“Rain, rain, go away….” But until it does make a batch of this Spicy Farmhouse Chicken and Pasta soup with Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches to warm everyone’s spirits and stomachs.
Some recipes are born from creative vision and some from necessity. This one is from both. If you live in the United States and watch the national news you’ll know what has been going on in Boulder for the last half week. What I mentioned in my last post as the start of fall transformed into a ‘National Disaster’ within 3 days. Fourteen inches of rain in 24 hours (more outside that time frame). Roadways ripped from the earth. Trickling streams turned into blazing waterways. Communities orphaned by Mother Nature requiring air lifting to rejoin the human race.
We aren’t strangers to the ritual of unexpected disaster though it usually presents in the form of wild fires. A knot in the stomach that doesn’t leave. Best preparation put in place. Long nights spent watching out our third floor window set to the background soundtrack of the public Sheriff’s scanner online, which has the latest information and interesting insight into the private workings of our community. Falling to sleep from sheer exhaustion, remote control in hand, only to wake in 45 minutes to more news coverage and repeating that cycle until the dawn light shines.
We have been spared. No leaks. No damage. Our street is clear. There is a dry creek bed two blocks south over a major street into the foothills that is raging like the Mississippi river. The photos on Twitter of our downtown looking more like an angry sea port are foreign to our view. We have not left our house at the prompting of the local authorities who are keeping the roads clear for emergency rescue vehicles. So what’s a girl to do? Cook of course.
I do love the challenge of making food from what I have on hand. In this case we were fully stocked from our last CSA share pick up. Beautiful produce at its prime begging to be made into a hearty, colorful soup to take away the chill of the pounding rain.
This soup has a sunny disposition. It is bursting with seasonal flavors, has a wonderful texture and I don’t think it could be more festive looking. To celebrate the farm nature of it I added some barnyard animal shaped (gluten-free) pasta I’ve been saving for just the right dish. Paired with mini Grilled Cheese sandwiches and everyone’s spirits were lifted. Don’t wait for a rain storm to try this out! It’s a perfect fall dish that will be served often in my household.
While not cooking or watching hours of news coverage, I’ve started a Pinterest board of Rainy Day Food; other soul-warming dishes to take the edge off. Come take a peek and follow!