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Ingredients

Soup

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 medium yellow onions, quartered
  • 3-4 parsnips, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 3-4 carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 3-4 stalks of celery, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • Bouquet garni (tie kitchen twine around a few sprigs of thyme, dill, and parsley)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup white cooking wine (like a cheap chardonnay)
  • chicken bouillon (optional)
  • kosher salt (this is Jewish penicillin, let’s keep it kosher)

Matzoh Balls

  • 1 cup Matzoh Meal
  • 4 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • salt, white pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons of soup liquid or water

Instructions

  1. Clean chicken and remove guts.
  2. Place chicken in stock pot and cover with water.  Add about 2 tablespoons of salt.  Boil water, then turn down heat to a fairly high simmer.  Skim the foamy “scum” that appears as the fat renders by using a mesh hand held strainer or slotted spoon.  Boil chicken until juices run clear, about 90 minutes.
  3. Remove chicken, reserving stock.  Add vegetable, bouillon (if using) and bouquet garni to stock, along with 2 bay leaves.  Skim fat ast needed.  Boil 45 minutes, add wine, and boil another 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.  Taste and season if needed.
  4. Remove bay leaves and bouquet garni.  Add chunks of chicken and matzoh balls (see below), and serve.  If you want the soup to be more clear, make soup one day ahead.  Cool and refridgerate.  The next day, remove fat that congealed on surface of the soup, reheat and serve.
  5. To make Matzoh Balls:  Mix matzoh meal with oil and beaten eggs. Add soup liquid or water until well combined.  Refridgerate 20 minutes.  Roll into 1 inch balls (they’ll get bigger) and drop into another pot of salted boiling water.  Cook 30-40 minutes.  Drain and add matzoh balls to soup.

Chicken Matzoh Ball Soup

 

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Cream of Wild Mushroom

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cleaned and finely diced wild mushrooms (I use a combination of crimini, oyster, porcini, shiitake without stems)
  • 2 cups cleaned and finely diced button mushrooms
  • 1/2 finely diced onion
  • 1 qt vegetable stock
  • 1/2 – 1 cup heavy creme (or half & half if you prefer)
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • For garnish: Creme fraiche, croutons, and/or sliced truffles if desired

Instructions

  1. Cook onion in olive oil until soft.  Add mushrooms and saute until the mushrooms give off their liquids, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add stock, salt, white pepper to taste.  Cook 10-20 minutes.
  3. If prefer a creamier soup, use stick blender to blend mushrooms, no need to strain.
  4. Add cream just before serving, adding more salt if needed.
  5. Serve with dollop of creme fraiche, a few croutons, and a couple of slices of truffles, if desired.

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Cream of Wild Mushroom