The world lost a beautiful soul in Maurice Sendak. Terry Gross and Stephen Colbert – gave moving tributes to him. Along with millions of people, I love Where the Wild Things Are. I also love the sets he designed for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.
Recently, I looked up his list of works, and discovered that he wrote another favorite childhood book, Chicken Soup with Rice. Little seven-year-old me loved reading this book countless times in the library. They had a carpeted, claw-foot tub that I would climb into to hide away and read. This book is simple in concept – a child recounts all the ways he enjoys chicken soup with rice throughout each month. The rhymes and illustrations are simple. And perfect.
- In a large stock pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, stirring occasionally (about 1 minute.)
- Add carrots, celery, and onion and cook until vegetables begin to soften, about 8 minutes. Add chicken stock, turn heat to high, and bring to a gentle boil. Gently add the chicken breasts, meat side down. Turn heat down to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes.
- Remove chicken to a cutting board. Separate meat from the bone and cut into bite-sized pieces. Add meat back into the soup, along with the rice and parsley. Let simmer another 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with chopped cilantro.