Test Kitchen: Chicken Soup on a Rainy, Fall Day


My chicken lentil soup – sorry I’m not a food photographer. (Yet)

My cooking style is a complex mixture of Type “A”/ follow the recipe to the letter with…”Oh Crap! I don’t have/like that ingredient so hopefully this other one will work out okay”. This is much akin to my grocery-shopping style which is a blendĀ of purchases such as the cereal, Spaghettios, and Doritos that I most often eat with things like a bag of lentils, which I think I probably should eat (being that it actually requires cooking). And two months later when my last bag of Doritos is nothing but orange dust on my fingers, I look in the cupboard and find the lentils…and thus a masterpiece is born!

The base of this recipe relied upon one that I found right on the bag (Safeway brand lentils). It was supposed to be a “Lentil Stew with Sausage” by cookbook author Marlene Sorosky Gray. Here’s a link to the latest book I could find by Marlene, circa 1994. However, I’m not a big fan of sausage- and I was missing things like dried sage and fresh kale/spinach- so I departed ways with Ms. Sorosky at that point.

Needless to say, it’s a rainy, fall day in my neck of the woods and this chicken, lentil version seemed like the perfect afternoon meal. Thankfully it actually is edible. (No, I hadn’t tasted it after it was finished. Turns out there were someĀ Doritos left in the house after all!) Posted below is the recipe, with my substitutions noted. It makes a big pot…really hope the hubby likes this, otherwise yours truly will be noshing on it for quiet some time. That’ll learn me to buy lentils on a whim! Salud! Continue reading