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  1. #1
    Christine Dabney Guest

    Default Your favorite soup for colds

    Hiya all,

    I have come down with a miserable cold...and it is lodging in my chest
    as well as my head. I find myself wanting soup now...but not just any
    old soup. I am thinking of something spicy..to maybe loosen all this
    congestion, etc...

    I some good chicken broth on hand right now, so that could be the
    basis of it...but it doesn't have to be. I would rather not go out to
    get anything for it, but I am probably going to have to go out anyway
    for some cough medicine, so I could stop and get the ingredients I
    don't have. However, I am not really feeling like doing much cooking
    right now, so the simpler the better.

    So..with all that being said, what is your favorite soup for when you
    have a cold? Spicy preferred...but it doesn't have to be...

    Christine

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    Serene Sprat Guest

    Default Re: Your favorite soup for colds

    Christine Dabney wrote:
    > Hiya all,
    >
    > I have come down with a miserable cold...and it is lodging in my chest
    > as well as my head. I find myself wanting soup now...but not just any
    > old soup. I am thinking of something spicy..to maybe loosen all this
    > congestion, etc...


    Oh, no! That thing went around here for a month. It's icky.

    > I some good chicken broth on hand right now, so that could be the
    > basis of it...but it doesn't have to be. I would rather not go out to
    > get anything for it, but I am probably going to have to go out anyway
    > for some cough medicine, so I could stop and get the ingredients I
    > don't have. However, I am not really feeling like doing much cooking
    > right now, so the simpler the better.


    I would probably just throw in a TON of garlic, some onions, and
    some ginger, and all the red pepper flakes you can stand. Simple is
    better when you feel this way.

    Or if you have a jar of kimchee, it makes a lovely soup just heated
    up in some chicken stock.

    Drink the soup as hot as you can stand it. I read a study that said
    that it's the heat of chicken soup that helps -- it apparently does
    a little mini-cauterization on the poor tired nerve endings in the
    throat.

    *hugs* if you want 'em.

    Serene

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    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Your favorite soup for colds

    Christine Dabney wrote:

    >
    > So..with all that being said, what is your favorite soup for when you
    > have a cold? Spicy preferred...but it doesn't have to be...
    >


    Nuts to the soup. As soon as I feel a cold coming on I take a nice long
    hot bath and just soak in it's therapeutic warmth. Then I drink a hot rum
    toddy and go to bed. Nine times out of ten I wake up in the morning
    cured.




  4. #4
    Christine Dabney Guest

    Default Re: Your favorite soup for colds

    On Wed, 19 Mar 2008 16:52:03 -0700, Serene Sprat
    <[email protected]> wrote:


    >
    >Oh, no! That thing went around here for a month. It's icky.

    Oh, I hope it doesn't last that long!!!!

    My luck would have it that I got it on my days off...although I might
    have had it the last night I worked. I was already starting to cough a
    lot then, but I thought it was just my asthma. Either way, soup
    feels right.

    >I would probably just throw in a TON of garlic, some onions, and
    >some ginger, and all the red pepper flakes you can stand. Simple is
    >better when you feel this way.
    >
    >Or if you have a jar of kimchee, it makes a lovely soup just heated
    >up in some chicken stock.


    No kimchee, but I am not too far from an Asian market.
    >
    >Drink the soup as hot as you can stand it. I read a study that said
    >that it's the heat of chicken soup that helps -- it apparently does
    >a little mini-cauterization on the poor tired nerve endings in the
    >throat.
    >
    >*hugs* if you want 'em.
    >
    >Serene


    Thanks a whole bunch. I am trying to imbibe as many fluids as I
    can....and hot soup sounds like a winner.

    Christine

  5. #5
    Christine Dabney Guest

    Default Re: Your favorite soup for colds

    On Wed, 19 Mar 2008 19:52:08 -0400, Dave Smith
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Christine Dabney wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> So..with all that being said, what is your favorite soup for when you
    >> have a cold? Spicy preferred...but it doesn't have to be...
    >>

    >
    >Nuts to the soup. As soon as I feel a cold coming on I take a nice long
    >hot bath and just soak in it's therapeutic warmth. Then I drink a hot rum
    >toddy and go to bed. Nine times out of ten I wake up in the morning
    >cured.
    >
    >


    I can't do tub baths. And this has already been going on for several
    days..and it really is a cold...so will not be over in just one night.

