Sick and Sick of Winter!

There has been bed trays being shuffled from room to room in this house.  The job of mother (maid) is in big demand lately! 

Everyone is sick in my house and I mean sick, we have had, head and body aches, sore throats and ear aches, all wrapped up in a very high fever…….And through it all they are still hungry!  How could they be hungry? 

Sniff sniff…..cough cough…..blow blow…..aaachoo  aaachoo..…whine whine… what I have been hearing for some time now…..Did someone say wine!?   

So among, endless cups of tea, hundreds of glasses of orange juice and ginger ale, they are hungry too!?  Who needs a tread mill when you have a set of stairs and a sick family!!

Well you know me, even a sick house can become, a culinary event…….So here is the being sick menu.

The three minute egg (soft Boiled) is what my mother made me while I was growing up.  It was a special thing my mother did to make me feel better.  It made me feel so special when she would make me these eggs and serve me in bed. The toast was cut to the perfect size to fit right into the top of the egg, for easy dipping.  These eggs hold such special memories for me. 

The three minute egg means, time the eggs once the water comes to a rolling boil, for three minutes for a perfect soft boiled egg.

Three Minute Egg

My girls do not share my love for soft boiled eggs.

Cheesy Eggs

My girls ate these eggs while they were growing up and while they were sick I asked if they would like cheesy eggs, it put a smile on their face.  So their special memories are a little more fattening then mine, but special memories come in all different size calories. 

2 Eggs

Dash Milk

1 Slice American Cheese

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Crack eggs into bowl and mix with milk.  Pour eggs into a buttered frying pan and cook on medium heat until almost cooked through, add cheese and cook until cheese has melted.  Salt and pepper to taste and serve.  Feel better. <3

Italian Chicken Soup

I used to tell my kids when they were little that my chicken soup had healing powers.  They believed me too.  I put a lot of garlic in my soup, which is so good for you and a pinch of red pepper flakes that helps for a cold.  But the most powerful ingredients are, the love and the power of suggestion.  They believed it would make them better and because mom made it special for them, they felt better.  The mind and heart are powerful tools.

Drizzle Olive Oil

2 Carrots- Chopped

2 Celery Stalk-Chopped

1 Onion- Chopped

4 Cloves of Garlic-Diced

8 Cups Chicken Broth

1 Pound Bone in Chicken- I use cut up chicken parts

1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning Mix

Pinch Red Pepper Flakes

Salt and Pepper to Taste

1/2 Pound Mini Rigatoni- Or Your Favorite Pasta

Pecorino Romano Cheese-Grated

In large soup pot on medium heat, add olive oil and saute carrots, celery, onion and garlic until soft not brown.  Add in broth, chicken, italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.  Simmer for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.  Remove chicken from soup and let cool slightly.

Meanwhile; in a Medium sized pot filled with salted boiling water, cook rigatoni according to package directions.  Drain pasta.

When chicken is cooled enough to handle, remove meat from the bone and return it to the soup. 

In soup bowl, add desired amount of pasta then add soup and top with pecorino romano cheese.  Serve.  Feel Better<3 

Store left over soup and pasta separately.

Now that I have used my wife and mommy healing powers, everyone is back to school and work!  Success!  Now there is just one problem…. no one is home to take care of Mom!  Thanks for the germs guys <3

So one more healing power recipe.  Spring Please!  Feel Better<3

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