Star Wars Menu: “Hoth Broth” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar
Well, it’s January and pretty cold. Maybe not Hoth cold, exactly, but cold. Perhaps you need a delicious chicken soup to warm you up. If only Han Solo had thought about packing a thermos filled with a nourishing soup like this, he wouldn’t have had to cut open that Tauntaun. Poor Luke Skywalker —injured and traumatized, then unceremoniously stuffed inside a stinky Tauntaun just to stay alive. Luke was probably having nightmares about that vicious Wampa the whole time he was stuck in that unfortunate animal’s guts. It’s a safe bet that Wampas are pretty foul-smelling as well!
2 quarts low-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
½ pound cooked chicken, diced or shredded
5-6 ounces fresh baby spinach, cut into slivers
2 ounces fresh basil, cut into slivers
4 ounces fresh Romano cheese, finely shredded
4 extra large eggs
Bring broth to a boil in a 6-quart saucepan. Add the salt through the cheese and bring to a boil again. Cook on medium heat, uncovered, 10 minutes. Stir a few times. Whisk the eggs well in a 4-cup glass measure. Turn heat to lowest setting. Slowly pour eggs in and swirl with a fork to make threads. Season, if desired. Cover and chill leftovers. Serves 4-6.
Remembering Carrie Fisher
Life has a habit of surprising you, sometimes unpleasantly. Recently, we lost our Princess. Now, I’m afraid I’m not in the habit of writing elegies. I’m more of a bottle-everything-up-and-occasionally-weep-quietly-in-a-corner type of person. I’ve been doing a lot of weeping during this awful year that called itself 2016. Please read my fellow reporters’ beautiful tributes to Carrie Fisher, one by Miriam and the other by Jason, and have another cry. On New Year’s Eve, however, I decided to do something cheerful and watch the Austin Powers movie trilogy. It had been many years since my husband and I had seen them. And there was Carrie, in an uncredited role as therapist to Dr. Evil and his son Scott. She was a generous soul.
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Astrid Tuttle Winegar
Astrid Tuttle Winegar is the author of Cooking for Halflings & Monsters: 111 Comfy, Cozy Recipes for Fantasy-Loving Souls , which is now available from Oloris Publishing and Amazon! She loves Middle-earth, Narnia, the Final Frontier, and many other things besides. She has a special love for the Galaxy Far, Far Away. She lives in the enchanted city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband and dog. Visit her website for more information: Astrid Tuttle Winegar | Cooking for Halflings & Monsters.