Conquer Old Man Winter by giving someone a little warmth from your heart and soul. My recipe for a favorite chicken soup—along with my Parker House Style Rolls, of course—can help.
We’re in the last and often coldest days of winter here in the South. But that’s one of my favorite times of year to knock on someone’s door with a warm surprise—a batch of homemade soup and a basket of rolls.
On wintry days, it’s nice to curl up under a blanket, alone by the fire. But I like to get out of my cocoon, as cozy as it is, and brighten someone else’s day.
I find that doing something nice for someone else warms me up on the inside. Try my game plan for banishing the winter blues—from your house and a friend’s.
Mix together my favorite soup in minutes.
First, I head to the warmth of my kitchen, with its joyful jangle of pots and pans, to stir together a winter classic—Chicken Velvet Soup. Doesn’t the name alone make you feel warmer already?
This time of year, someone in my neighborhood always has the sniffles or sinus problems. I joke with friends that Chicken Velvet Soup is about as good as a shot of penicillin.
It’s creamy, nourishing, and super simple.
That’s why I shared the recipe in one of my cookbooks a few years back. And, now, I share it with you at the end of this post!
Serve Parker House Style Rolls on the side.
Of course, when I take the soup to a friend, I always deliver it with a side of my warm, freshly-baked Parker House Style Rolls. Even though you can find them in your frozen food section at the grocery, they’re made from the very same roll recipe my grandmother served me with a bowl of soup when I was a girl.
And come to think of it, it wasn’t the soup or the homemade bread that made me feel better when I was sick as a child. It was that someone who loved me brought me something warm and delicious.
Here’s the secret: A generous, loving spirit helps others “Get Well Soon.” And for them to know someone cares on a frigid February day makes spring feel a little closer.
That’s one reason it’s so satisfying for me to share my grandmother’s roll recipe with cooks today in the form of Sister Schubert’s® products. They make an easy way to have the goodness of homemade-tasting yeast rolls right in your freezer, ready to bake and serve to your family or a friend.
Nourish yourself to nourish others.
Once you deliver rolls to someone else on a winter’s night along with a hearty, creamy soup, find your way back home. Fix your bowl of soup. Then make a fireside perch, curl up under that blanket, and savor every bite.
Nourishing yourself helps you prepare to nourish others. And Old Man Winter will seem very far away.
Recipe: Chicken Velvet Soup
From Cast Your Bread Upon the Water: Recipes for Success, Cooking & Living (Idea Boutique, 2009) by Patricia “Sister Schubert” Barnes
1 1/2 quarts chicken stock
1 pint half-and-half
1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups cooked chicken, diced
1 teaspoon sea salt
White pepper to taste
Parsley for garnish
Using a large pot, over low heat, stir chicken stock and half-and-half, until warm, not hot.
Using a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter. Add flour, whisking constantly until slightly thick. Add half of the warm chicken stock and half-and-half mixture; whisk constantly until well blended. Pour the flour mixture into the chicken stock mixture, stirring until well combined.
Add diced chicken and season with salt and pepper to taste, stirring over low heat until thoroughly blended.
Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with a sprinkling of chopped parsley.
Yield: 9 cups