    So what IS your favorite soup for something like this?

    Christine

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    hahabogus Guest

    Default Re: Your favorite soup for colds

    Christine Dabney <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:[email protected]:

    > Hiya all,
    >
    > I have come down with a miserable cold...and it is lodging in my chest
    > as well as my head. I find myself wanting soup now...but not just any
    > old soup. I am thinking of something spicy..to maybe loosen all this
    > congestion, etc...
    >
    > I some good chicken broth on hand right now, so that could be the
    > basis of it...but it doesn't have to be. I would rather not go out to
    > get anything for it, but I am probably going to have to go out anyway
    > for some cough medicine, so I could stop and get the ingredients I
    > don't have. However, I am not really feeling like doing much cooking
    > right now, so the simpler the better.
    >
    > So..with all that being said, what is your favorite soup for when you
    > have a cold? Spicy preferred...but it doesn't have to be...
    >
    > Christine
    >


    nancy's tortilla soup.

    --

    The house of the burning beet-Alan

    A man in line at the bank kept falling over...when he got to a teller he
    asked for his balance.


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    hahabogus Guest

    Default Re: Your favorite soup for colds

    Christine Dabney <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:[email protected]:

    > and it really is a cold.


    I could come over and rub vick's on your chest...

    --

    The house of the burning beet-Alan

    A man in line at the bank kept falling over...when he got to a teller he
    asked for his balance.


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    cybercat Guest

    Default Re: Your favorite soup for colds


    "Christine Dabney" <[email protected]> wrote
    > So..with all that being said, what is your favorite soup for when you
    > have a cold? Spicy preferred...but it doesn't have to be...


    chicken broth, lots of crushed, chopped garlic, cayenne pepper.



    --
    Posted via a free Usenet account from http://www.teranews.com


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    Paul M. Cook Guest

    Default Re: Your favorite soup for colds


    "Christine Dabney" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Hiya all,
    >
    > I have come down with a miserable cold...and it is lodging in my chest
    > as well as my head. I find myself wanting soup now...but not just any
    > old soup. I am thinking of something spicy..to maybe loosen all this
    > congestion, etc...
    >
    > I some good chicken broth on hand right now, so that could be the
    > basis of it...but it doesn't have to be. I would rather not go out to
    > get anything for it, but I am probably going to have to go out anyway
    > for some cough medicine, so I could stop and get the ingredients I
    > don't have. However, I am not really feeling like doing much cooking
    > right now, so the simpler the better.
    >
    > So..with all that being said, what is your favorite soup for when you
    > have a cold? Spicy preferred...but it doesn't have to be...



    Thai chicken and chili soup ith noodles and especially lime and basil.

    Paul



  10. #10
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Your favorite soup for colds

    Christine Dabney wrote:

    > On Wed, 19 Mar 2008 19:52:08 -0400, Dave Smith
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >Christine Dabney wrote:
    > >
    > >>
    > >> So..with all that being said, what is your favorite soup for when you
    > >> have a cold? Spicy preferred...but it doesn't have to be...
    > >>

    > >
    > >Nuts to the soup. As soon as I feel a cold coming on I take a nice long
    > >hot bath and just soak in it's therapeutic warmth. Then I drink a hot rum
    > >toddy and go to bed. Nine times out of ten I wake up in the morning
    > >cured.
    > >
    > >

    >
    > I can't do tub baths. And this has already been going on for several
    > days..and it really is a cold...so will not be over in just one night.
    >
    > So what IS your favorite soup for something like this?


    I guess it would be Rub Toddy Soup :-)



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    Victor Sack Guest

    Default Re: Your favorite soup for colds

    Christine Dabney <[email protected]> wrote:

    > So..with all that being said, what is your favorite soup for when you
    > have a cold? Spicy preferred...but it doesn't have to be...


