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Chicken Fennel Soup v. 2.0

The last Friday of October, cold, gray and rainy with a wind like a knife, it was my day off.  So what’s a boy to do?  Soup!  I wanted to have something to warm the insides for a late lunch/early dinner which was timed for the lady who had to work all day.  I knew she would be hungry.  So I pulled out one of my classics with some tweaks, as I am known to do.

My chicken Fennels soup is based off of a soup I first had at a favorite little lunch spot in downtown Minneapolis called

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Chicken and Corn w/Hot Pepper Soup

Last weekend was a nice break from the summer heat and I wanted to make soup with some fresh stuff from the garden and farms market.  I had been trolling for ideas the week before and I remembered a recipe I found on Bon Appétit that I wanted to try.  I changed it a bit, even so it is really good!  The broth is rich with layers of flavors and it sings the glories of summer!

1 whole chicken 3 quarts chicken broth, low sodium 4 ears of corn, husked and kernels cut off, keep the cobs 1 yellow

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Chicken Dumpling Soup:

This is what I made out of my chicken stock, it is a bit hardy but really wonderful to the taste buds and keep you warm!

1 ½ quart of stock (homemade is the best but store bought is perfect) A glug or two of olive oil 1 white or yellow onion diced 2 garlic cloves diced 2 carrot sticks diced 2 celery stocks diced Sprig or two of fresh thyme 1 bay leaf 1 12 oz. can of diced tomatoes 2 cups shredded chicken (from making stock?) if you don’t have some see below * Dumplings (see below)

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Chicken Wild Rice Soup:

Although wild rice is not directly related to Asian rice it is a close cousin.  It is really healthy containing a lot of potion, B vitamins and diet fiber.  To learn more go here.

This version is a much healthier version since it used a margarine spread substitute that is made with yogurt.  Because of the yogurt spread there is no compromise to the flavor, creaminess or richness of the soup, just a lack of a lot of trans-fats.  Feel free to go back for seconds!

1 medium onion, chopped 2 celery ribs, diced 2 carrots, diced ½

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Chicken Fennel Soup

This is a simple slow cooking soup that only gets better with time and packs a punch of flavor.  I love to make this on cold rainy or snowy days where I get it going and let it slowly cook down for hours as I watch football or putz around the house.  Oh and if picky Shae loves this you know it is good, it is one of her all time favorites!

First off, what is fennel?  Fennel is a plant with a bulbous bottom with fine green frowns that look a lot like dill’s frowns but smaller.  It

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