Katie’s Homemade Chicken Soup

Katie’s Homemade Chicken Soup

(Inspired by local, organic ingredients and my grandmother’s original recipe)


  • 4 cups oven-roasted chicken, shredded or cut-up into bite size pieces
    • (if using a whole chicken, set aside bones, skin, other parts – don’t throw away)
    • I used one whole oven-roasted rotisserie chicken
  • 5 large carrots, sliced
  • 5 celery stalks, sliced
  • ½ large white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cartons of chicken broth (32 oz. per carton) I used Pacific Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • noodles (optional – to add to soup at end when ready to eat)
    • I used gluten-free, kosher, egg-free noodles


you will also need:

  • one medium (2-3 qt.) saucepan
  • one large (5-6 qt.) saucepan
  • wooden spoon
  • soup ladle
  • cutting board
  • sharp knife


Remove the good chicken meat from the bones and skin. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and set aside. Put the bones, skin, and remainder of inedible chicken parts into a pan with enough water to cover the bones (about 1-2 cups) over med-high heat and bring to boil. When boiled, bring down to a simmer and stir occasionally while continuing to prepare the rest of the meal. Let simmer for about 30-45 min. This will end up to be the “REAL” part of the chicken stock that will be added to the soup.

Slice up the carrots and celery, set aside.

Heat the second large saucepan over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and add in the diced onion and garlic.

Cook the onions and garlic for 5 minutes then add the carrots, celery, and ½ cup chicken broth.

Let the vegetables cook for 10 minutes and then add the remainder of the store-bought containers of chicken broth. Put on medium-high heat, cover, and let cook for 30 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

Strain the saucepan that’s filled with the “REAL” broth so the bones, skin, excess chicken parts are separate from the liquid. We only want to save the liquid to use as additional broth for a real, natural chicken flavor. Add this broth to the large saucepan with the vegetables. Keep covered, stir occasionally, and cook for 15 more minutes over low-medium heat.

Finely chop the dill and stir it into to the soup.

Let the soup simmer over low-medium heat for 30 min – 1 hour.

Finally, ladle the soup into bowls and serve with or without noodles. CAUTION – HOT!

OCEAN PRIME – Seaport – Boston


Seaport District, Boston, MA

~ Seafood, Steaks, Cocktails ~

Gluten-Free Menu Available






poached lobster tail, kiwi, pickled serrano pepper, masago, spicy mango puree

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sea scallops and slow braised short ribs




with whipped potatoes and champagne truffle sauce




Chophouse Corn Salad



My sister (Gluten-Free Boston and Beyond) and me


Ocean Prime Boston Gluten-Free Lunch Menu


 Disclaimer: I received lunch free of charge, with exception of gratuity, which I happily paid for the great service. I was not paid for my review and all of my opinions are my own. 

Homemade Turkey Soup

Homemade Turkey Soup Recipe


I am sharing this homemade turkey soup recipe with you. My mom usually makes this every Thanksgiving with the leftover turkey meat and it is SOOO GOOD! You can also use leftover chicken. Here it is! Enjoy 🙂


  • Cooked Turkey carcass, cut up into bite size pieces
  • 4 Large Carrots, sliced
  • 4 Medium stalks Celery, sliced
  • 1 Medium Onion, chopped
  • Dill, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • Store Bought Organic Turkey Broth (2-3 cups)
  • Water
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil or Butter
  • (Optional: add noodles or rice at the end)


  1. During Thanksgiving, do not throw away the bones, leftover drippings, skin, or giblets. Remove all the unusable turkey meat/bones. These will be used to make the stock. The good turkey meat should be in bit-sized pieces and set aside. Put the bones and rest of the unusable leftovers into a large pot with enough cold water to cover them, cover the pot, and bring it to a boil on high heat. Once boiled, simmer on low heat for 2 hours. (see Step #2) Add salt & pepper and stir occasionally. Skim off any foam and fat. Strain the stock with a fine strainer into a separate bowl.
  2. While the stock is simmering, heat another large pot over medium heat with 1 tsp. olive oil (or butter, whichever you prefer). Add the chopped carrots, onion, and celery. Cook for about 10 minutes and then add the minced garlic and dill. Add your homemade stock to the vegetables along with the store-bought turkey broth (add 2 or 3 cups of the store-bought turkey broth, depending on how much more you need). Return the good turkey meat into the soup. Simmer on low heat for 3 hours, or until vegetables are just cooked through, stirring occasionally. Add more salt & pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Del Frisco’s Grille

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This weekend I attended Blog and Tweet Boston’s lunch at Del Frisco’s Grille in Chestnut Hill.  There were about twelve other Boston bloggers there and we all had a great time.  We received excellent service and the food was fantastic.  This location opened in 2013 and is under the ownership of Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group and is slightly more casual than Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in the Seaport that I went to in March.

