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Catherine's Spicy Chicken Soup
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October 30, 2007

The great thing about this recipe is its flexibility. You can adjust about any quantity to your liking and still enjoy the basic flavors. For those who thought it too bland or too spicy, the solution is to adjust your seasonings as you go. The parsley flakes, onion powder and garlic powder are not so critical, but save adding chili powder and salt for the last, especially because the boullion cubes will be salty. Chili powder intensifies the perception of saltiness, so add it before any salt. Start with half the recipe quantity of spices, wait 5-10 minutes as the soup simmers for the spice flavor to fully release, then taste. Repeat this adjustment cycle as necessary until you're satisfied. We save the sour cream to add at the table, along with shredded cheddar cheese and corn tortilla chips. Want great tortilla chips? Buy a package of fresh corn tortillas. Spray or brush both sides with olive oil, cut each tortilla in half and then julienne them into 1/4" strips. Spread the strips out on a nonstick cookie sheet. If you like, sprinkle with sea salt, chili powder and/or cumin. Bake 5 minutes at 425 degrees and check; sample and bake longer until the chips achieve your desired crispness. The julienned chips are great because they're easy to pick up with a soup spoon. You'll never go back to store-bought chips!

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