    Something on the similar lines posted a few years ago:

    Here is a recipe for you.

    - Have a nice, spicy, stiff Bloody Mary.

    - Follow with Korean yukgaejang (spicy beef soup), or tom yam (Thai
    sour-and-spicy soup - don't bother adding prawns, chicken, etc.), or
    kimchi kuk (Korean kimchi soup).

    - Then have another nice, spicy, stiff Bloody Mary or two.

    You won't believe how good you end up feeling.

    Can I have your cold, please?

    Depending on the ingredients you have on hand or can get easily, simple
    versions of tom yam or kimchi kuk can be very easy and quick to make.
    Here are two recipes. The first one is an improvised version I make
    often, cold or no cold. The second is an adapted version from a post on
    alt.food.vegan. The original recipe was from 'Flavours of Korea'.

    Kimchi Soup Version one

    About 1.5 l (1.6 quart) beef stock (I can well imagine using water, or
    some other stock for a different result, even fish stock)
    About 300 g (11 oz) kimchi, cut in bite-sized slices
    3 green onions, green and white parts, chopped
    some firm tofu, cubed
    A handfull or two of mung bean sprouts
    Optionally, gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste, sometimes containing
    some soy paste), to taste
    a splash of lemon juice
    Rice, cooked and served in soup or separately, to be eaten along with
    the soup

    Bring to the boil the beef stock with the kimchi, green onions and firm
    tofu. After a few minutes, add the mung bean sprouts. Optionally, add
    some gochujang to taste (especially if the kimchi is not hot enough).
    Add a splash of lemon juice. Serve with rice. Consider also replacing
    rice with glass noodles and green onions with chives. Gochujang can be
    replaced with gochugaru (Korean ground hot pepper).


    Kimchi Soup Version two

    About 400 g (14 oz) kimchi (the fresh, not the fermented kind), cut in
    bite-sized slices
    About 100 g (3.5 oz) firm tofu, cubed
    3 green onions, green and white parts, chopped
    1/3 of a carrot, cut in very thin strips (optional)
    some glass noodles
    1 tablespoon rice vinegar
    2 teaspoons soy sauce
    1 teaspoon sesame oil (optional)
    1 teaspoon Korean red pepper powder or 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (if the
    kimchi is not hot enough
    2 cups water (or to taste)
    a splash of lemon juice

    Combine all the ingredients except the lemon juice in a saucepan. Bring
    to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes
    (or longer, if you like). Add a splash of lemon juice.

    Victor

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    kilikini Guest

    Default Re: Your favorite soup for colds

    Christine Dabney wrote:
    > On Wed, 19 Mar 2008 19:52:08 -0400, Dave Smith
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Christine Dabney wrote:
    >>
    >>>
    >>> So..with all that being said, what is your favorite soup for when
    >>> you have a cold? Spicy preferred...but it doesn't have to be...
    >>>

    >>
    >> Nuts to the soup. As soon as I feel a cold coming on I take a nice
    >> long hot bath and just soak in it's therapeutic warmth. Then I drink
    >> a hot rum toddy and go to bed. Nine times out of ten I wake up in
    >> the morning cured.
    >>
    >>

    >
    > I can't do tub baths. And this has already been going on for several
    > days..and it really is a cold...so will not be over in just one night.
    >
    > So what IS your favorite soup for something like this?
    >
    > Christine


    My suggestion would be tortilla soup or menudo. Take your pic.

    kili



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    Nexis Guest

    Default Re: Your favorite soup for colds


    "Christine Dabney" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Hiya all,
    >
    > I have come down with a miserable cold...and it is lodging in my chest
    > as well as my head. I find myself wanting soup now...but not just any
    > old soup. I am thinking of something spicy..to maybe loosen all this
    > congestion, etc...
    >
    > I some good chicken broth on hand right now, so that could be the
    > basis of it...but it doesn't have to be. I would rather not go out to
    > get anything for it, but I am probably going to have to go out anyway
    > for some cough medicine, so I could stop and get the ingredients I
    > don't have. However, I am not really feeling like doing much cooking
    > right now, so the simpler the better.
    >
    > So..with all that being said, what is your favorite soup for when you
    > have a cold? Spicy preferred...but it doesn't have to be...
    >
    > Christine