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Once you enter the restaurant and make your way up the staircase made out of Japanese charred wood and steel, you see an eye catching Del Frisco’s Grille sign that instantly provokes the contemporary, yet sophisticated atmosphere.  The restaurant has a modern and fun environment with a variety of seating styles including high tops, booths, traditional low tables, and bar seating. Windows up to the ceiling surround every wall letting guests have a view of Hammond Pond Reservation.  The menu is seasoned with top quality steaks, plentiful salads, appetizers to share, and creative entrees.  They use local and fresh ingredients to create inspirational dishes.



As soon as we arrived to our dining area, we were pleasantly greeted with DF’s signature cocktail, the V.I.P.  This drink is made with fresh pineapple juice and clementine vodka which is so good and refreshing.  Then we sat down to enjoy a variety of different dishes involving seafood, salads, flatbreads, and steak. Below are some pictures and descriptions of the meals we tried.

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Ahi Tuna Tacos with Tuna Tartare, Avocado, Spicy Citrus Mayo

Cheesesteak Eggrolls with Sweet & Spicy Chili Sauce, Honey Mustard


Wood Oven Baked Flatbreads

Wild Mushroom – Fontina Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Baby Arugula & Lemon Vinaigrette

Shaved Brussels Sprout – Smoked Bacon, Caramelized Onions & Mozzarella


Jumbo Lump Crabcake with Cajun Lobster Sauce

Deviled Eggs with Truffle-Chive Vinaigrette

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12 oz Filet & Crab Cake

Prime Beef Short Rib Stroganoff with Pappardelle Noodles & Crispy Onions

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Seared Asian Tuna Salad: shaved Napa cabbage, arugula, mango, avocado, almonds, tomato, chilled noodles, with a ginger-sesame dressing


Lemon Doberge Cake – Six Layers, Lemon Buttercream Icing, Lemon Glaze

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Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge, with the exception of gratuity, which we happily paid for the great service. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.


Artisana Organic Foods is a US. manufacture of raw and organic nut butters.  The company offers peanut free, dairy free, gluten free, and GMO free products and everything they make is 100% vegan. They were so kind to send me some samples of their nut butters.  I received a variety pack including coconut oil, nut butters and chocolate spreads to review on my blog.  Artisana also has recipes on their website for baking, cooking, and even making your own hair and body treatments.


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Healthy and organic butters packed with essential vitamins and minerals



Perfect for spreading on rice cakes or toast

Pecan Butter




Food Should Taste Good – Kettle Cooked Chips

Light, Flavorful, & Sweet!  Three words that come to mind when eating these chips.  Food Should Taste Good kindly sent me four different bags of their kettle cooked chips to try out and write a review.  Since I like to eat healthy and try to stay away from junk food, I liked the fact that these chips are certified organic, Non-GMO, and that I could pronounce all of the items on the list of ingredients!

Food Should Taste Good was founded in Waltham, Massachusetts in 2006.  All FSTG products are gluten-free, cholesterol free, certified kosher, and have zero grams trans fats.  I could tell by my first bite that they are made with high quality ingredients because they are so light and not greasy like other chips.

The four flavors listed below in my review are made with sweet potatoes and corn which have protein, fiber, and vitamins.  These chips have a really good crunch, are nice and light, and loaded with delicious flavors!

 Kettle Corn Tortilla Chips


Made with stone ground corn, cane sugar, and sea salt. They taste like sweet corn tortilla chips.  I brought them over to a dinner party and everyone loved them! They paired very well with the guacamole and spinach artichoke dips we made.

