Comfort (com-fort) is to give strength and hope to, to ease the grief or trouble of.
I couldn’t put my finger on it but I had this feeling of uneasiness that there was going to be some trouble ahead. We were ready and excited about starting a family, but there was just this little worry in the back in my head. I still can’t describe that feeling but it was that gut instinct. Sadly, I was right on point. We experienced years of loss and pain and suffering. I questioned everything I had ever known, including God. I was scared, heartbroken and empty. After losing my fifth baby, I was left raw and vulnerable. I desperately needed to heal, and no one knew what that would look like. The amazing thing is though, God did. He knew I was suffering and he gathered a team behind me. Family, friends and even strangers that came together and supported, prayed and loved hard on us. God hand picked each one of those individuals to provide comfort to us. So thankful for that blessing.
After Lindsay found out she had cancer, Rachel Lackey made this warm and comforting lemon chicken artichoke soup for her. It not only nourished her body but also her heart. According to Wikipedia, the definition of comfort food is, food which provides a nostalgic or sentimental value to the consumer. This soup did just that for Lindsay, as the many meals I was brought did for me. These are some of the dishes, and people, we never forget. At the end of the day, good and bad times, that is what it is all about. To just love on each other, and eat good food together. Quite honestly, somehow those comfort dishes always taste the best!
Lemon Chicken Artichoke Soup
2 1/2 cups of cooked chicken, shredded
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup flour or (Chicken Knorr-Rice)
2 teaspoons garlic
6 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 cups of canned quartered artichokes, chopped finely
1-2 chicken bullion cubes
Dash of tabasco
In saucepan melt butter; add garlic and flour stirring constantly until blended, about 5 minutes. Mix bullion cubes and broth together till it is smooth, let simmer another 5 minutes or so. Add tabasco, milk, lemon juice, artichokes and chicken. Let simmer all together.
Note: This soup is a great base recipe that you add vegetables, rice and/or pasta to it. Lindsay loves to make this soup with Chicken Knorr-Rice, which is really delicious. Rachel loves spicier food, so do a couple of good dashes of tabasco for a little heat. I also think soup cannot simmer long enough. I love to make a pot in the morning and let it cook away on low all day.
Enjoy! XO, Carrie