Back-to-basics good home cookin'

July 9, 2009 5:10:13 PM PDT
A meal you can cook in one pot: Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken and corn soup.

Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken & Corn Soup With Rivels (or "Lumpy Soup")

Boil for 1 ½ hours in 8 cups of water, in big pot:

  • About 3 ½ pounds fresh, meaty chicken (2 legs and 2 split breasts), with the skin pulled off
  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut chunky
  • 3 big stalks celery with the leaves, cut chunky
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and cut chunky
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon freshly snipped basil
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ½ teaspoons salt
Method:
  1. Remove chicken pieces, pull meat off bones and return it to the broth (discard bones).

  2. Hard boil one egg, coarsely chop it and set aside.

  3. Cut corn kernels off of five ears of fresh, raw corn and add to soup.

  4. Mix 2/3 cup unbleached flour, ½ teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon salt, ½ tablespoon freshly snipped parsley (English broad-leafed). Mix and add to flour: ¼ cup homogenized milk, 1 tablespoon soft or melted butter (cooled), 1 egg.

  5. Bring the soup to a steady boil and drop in the batter by ¼ teaspoon or pea-sized lumps. Simmer for about five minutes until they float to the top and dry out a little. Stir in the chopped hard-boiled egg and serve.

  6. This soup is best enjoyed with a big glass of whole milk and Williamsburg Orange Cake. Guaranteed to satisfy a big, hungry family.
Wiliamsburg Orange Cake

Combine:

  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¾ cup butter (softened)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated (coarse) orange rind
Beat vigorously for a few minutes and stir in:
  • 1 cup golden raisins, chopped
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  1. Grease, flour, and put parchment paper in two 9-inch round pans. Pour in batter and bake at 350 F. for about 30-35 minutes. Cool in pans ten minutes, then invert on rack, pull off parchment, and cool.
Williamsburg Frosting Cream
  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely grated orange peel
  • 4 tablespoons fresh orange juice
Featured guest:
Olivia Stoddard, plays "Mother" in Alameda Civic Light Opera's presentation of "Ragtime"

RAGTIME OPENS JULY 11
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Ragtime runs July 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26
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