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I Feel Like a Pioneer Woman

Warning to vegetarians – this post involves a roasted chicken.

With the cooler weather I have been baking, roasting, and stewing more.  After baking a whole chicken and eating it for a couple of days, I peeled everything off the bone and made chicken noodle (vegetable) soup. 

The pioneer part comes in here – I boiled the carcass and  used that for the soup broth.  How many people do that any more? Many Kansans and other Midwesterner’s do.   My mom (a Kansan) made us do that when we were kids.  We hated it because we burned our fingers.  Why we didn’t let it cool…I have no idea.  As an adult, I’ve been happy I learned that cooking skill.  Waste not, want not.

The pioneer woman in me feels good that I’m using up every drop of food/nutrients.  In the “good old days,” people didn’t waste food like we do now.  So I am feeling a bit virtuous and happy to have a lovely soup for Sunday.

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  1. @LenaWest says:

    Yummy. That sounds GOOD, Cheryl!

    My grandmother and mom still do this, too.

    I save shrimp shells to make seafood stock and BOY does it taste good.

    Cookin’ from scratch, there’s nothing like it.

  2. You got THAT right :)

  3. Kim Asche says:

    Yep – Can relate!


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