    Hey woman! You have alot of nerve getting sick when we're s'posed to be cooking! lol

    Seriously, though, sorry you're not feeling well. What about some hot & sour soup?
    For a quart of broth, add about 1 1/2 tbsp each of soy sauce and rice wine vinegar
    (red or white) or red wine vinegar, a tsp or so of sugar, a tsp of sesame oil, a tbsp
    of cornstarch (dissolved in some broth before heating), and some fresh white pepper.
    Bring it all to a boil, and drizzle in a beaten egg. Finish with some chopped green
    onions if you have some. You can add egg noodles, dumplings, ramen, vermicelli,
    mushrooms, or whatever you like if you feel like you want something a little more
    substantial.

    That being said, hot chicken soup with homemade noodles is always my drug of choice,
    whether it's a cold, the flu, or just general malaise

    Feel better quick, hon!

    kimberly


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    kilikini Guest

    Default Re: Your favorite soup for colds

    hahabogus wrote:
    > Christine Dabney <[email protected]> wrote in
    > news:[email protected]:
    >
    >> Hiya all,
    >>
    >> I have come down with a miserable cold...and it is lodging in my
    >> chest as well as my head. I find myself wanting soup now...but not
    >> just any old soup. I am thinking of something spicy..to maybe
    >> loosen all this congestion, etc...
    >>
    >> I some good chicken broth on hand right now, so that could be the
    >> basis of it...but it doesn't have to be. I would rather not go out
    >> to get anything for it, but I am probably going to have to go out
    >> anyway for some cough medicine, so I could stop and get the
    >> ingredients I don't have. However, I am not really feeling like
    >> doing much cooking right now, so the simpler the better.
    >>
    >> So..with all that being said, what is your favorite soup for when you
    >> have a cold? Spicy preferred...but it doesn't have to be...
    >>
    >> Christine
    >>

    >
    > nancy's tortilla soup.


    Ha! I posted before I read your response, Alan. I second tortilla soup.

    kili



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    Christine Dabney Guest

    Default Re: Your favorite soup for colds

    On Wed, 19 Mar 2008 18:27:15 -0700, "Nexis" <[email protected]> wrote:


    >Hey woman! You have alot of nerve getting sick when we're s'posed to be cooking! lol


    Yeah, it's a real bummer. I had planned to do some shopping these
    days, but instead I am staying here at the apartment. I might go out
    in a bit, to find some ingredients. I need some other things too, so
    I might as well get everything then.
    >
    >Seriously, though, sorry you're not feeling well. What about some hot & sour soup?
    >For a quart of broth, add about 1 1/2 tbsp each of soy sauce and rice wine vinegar
    >(red or white) or red wine vinegar, a tsp or so of sugar, a tsp of sesame oil, a tbsp
    >of cornstarch (dissolved in some broth before heating), and some fresh white pepper.
    >Bring it all to a boil, and drizzle in a beaten egg. Finish with some chopped green
    >onions if you have some. You can add egg noodles, dumplings, ramen, vermicelli,
    >mushrooms, or whatever you like if you feel like you want something a little more
    >substantial.


    Yes, I love a good hot and sour soup, but the ones I have made before
    are more work than I was thinking of doing. But, I might get
    ingredients for one of my favorites, Vietnamese hot and sour soup,
    which comes from one of the Moosewood cookbooks. I will add a ton of
    chilies/curry paste to it..

    Yours sounds good too...
    >
    >That being said, hot chicken soup with homemade noodles is always my drug of choice,
    >whether it's a cold, the flu, or just general malaise
    >
    >Feel better quick, hon!


    I wish I had some of your noodles!!

    Christine


  16. #16
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Your favorite soup for colds


    "hahabogus" <[email protected]> wrote

    > Christine Dabney <[email protected]> wrote


    >> I have come down with a miserable cold...and it is lodging in my chest
    >> as well as my head. I find myself wanting soup now...but not just any
    >> old soup. I am thinking of something spicy..to maybe loosen all this
    >> congestion, etc...