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Barbeque Sweet Potato Chips



Seasoned with molasses, tomato, onion, vinegar, and garlic.  Light and crispy with smoky and sweet flavors.

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Salt & Pepper Sweet Potato


The sea salt and black pepper add some spice to the chips.

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Salt & Vinegar Sweet Potato 


The sea salt and a hint of vinegar creates a sharp flavor that is not as overpowering like other salt & vinegar chips.

Disclaimer: I received this product free to sample and review for my blog. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

Jerry Remy’s

Jerry Remy’s Sport Bar & Grill

Fenway Park

Jerry Remy’s is located on 1265 Boylston St. in Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox.  They serve lunch and dinner all year round and have giant flat screen TVs to catch a game while you eat.  The roof deck, which opened in 2011, has a view of Fenway Park, a retractable roof, patio seating, and a bar.  The roof deck also has an “Alchemy & Science” bar with local craft beer lines available to try.  Jerry Remy’s is a great place to grab a beer or bite to eat after a Red Sox game.

Last week, my sister, Gluten Free Boston Girl, and I had dinner at Jerry Remy’s in Fenway Park. We were invited to try out the new Athlete’s Menu. The Athlete’s Menu was created to appeal to a more diverse group of consumers; it offers options that are gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, and vegan.  The drink list includes Redbridge gluten-free beer, cider, and “Paleotails”. Below are pictures and descriptions of our dinner.

Honey Roasted Pork Belly "Tacos"

Honey Roasted Pork Belly “Tacos”

Honey Roasted Pork Belly Tacos: Seared crisp over pico de gallo, fresh avocado, grilled pineapple, sprigs of cilantro & lime wedges. Served in a lettuce wrap. The pork was tender and flavorful. Theses are a healthy substitute for tacos and it comes with 4 lettuce wraps per order.

Honey Roasted Pork Belly "Tacos"

Honey Roasted Pork Belly “Tacos”


Kale & Crisp Apple Salad

Kale & Crisp Apple Salad

Kale & Crisp Apple Salad: Massaged kale, carrots, jicama, toasted almonds, cucumbers, avocado, celery, green onions, red peppers & lemon vinaigrette. The veggies were so fresh.  A delicious & healthy salad!

Roof Deck

Roof Deck

Flat Iron Grass-Fed Steak: Churrasco marinated & grilled, served over a healthy bed of grilled vegetables & sauced with chimichurri. Beef is pasture-raised locally in Brimfield, MA by River Rock Farm.  It’s dry-aged 28 days, all natural, hormone free & antibiotic free.  The steak was tender and perfectly seasoned with hints of mint in the chimichurri sauce.



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Redbridge Gluten-Free Beer


Paleo Bellini: All natural peach puree topped with Prosecco. Stairclimber Margarita: Tequila, fresh-squeezed lime juice, club soda, lime garnish

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Black Bean Burger

Black Bean Burger: Spicy chipotle & blackberry glazed vegetable patty, with green leaf letuce, tomato, avocado, mayonnaise, mustard corn relish & smoked cheddar. The burger had a spicy kick from the mustard corn relish. It was served on a gluten-free bun (Martin’s Potato Bread) and served with sweet potato fries and cranberry aioli.


Black Bean Burger

Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge, with the exception of gratuity, which we happily paid for the great service. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

J.P. LICKS Ice Cream

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Blogger Ice Cream Social hosted by Jessica Dennis, Gluten Free Boston Girl.

My sister, Jessica, partnered with J.P. Licks for a night of ice cream tasting and socializing with other bloggers and friends at the Beacon Hill location.   We were able to sign up through Eventbrite, a website designed to find, manage, and plan events. We learned all about J.P. Licks ice cream and the history of how it all began in 1981 in Jamaica Plain.  After the tasting, we were all given a little ice cream in any flavor we wanted. My friend, Laura, and I both LOVE Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, so we ordered that and Jess got the vegan Madagascar Vanilla Coconut. They also sell sundaes, smoothies, cakes, and pies!


