With Mother’s Day almost upon us, I thought I would share what I consider to be the most important recipe ingredient my mother ever gave me.
You might have figured out that I like acronyms (JOY: Just Open Yourself).
When my mother passed away a few years ago, I got to thinking that the most authentic way I could honor her memory was to try to be more like her.
When I asked myself what were the qualities I most admired in her, they came to me in a flash: She was the most Grateful, Loving, Understanding and Easy-going person I have ever known.
And so from then on, I have been working to mix in more GLUE to every relationship and situation. It is the secret ingredient to a happier life.
Here’s one of my mother’s favorite springtime soups. If you’re cooking for your mom this Mother’s Day, this soup will be a big hit!
Please use homemade chicken stock – it makes a huge difference.
1 T Lemon Juice
1 T Salt
3 T butter
1 Onion, finely chopped
2 T Flour
6 – 8 cups Chicken Stock (preferably homemade)
3 T Heavy Cream
Take off the leaves, stems and fuzzy chokes from the artichokes. Add the hearts to a large pot of boiling water with the salt and lemon juice in it. Cook until tender and drain.
Melt the butter in a large pot. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook stirring often about 4 minutes. Add the chicken stock and artichoke hearts. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
The soup can be made ahead at this point. When re-heated, add the heavy cream and salt and pepper to taste. I like to serve this with my Cheddar Stars (found in SALAD JOY).
What happy memories do you have about your mother?