    >> So..with all that being said, what is your favorite soup for when you
    >> have a cold? Spicy preferred...but it doesn't have to be...


    > nancy's tortilla soup.


    (smile) Thanks, ha, that is what I make when I have a cold,
    clears out the sinuses. Helps if I use hot Italian sausage rather
    than chicken.

    I haven't made that in some time.

    nancy



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    Sheldon Guest

    Default Re: Your favorite soup for colds

    On Mar 19, 7:43�pm, Christine Dabney <artis...@ix.netcom.com> wrote:
    > Hiya all,
    >
    > I have come down with a miserable cold...and it is lodging in my chest
    > as well as my head. �I find myself wanting soup now...but not justany
    > old soup. � I am thinking of something spicy..to maybe loosen all this
    > congestion, etc...
    >
    > I �some good chicken broth on hand right now, so that could be the
    > basis of it...but it doesn't have to be. �I would rather not go out to
    > get anything for it, but I am probably going to have to go out anyway
    > for some cough medicine, so I could stop and get the ingredients I
    > don't have. �However, I am not really feeling like doing much cooking
    > right now, so the simpler the better.
    >
    > So..with all that being said, what is your favorite soup for when you
    > have a cold? �Spicy preferred...but it doesn't have to be...


    Keep it simple.
    Egg drop; chicken/tomato.

  18. #18
    Stan Horwitz Guest

    Default Re: Your favorite soup for colds

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Christine Dabney <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Hiya all,
    >
    > I have come down with a miserable cold...and it is lodging in my chest
    > as well as my head. I find myself wanting soup now...but not just any
    > old soup. I am thinking of something spicy..to maybe loosen all this
    > congestion, etc...
    >
    > I some good chicken broth on hand right now, so that could be the
    > basis of it...but it doesn't have to be. I would rather not go out to
    > get anything for it, but I am probably going to have to go out anyway
    > for some cough medicine, so I could stop and get the ingredients I
    > don't have. However, I am not really feeling like doing much cooking
    > right now, so the simpler the better.
    >
    > So..with all that being said, what is your favorite soup for when you
    > have a cold? Spicy preferred...but it doesn't have to be...


    For me, Campbell's chicken and stars soup is my soup of choice when I am
    feeling lousy, which is an extremely rare occurrence. I know its canned
    and not homemade, but when I am sick, I don't want to spend time
    cooking; I just want to curl up in bed and sleep off the illness. If you
    want something with a kick, just add a few drops of hot sauce to the
    soup.

    I hope you get well soon.

  19. #19
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Your favorite soup for colds

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Christine Dabney <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Hiya all,
    >
    > I have come down with a miserable cold...and it is lodging in my chest
    > as well as my head.


    > Christine


    Do you work when you're this sick? :-(
    --
    -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/amytaylor
    Pray for the abatement of her pain.

  20. #20
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Your favorite soup for colds

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Christine Dabney <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Hiya all,
    >
    > I have come down with a miserable cold...and it is lodging in my chest
    > as well as my head. I find myself wanting soup now...but not just any
    > old soup. I am thinking of something spicy..to maybe loosen all this
    > congestion, etc...
    >
    > I some good chicken broth on hand right now, so that could be the
    > basis of it...but it doesn't have to be. I would rather not go out to
    > get anything for it, but I am probably going to have to go out anyway
    > for some cough medicine, so I could stop and get the ingredients I
    > don't have. However, I am not really feeling like doing much cooking
    > right now, so the simpler the better.
    >
    > So..with all that being said, what is your favorite soup for when you
    > have a cold? Spicy preferred...but it doesn't have to be...
    >
    > Christine



    I like plain chicken soup - anytime, but the Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup
    that Nancy posted here a couple years ago (?) is mighty fine, too. Add
    enough hot sauce and it'll clear your sinuses.
    --
    -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/amytaylor
    Pray for the abatement of her pain.

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