North by Southwest Chicken Soup

I am not exactly a hopeless romantic (though, Ben is…) , but I am a stickler with respecting cultural formalities regarding love.  It’s the XX chromosome in me, which still thinks I can grow up to be Cinderella and talk to squirrels.

So, Valentine’s Day was kind of a quandary for me.

After Ben and I tried going out to dinner a couple times (this may have been just one time…why on earth did we go to Hungry Hunter? Whyy?) on Valentine’s Day, we decided we had to make our own traditions…because those crowds were insane, and the waiters/waitresses were stressed enough already, and I just want to get in and get out and go home.  You seriously couldn’t pay me to go to a restaurant on February 14th.

We just might be introverts, after all!

Anyway, long random story short, the tradition we had for years was this: a new Hitchcock film and pizza or Chinese.  This has been the greatest tradition, because I think we’ve seen all of Hitchcock’s films…even in his British film years. And I wouldn’t really recommend those.

This year we had to re-watch North by Northwest, and it was pretty good.  It’s not Notorious, but really…what is?

So anyway, I’m naming this soup after the movie.  That’s what I’m trying to say.

On to the soup!

What You Need:

  • 1 Chicken carcass, or 1 box of chicken stock and chicken meat
  • 1 can of drained corn
  • 1 can of organic stewed tomatoes
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • garlic powder or 3 cloves of garlic
  • basil
  • paprika
  • warm corn tortillas

Get Out Your Pressure Cooker!

  1. First, put the chicken carcass/chicken stock and meat in the pressure cooker and cook on high for 10 minutes.
  2. When it is done, spoon the chicken/bones out into a bowl and put the rest of the ingredients in, and fill the pot with water up to 14 cups.
  3. Separate the chicken from the bones (when it’s cool enough to touch and you’re not burning your fingers) and put the chicken meat into the pot.
  4. Put the lid on and cook on high for 10 minutes.

Slice the tortillas and place them in the hot soup so they soak up the soup. Great with Worry, by Heretic Brewing.


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