You don’t have to be Jewish to know that chicken soup can make you feel better right away, especially during cold and flu season.
However, it definitely does become something Jewish when the discussion turns to the MAKING of the soup (and at this competitive level, we’re really talking about matzo ball/chicken noodle soup.) The creation of the matzo balls themselves is a true art form. They can run the gamut from small to medium to large. There are those that rise gently to the surface of the broth and those that assemble at the bottom of the bowl. Some are chewy; others light and fluffy like clouds.
Let the games begin! A soup competition has kicked into high gear these days in Kansas City. And my family and I appear to be the lucky beneficiaries!
Those who are proud of their recipes and the execution of them are not shy about confessing that theirs is the best. It just so happens that we are friends with several of these soup mavens, and, lucky for us, the shelves in our refrigerator started to fill up with this liquid gold as soon as I came out of surgery. In the photo above, Sondra proudly displays her soup before slipping the containers into our fridge.
Not only is a traditional chicken soup good, it is also really good FOR you! It is not called Jewish penicillin for nothing. Thank you, my friends, for shooting me up!