Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Chicken Vegetable Soup

Kathleen from  Cuisine Kathleen has challenged us to use birds, nests or eggs for April's Let's Dish party.  I'm sharing the painting that my son, Mike, is doing for me.  I think my Fiesta Ware dishes in the Peacock color look perfect with the painting.  Some bird houses, a nest that I made last year,  and a favorite bird complete the setting.

Here's a closer look at the painting.  I was hoping that it would be finished, but he still needs to work on the background.  These are all birds that visit my yard and are basically stylized to be about the same size. 

I always like to share a recipe and I thought I'd include a "bird" recipe.  This was found recently from The Associated Press and I adapted it to suit my tastes.  It comes together quickly and has a fresh, light taste and perfect for a Spring time meal.

1 T. olive oil
1/4 cup chopped shallots
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, diced
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, diced
8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1" pieces
1 t. dried thyme (or 3 T. fresh, chopped)
16 ounces frozen baby corn (I used Trader Joe's frozen roasted corn)
2 chicken breast halves, cooked and cubed,  or leftover rotisserie chicken)
salt and pepper to taste

In a large stockpot over medium, heat the oil. Add the shallots, garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Cook until the onion is tender and translucent, 6 to 7 minutes.
Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Add the asparagus, thyme and corn, and chicken,  then cook just until the asparagus is tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Makes 6 servings.

I am sharing this with:


  1. The painting looks great Kitty and I agree, the dishes are perfect with it! Such pretty colors. Wish I had a bowl of that soup for my lunch today:@)

  2. How can vegetable soup look so springy? Must be all those beautiful greens! Rotisserie chicken: I think I need one today. Ha!

    1. Well, maybe it's the greens, but looking again, I think it's the beautiful Fiesta dishes.

  3. Love your Springy vignette, and the picture is wonderful. The color of that bowl really pops! Hope you are well, dear Kitty!

  4. Your son is incredibly talented! I can't wait to see the finished product. :) My daughter loves birds so she will love it when she sees it too.

    The soup looks divine! I rarely eat soup when the weather is warmer but I agree, this is perfect for spring weather. Thanks so much for sharing!


  5. That painting is amazing, he is very talented. You dishes look beautiful with it. Dianne

  6. Kitty, Mike's painting is so perfect for Kathleen's challenge! Also, only you would think of making bird soup - lol!!! The recipe looks delicious and I am enjoying all of your Fiesta!

  7. Oh! your son is so talented! The painting is beautiful and perfect for the challenge! I love your creating your table using the blue china with the nest in the bowl. Have fun enjoying the fabulous weather!


  8. Oh my how nice- love the painting! Those blue dishes really do go well with it. Cute vignette!

  9. Yum, that sounds good Kitty. I love the painting your son did, so beautiful. The blue Fiesta looks great with it. We always try to buy original art for our walls. Love the creative artistry in people.

  10. Your painting is beautiful, what a talented son you have! I love the vivid dishes with it, and the soup looks delicious. -Dawn @ We Call It

  11. Very nice painting goes very well with your colorful dishes and soup looks yummy!

  12. Love your vignette, Kitty. I'll say it again...your son's painting is gorgeous...what talent he has.

  13. Pinning your soup recipe. Sounds great.

    How blessed to have such a talented son. I love his bird painting and paired with your peacock color dishes your tablescape is quite stunning.

  14. Well, I'll be doggoned....I just made a nice chicken pasta soup for dinner. I wish I would have seen this recipe first. I have asparagus in the fridge, and it would have been a welcome addition just for kicks! I never thought of putting asparagus in with chicken...or in a soup, for that matter! Maybe next time. Can't even add it to the leftovers because despite the fact I made a pretty good sized pot of it, Ramon ate FOUR there aren't any significant leftovers!!!!

    Your son is doing a great job on that painting. What a special and from-the-heart gift!

