Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

So, it's snowing here in Chicago. In fact, we're having a blizzard. I mean a full blown balls to the wall blizzard. They shut down Lake Shore Drive. Part of Wrigley Stadium's roof blew off (the press office). And we've had thunder and lightning. They are telling folks to stay inside. You think? That just maybe that it might be a bad idea to go outside for any reason?
My apartment faces the lake. And my blinds are knocking. The cupboards in the kitchen are rattling and the whole apartment is shaking. There are gusts of wind that are so loud it sounds like it take a couple of windows out.
So what to do when you can't go outside, and your cable goes out? Why, you make soup! What could be better fare during a blizzard?
I had gotten a rotisserie chicken yesterday, so after I ate my meal yesterday, I stripped the carcass and tossed it into a pot with water. Just enough to cover it. I had to let it simmer for 2 to 4 hours (I really don't remember how long I cooked it for), and froze it.
Today, I figured that I could add the leftover mashed potatoes from the other day and then puree it some more. I added shallots, garlic and some green onion too. Oh, and milk and sour cream. Topped with white cheddar, more green onions, crispy onions and of course BACON.
I didn't have a recipe to work from, so mostly this was just winging it. All in all, it was pretty good!

---Little Bird is trying to stay warm.


Chris said...

How it is going ? I read that Chicago was hit by the worst blizzard/snow in decades.

little bird said...

All is well. Windows are intact. Cable has been restored. Cabinets have stopped shaking. It sucked while it lasted, and it lasted too long. I don't drive, so I was spared that nightmare. I finally made it to a real grocery store today, and will be teaching one of my neighbors how to cook tomorrow. We're making chicken noodle soup, from scratch. Even the noodles. I made the broth (basic stock) two days ago and froze it. She is inexplicably excited about this.

Chris said...

Good to hear you're alright, have fun teaching your neighbor :)

Chris said...

*presents Avis with a rose* Happy Valentine's Day :)