pleased as punch just to be held. When Nemo was first born he was the spitting image of L. I joked with her that he could have been immaculately conceived. But now that he's a little older he's starting to look more like his dad.

It was great to see Nemo before I moved and catch up with L. She's been so tired during this whole last month since he's been born we haven't had a lot of time to talk, but this was the opportunity to make up for it! It was a little ominous how she kept telling me how I should put off having a child for as long as humanly possibly, but I'll blame that on the fact that she hasn't had a full night's sleep in 5 weeks.

11 comments:

  1. If I ever become a mama, will you bring me food? :)

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  2. I'm so glad that you brought them such abundance in terms of food. As to L's ominous comment, well, I have heard it said that the best birth control EVER is watching the friends around you go through the first year of parenthood. eep!

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  3. yummy! the soup and tortellini look especially tasty. what a good friend you are!

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  4. Aww, what a great friend you are! I hope your friend liked everything...I'm sure she will :)

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  5. Yum that soup and tortelloni both look so good - that is so nice of you!

    The orzo reminded me of this fab soup I had at Souplantation over the weekend: lemon chicken orzo. So good, so refreshing. Maybe that is something you could put your own spin on? I know nothing of cooking whatsoever so whether or not that is feasible I'll leave to you.

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  6. Food is the BEST thing to bring a new mom. I am sure she was stoked.

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  7. Looks good. There is something so satisfying about making your own chicken soup.

    Kids are wonderful, amazing and full of life. But I have not slept until my body was ready to wake up in almost 4 years! Actually the first month seems easy because that's when no one EXPECTS you to cook, clean or do anything but take care of the baby.

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  8. that is so sweet of you to bring over your homemade goodness! having been there, it is lovely to have such simple things taken care of, at least for a few days.

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  9. Added orzo is always A+ in my book.

    Did Cat just say Lemon Chicken Orzo?

    [drool]

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  10. How sweet are you making food for new mums.

    Speaking of sending food to people, are you still interested in some cadburys?

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  11. Orzo is a great idea for chicken soup! I'm so proud of your for making your own stock! :) Don't you feel like such a "professional" now? LOL! ;)
    Good job!
    XO
    jmama

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