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Grandmother's Chicken Soup

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“Angela!” my grandma called, “I have surprise for you! It’s your own tomato plant!” My grandma handed me the pot filled with black/brown soil. I took a look at it, although it had no stem, I knew that with my tender, loving care it could turn out to be a beautiful tomato plant. From that moment on, my grandma has taught me how to take care of my plant, how to nurture it, to care for it, and to pick the fruit when I thought it was ready. Although I didn’t have any other plants of my own, my family still grew lettuce, zucchini, sugar snap peas and cucumber. My family also taught me to nurture the other plants too.

I really have not met anyone that does not know how to take care of plants, so, that means it is really simple when you get used to it. Here are some steps…

1.) You have to make sure to water your plants every day, but you must check all of the plants to know if they are dry or not.

2.) You have to make sure, with any type of plant, that you keep it in the sunlight, but if you keep it there and you don’t water it, they will shrivel up and they will die.

3.) When you start to see green tomatoes then you are doing good, and after a while they turn red and when they do, go to the tomato plant and gently squeeze the tomato. If it is really hard then let it stay on, if it is really soft and squishy then pick it off and throw it out. But if it is firm but still a little soft, then gently pull it off the stem and it is ready to eat.

My family has grown so many different foods over the years like tomatoes, lettuce, zucchini, snap peas and an orange tree. With all of our ingredients we made a chicken soup with the whole family. That is when I really started to love chicken soup. Since I was the youngest in my family, I will always have members of my family to teach me different things so that was a very good advantage. Plus, because my siblings have gone in the same grades and the same school as me they can help me understand more and they could help me know what is coming. One of those things that they taught me was gardening. I have had so many different people in my family tell me their way of gardening and they were always different. But, I got a very good understanding about different things to worry about, which was also very good.

Although I do know how to plant and take care of other plants, I think the best plant that I work with is the tomato plant. I think this is the easiest because that was my first plant given to me and I think I got used to it the most. I was around 4 in 2005 when I received the plant from my grandma. So that was a very young age and I knew I was really little so when my grandma gave it to me, I was surprised that she trusted me with a living thing. So I think that was the big point when my grandma and I became really close.

So I have a special connection to gardens because my grandma taught me how to take care of different veggies, which veggies we grew, and how to take care of my own tomato plant. But the real master piece is the chicken soup; my grandma has been cooking that same recipe and has never changed it since. Now, almost every Sunday, we see each other and for dinner we have, well a lot of things, but we always have chicken soup as the main dish.

Submitted by: "Angela B."

Ingredients You'll Need

2 chicken legs
1 teaspoon of salt
3 carrots
2 celery sticks
1 onion
2 ripe tomatoes or ¼ cup of tomato sauce


1. Fill half of the pot with water and put it up to boil at the highest setting

2. Add the chicken legs

3. After the water boils and suds form at the top of the water, take a spoon and scrap off as much as possible

4. Peel and chop the carrots. When done, add in the soup

5. Chop up the celery and add it to the soup

6. Chop up the tomatoes or ¼ of a cup of tomato sauce. When done, add it to the soup

7. Chop up the onion and add it in the soup

8. Add 1 teaspoon of salt

9. Add pepper as needed

Source: Grandmother's recipe

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