I tried the soft serve Baked Apple, Peanut Butter, and Tiramisu as well as the three ice cream flavors listed below:

Baileys Chocolate Chip Cheesecake: Irish cream liquor, cheesecake ice cream, graham crackers, and chocolate chips

Cow Trax: Vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, mini peanut butter cups and chocolate chips

Leprechaun Brew: Green ice cream made with Sam Adams Beer (limited time only)

Mint Irish Lace: Green mint ice cream with bits of chocolate (gluten-free)


(Picture: Laura – LoSo Fancy & Jessica – Gluten Free Boston Girl)

J.P. Licks offers a few gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan ice cream options, and serves only Kosher certified products.  J.P. Licks began roasting their own coffee in 1999. They also sell breakfast items such as egg sandwiches, savory croissants, fruit, and baked goods. They get involved with their communities by supporting local charities, schools, and non-profit organizations.


~ Kitchen Surfing ~

Chef Sean O’Brien

My sister and I booked a chef through Kitchen Surfing to have dinner one night together after work.  Kitchen Surfing is a website where you can find a chef to cook for you in the city you live in.  You can choose to have them come into your home and give you a cooking lesson, cook for you and your guests, or just drop off a meal.  It’s very easy to do; first, request a chef, the date and time, your budget, and then work with your chef to customize a menu.

We chose Sean O’Brien because of his positive reviews and we heard he was a great chef. We suggested a few dishes that we read on his website that looked appealing to us and asked for the dinner to be gluten-free and dairy-free because of my sister’s food allergies. Chef Sean O’Brien was very accommodating and put together a delicious and healthy menu for us.

The chef arrived on time and the food was warm and ready to eat. He came in and showed us each meal and what was in it. The food was packaged neatly in separate, labeled containers. We started with the Roasted Stuffed Eggplant, then the Salmon Sliders, and finished with the Lamb. Below are more detailed descriptions of the menu items and pictures of each dish.

Mahshi Batinjaan (Roasted Stuffed Eggplant): Baby bell eggplant stuffed with a combination of onion, fresh tomato, herbs, and pine nuts, roasted and finished with butternut squash oil. The eggplant was very delicious and soft and the veggies were tender.

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Salmon Dosa Sliders: Herbed Salmon patties with brown mustard seed, carrot, fresh coriander, onion, and ginger with a mint coriander chutney.  These are usually served on fresh made Dosa cakes, but since our meal was gluten-free, he left those off.  The salmon patties were so moist and full of flavor from the Indian spices, cumin, coriander, and ginger.


Lamb Tagine: Tender lamb, slow cooked with purple carrots, sweet potato, celery root, and a blend of Mediterranean herbs and spices. So good! The lamb was cooked perfectly.  It was flavorful and very tender. The Indian flavors were subtle and not too overpowering.  There is a balance of sweetness from veggies and spice from the Mediterranean herbs.



~ Back Bay, Boston, MA ~

Douzo Sushi is a modern Japanese restaurant located in the Back Bay on 131 Dartmouth Street, right next to the T stop.  I went to Douzo on a Monday night and it was packed, which proves how good the sushi is! Douzo also has 4 stars on Yelp!  We had a dinner reservation for 4 and we were seated right away.  The staff is very attentive and friendly and they have a coat check which is convenient.  The atmosphere is modern and trendy with a lot of energy! Douzo is great for both a group of friends or for a date. The sushi hand rolls range from $4-$9 and the specialty rolls range from $9 – $17.  The quality of the food and the great service makes the menu prices worth it.  We had a great time and there were no complaints.  I highly recommend this restaurant and would go back again.

We started off with some cocktails: The Cucumber Martini, The Kentucky Mule, a Grapefruit & Orange Mocktail, and I chose the Secret Garden: A ginger martini with Domaine De Canton & ginger beer on the rocks with mint.  For appetizers we ordered the Seaweed Salad, Edamame with Spicy Garlic Sauce, and Shumai.


Summer Roll: cucumber, avocado, topped with spicy tuna & tobiko.


Torch: avocado, cucumber & spicy mayo wrapped with seared yellowtail, yuzu sauce and tobiko.


Tiger: eel & cucumber wrapped with smoked salmon, torched squid, salmon roe, & mayo.


Shrimp Tempura and Spicy Yellowtail



Chocolate Lava Cake with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream & Cherry Sauce Drizzle


Fried Bananas with Vanilla Ice Cream on a Banana Leaf


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