  15. Kitty, I love the painting! It could be a greeting card or Christmas card. I'm sure you will treasure it always. Yum...asparagus and chicken....sounds delicious! Linda

  16. The painting is the perfect backdrop for this pretty spring soup. It looks delicious!

  17. The painting is getting more beautiful to me by the day. I LOVE all the details he has in it.
    Of all the soups in the world, vegetable has always been my least favorite. (Wait. Scratch that. SPLIT PEA is actually my least favorite.)

    Since every single recipe I have ever pinned and tried from you has been a two-thumbs-up delicious recipe, I will pin this a try it. I love asparagus so that's a reason to try it right there,

  18. Great painting...yes, it looks great with the dishes!

  19. Hi Kitty, Your son's painting is beautiful! I love that the scale of the birds are the same and your spring chicken soup sounds wonderful with the addition of the asparagus!

  20. What a beautiful picture of those birds Kitty! You must have quite the bird sanctury in your yard. We do not have many different kinds of birds here where we live, at least not little ones. Too cold maybe?
    Your display was beautiful and the soup will be one I will cook up for sure.


  21. Your son is quite talented, such a lovely painting. Birds are so fun to watch. Great looking soup too Kitty. Fresh veggies and almost anything we can add to make it super duper....Hugs, Linda

  22. Hi Kitty! What a beautiful wall hanging your son is making for you! Is he in Art School? What a labor of love for his Mom :)
    I think I would swap out the asparagus for green beans. I hope it wouldn't affect the flavor too much? It's still soup weather around here. I love it.

  23. Mike's work on the birds is so nice...lovely details. The recipe sounds delicious. Thanks! Cherry Kay

  24. I love your bird theme, Kitty, and your son's painting is such a treasure! I just love those handmade gifts made with love <3 Your fiesta ware is beautiful - I do love blue dishes...Thank you for sharing the soup recipe, so quick and easy and healthy! I hope you have a lovely weekend, my friend. xo Karen

  25. Hi Kitty,

    Oh I love this post!! Mike did a great job on the bird painting!! You know how we love the birds here at Forest Manor. :) The peacock blue of your dishes is PERFECT with the picture; it picks up the blue of the Jays. I think I can identify most all of the birds; they are some of the same ones that come to our yard. I also love the nest you made and your stone bird -- so pretty.

    Your soup looks delicious too, Kitty. Everything you cook always looks yummy. :) Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

    Have a wonderful day, Kitty!


    Denise at Forest Manor

    P.S. Is that your hawk in the far left of the picture?

  26. Quite a talented son you have, and, of course, you found a way to tie it together with your dishes. Your soup looks like something I'd like to have a taste of right now as it is nearing lunch time.

  27. Your boy is so talented...I just love his paintings.
    This soup sounds and looks sooo good. A must-try.
    Thanks for coming by......

  28. Hi Kitty,
    The painting is really coming along, I hope you will share it with us when it is complete. Your Spring Chicken Vegetable soup looks delicious and very comforting. I would love a bowl of that soup today!! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday today, it is great to have you at the party. Hope you have a very special week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  29. That painting is pretty amazing. Very very talented boy. The soup looks delicious too. I love soups so this is one I am adding to my list. Thanks for visiting me. I truly appreciate your lovely comment.


  30. This soup sounds perfect for today. It's raining out and I woke up with a yucky head cold - maybe I will show my hubby the recipe and he can make it...haha :)

    Once again, that painting is amazing! Your son is extremely talented, dear Kitty. Enjoy your week, lovely friend!

  31. I've enjoyed all the posts I've read from this challenge, and I like yours, too. the soup sounds fantastic, and I like all the vegetables in it.

  32. What a beautiful painting what a gift your son has given you and the blue is popping. Susie

  33. The painting is beautiful! It goes perfect with your new Fiesta!
    Happy Easter my friend!

  34. The painting is wonderful! Happy Easter - Happy SYC

  35. The painting is coming along so nicely Kitty. What talent he has! Love the Spring soup. Will be giving it a try. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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