Monday, December 1, 2014

Guild Meetings

I have been a member of the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild for nearly two years. The meetings are the first Monday of the month, and I usually plan to attend.
For the meeting this month we are supposed to make a pot holder to swap. I made the paper pieced trivet/pot holder from the Patchwork Please book.
I'm happy with the way it turned out, except I am not good at machine binding. The backside of the binding looks better than the front.
We are also supposed to bring a dessert or snack to share. I made an angel food cake with all the egg whites I had left over from making nut rolls a few weeks ago. They were safely kept in the freezer and whipped up into stiff peaks after being defrosted.
We were also supposed to bring a yard of fabric to swap. It could be any mixture of yardage or fat quarters, half yards, etc.
But in the end I decided to enjoy the cooler weather and forecasted rain and stay home and make chicken soup for dinner.

Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 1 large whole chicken, preferably organic
  • 3 quarts low sodium chicken stock
  • onion, cut in half
  • 2-3 stalks celery, cut in half
    1 carrots, cut in chunks
  • clove garlic
    3 springs fresh parsley
    1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 head green cabbage, cut in half
  • 1/2 head of cabbage, shredded
  • carrots, quartered and sliced in 2" pieces
    6-8 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 package Fideo noodles, cooked as directed on package
  • Wrap parsley, bay leaf, thyme, garlic clove and peppercorns in cheesecloth and tie closed. Place all but the last four ingredients in a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 2-3 hours. Strain broth, reserving chicken. When cool enough to handle, shred chicken or cut into chunks. At this point you can refrigerate the broth over night and when the fat has hardened, skim it off the top, but you don’t need to.
  • To finish the soup, bring broth to boil, add carrots and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Add celery and cabbage and cook an additional 6 minutes, until tender. Add shredded chicken and cooked noodles and season to taste with additional salt and pepper.

LA traffic is the worst and by not going I saved myself over three hours of driving. I'll miss celebrating with the girls in the group but I'm still tired from traveling last week and all the Thanksgiving festivities. I think I'm going to enjoy sitting at home, snuggled in a quilt and knitting instead of spending all that time on the freeway.

...and later that evening
Since I skipped the meeting, I unpicked the machine binding and stitched it down by hand. It looks so much better.


Leanne said...

Soup is a great think when it is home made and 3 hours is a long time in traffic.

Susan Snooks said...

And more time to eat cake! I hope Mr. Romance helped you eat it! Your trivet is gorgeous. (PS I received your lovely card today! You are so organised- I don't even have one from my Australian friends yet! ;-))

OPQuilt said...

I would have stayed home too! That LA traffic is a beast. Now you'll have a mug rug for the next swap--way to think ahead. I'm impressed that you got all ready and then pulled the plug in order to eat chicken soup; that recipe looks delicious. Thank you for sharing.


Katy Cameron said...

Love the use of that central print, I've got some, but not brought myself to use it yet!

Geri said...

Snuggling in a quilt sounds good to me! That soup looks delish! I'm copying down this recipe!