Monthly Archives: September 2013

Deb’s Duchess Soup aka Chicken Corn Chowder

My mom hosts an occasional Sunday Soup lunch after Mass and yesterday was one of those days. I had promised my daughter I would prepare Italian Wedding Soup and then I remembered I had leftover chicken strips my hubby had fixed a few nights before. I needed to get that chicken used up so I decided to do what I do; Mad Scientist a new soup.

I have been yearning for a soup I had at a local restaurant years ago that is no longer here called Duchess soup. It had chicken and vegetables in a wonderful creamy base, decadent and delicious. I decided I was going to attempt to recreate this soup once and for all. I found recipes for Duchess Soup on the web but none had chicken, so I took what I learned about those soups and spun it my way.

What I ended up with was perfect Duchess Soup. At least the one from my olfactory memories.

A tip to all who may choose to make this, taste, taste, taste. I can’t tell you exactly how much salt or pepper I used, and honestly, I eyeballed the herbs de provence and chicken base. This to me is they key to ANY good soup or sauce is to constantly taste and adjust according to your own liking.

Second bit of info, this is a huge batch of soup. I didn’t have to worry about leftover since I was taking it to a big family gathering, but it should freeze in single size portions quite nicely and you will have a homemade hearty bowl of soup for the upcoming cold days.

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Deb’s Duchess Soup aka Chicken Corn Chowder

1 medium onion diced
4 large carrots diced carrots
4 ribs celery diced
1 small package of mushrooms diced
2 cups diced cooked chicken
3 medium red potatoes, peeled and diced
3 cartons chicken stock (reserve 1 cup for mixing corn starch/arrowroot)
1-1/2 to 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp chicken base
1/3 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
1 tsp herbs de provence
3 garlic cloves/crushed chopped fine
salt & pepper to taste

In a large skillet heat 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp olive oil. Sauté onions, carrots, celery and mushroom until softened.

Placed chicken, vegetables and stock into large stock pot or crock pot, salt, pepper and herbs. Cook on low for 2-3 hours.
Stir in heavy cream
Stir cornstarch/arrowroot in reserved chicken stock until dissolved and smooth and slowly stir into soup mixture.
Add chicken base and stir well.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup of cheese at a time and still until thoroughly incorporated.
Now taste for seasoning and it’s ready to eat.

Mad Scientist: Give Thanks Pumpkin Spice Latte

Before Mad Scientist became a blog, I posted a few recipes on my creative writing blog. Since it’s once again pumpkin treat season and Starbucks has brought back my beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte early, it’s time to share the recipe I use at home to make my favorite seasonal coffee.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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