What to do when cold and flu season comes around?

Well I, of course, cook…

If I had all the time in the world this is what I’d do.

Step One:

40 Clove Garlic Chicken (Crockpot)

Feeling decadent? Place a whole well-seasoned chicken (for my huge crock pot 2 chickens less than 3 lbs or 1 larger one), 40 cloves of garlic, a glass of white wine and let it cook on low for 8-10 hours.

The garlic “roasts” becoming soft and sweet, a lovely spread for bread.

Seasoning around our house is usually Adobo (instead of salt & pepper), paprika, thyme, rosemary & sage.

If you leave the skin on the garlic, you can squeeze the softened garlic onto the bread, but I like to just smash it so I tend to take the skin off.

GRAVY

1/4 cup cream
2 – 3 tablespoons cornstarch
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Skim the fat off the liquid in the crockpot. Pour into small saucepan. Over med-high heat, sdd the cream. In a cup, mix cornstarch with a small amount of water until smooth and add to liquid. Stir and heat until thickened.

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Step Two:

Leave whatever meat is leftover from the meal above and cover the chicken carcass(es) with water (approx. 6 cups for each carcass) in a small soup pot and let it simmer for an hour to an hour & a half with the lid mostly on.

Remove the carcass and any remaining bones from the liquid and added some chopped carrots, parsnips, potatoes and celery. (I’ve been known to add spinach, shiitake mushroom, broccoli, &/ or diced tomato.)

While the carrots and celery were cooking, look over the bones and reserve any edible meat until the veggies are tender but still a little crunchy.

When the vegetables were done, add the reserved chicken meat and some cooked egg noodles or pasta to the chicken broth.

For an extra kick during the cold season, for each cup of chicken broth toss in:

A smashed slice of Ginger, about 1/4 – 1/2 inch
1/8 cup of fresh Cilantro
1/8 cup fresh Lime or Lemon juice (divided)

Heat & simmer everything except half the lime juice for 10 minutes, strain out ginger and cilantro, if you can. Add the remaining lime juice.

Ginger: anti-inflammatory
Cilatro: anti-bacterial
Lime: Vitamin C

If you have any left over, refrigerate with some extra ginger. When you reheat, top off with fresh juice.

We’ve also thrown in Cayenne to clear the sinuses. And extra Garlic because it’s so good for everything.

These can also be added to canned chicken broth and is quite lovely to sip from a mug on a yucky day.

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