It is impossible to remember my grandmother without also remembering her chicken noodle soup! I can remember so many times getting off of the elevator at her apartment and running down the hall with my siblings to see her standing outside in the hall with her arms folded wearing one of her many famous housecoats with a warm pungent familiar smell brewing from her open apartment door.

Granny loved to cook! Her whole life revolved around food, when we were eating one meal she was asking us what we wanted for our next. It always made me laugh! Her days were filled going from Shoprite to Giant to where ever she could get the best “deal” on eggs, or bread. It didn’t matter to her that she just wasted a tank of gas going from one store to the next, she wanted her discount. And god bless her with her double coupons.

In any event her chicken soup was always comforting and knowing that we would be greeted with a nice warm bowl of love from her to us when we visited just felt right. I believe she enjoyed cooking because this is the way she felt she “gave” to us; she nourished our bodies with her love and care. Grandmom passed away four years ago, and not a day goes by that I wished I could run down her hall and be greeted by her smile and her chicken soup for our souls. Happy Mother’s Day grandmom, you will always be loved and truly missed.

Granny Claire’s Chicken Noodle Soup
One cut up Chicken
2 Carrots, scraped
2 Stalks Celery
1 Root Parsley and Tops
1 Medium Tomato
1 Medium Onion

Pour all ingredients and chicken into large pot. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Lower flame and cook until chicken is soft. About one to two hours. Soup may be frozen for later use if desired.

Soup Kugel
One Pound Medium size noodles
2 Eggs
2 Tbs of margarine
Dash of salt and pepper

Boil Noodles and when they are soft, strain. Pour all ingredients into a large bowl and mix. Pour into a greased 13” x 9” pan and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Cut the kugel and put in the middle of a soup bowl and pour the chicken soup with veggies over top. Enjoy! Do you have a favorite recipe you remember your grandmom or mom by? I’d love to hear about them!

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