How did week 2 of the Willing Cook-a-Long go? Did you enjoy Pioneer Woman’s Italian Chicken Soup? In our home, it was only so-so. To be honest, I was pretty disappointed. The smell was good, but the taste lacked something. It could have been the changes that I made, so I’m not putting all the blame off on PW. My husband said that maybe it will taste better tomorrow, but I have my doubts.
Changes I made:
- I cooked the cut-up whole chicken in the oven on 250 degrees for 5 hours the day before. This was the best part about the recipe, but then I added the delicious chicken to the not-so-delicious soup 🙁 .
- I did not have any fresh oregano, so I added 3 tsp dried oregano at the same time as the tomatoes.
- I used canned petite diced tomatoes.
- I added 1 Tbsp garlic because everything is always better with garlic.
- I only used 1/2 of the jalapeno.
- I used 2 cups of almond milk in place of the heavy cream. (This could have been the big problem with the flavor.)
- I used wheat-free rice noodles and did not pre-cook them. That worked out great.
- I did not have any parmesian cheese to top off the soup.
In conclusion, this soup is not going into my recipe box. Sorry, P-dub. I still love ya! Now, tell me what you thought.
Since today is the official first day of fall, I have chosen Autumn Chopped Salad for next week’s challenge. Will you serve it as the main dish? Or will you leave out the meat and serve it as a side dish? How will you deal with the cheese if you have a dairy allergy in your home, or the pecans for a tree allergy?
The Willing Cook-A-Long challenge:
- Every Friday, I will link a new recipe that I believe will be enjoyable to the masses.
- Sometime during the next week, you fix the recipe.
- On the following Friday, you come back and leave a comment or link to your blog* about how the recipe turned out.
- Please, please make this recipe yours. ”Recreate” the recipe to any or all of the following issues that may exist in your home: food allergies, family preferences/budget, and/or pantry stock.
- When you come back to comment on how the recipe turned out, please include the changes you made to the recipe. I will be doing the cook-a-long with you, so I will note the changes that I made as well.
The idea behind The Willing Cook-A-Long is to get us out of the weekly dinner rut, although it won’t always be a dinner recipe (salads, sides, desserts, etc. will also be included). In addition, it will help people see how to recreate dishes based on any of the issues noted above: food allergies, preferences, budget and/or pantry stock.
If you will commit to the Willing Cook-A-Long challenge, leave a comment below saying “I’m in.” If you need help with “recreating” your dish to make it work for your family, don’t hesitate to ask for tips!
*If you leave a link to your blog about The Willing Cook-A-Long, please be kind to link only your post, not your home page. In addition, I ask that you link back to this page. Thank you!