The other night required some special Man Food at the Diner. The Chargers had a night game, their previous month’s results had been dastardly dreadful and HH needed a pick-up. So I dug through the recipe book and came up with some simple homemade goodness, Holly’s Diner-style of course.
When HH called to say he was on the way to the Diner, he wanted to know what was being served for such an important night. Man Food and freshly baked bread, I responded.
What he didn’t know was that I had found the before-Holly recipe that he had of “One Pot Creamy Chicken and Noodles” that was about 12 years old, well seasoned and I’m sure he used to make for himself when dinner was up to him.
When he arrived at the Diner on this particular evening, he saw that the Man Food was in progress but looked nothing like any Man Food he was apparently imagining, especially when he saw a mound of grated cheddar cheese sitting, waiting. He really questioned what I was calling Man Food, and when I whipped out this recipe that called for canned chicken and bouillon cubes, it all came back to him. It would be a good night for a man. What was different was that the bouillon cubes were replaced with organic chicken broth, and the canned chicken was replaced with smoked turkey (another opportunity for leftover Thanksgiving turkey.)
HH was still a bit skeptical about the freshly baked bread I was “selling,” but after biting into the warm, buttery Pillsbury loaf(especially after my recent bread attempt), all was good with the world. And look, it's a dinner in a bowl as well! Cool!
The Chargers won this night, by the way.
So the moral of the story, sometimes simple homemade goodness in a Holly’s Diner-style way is all it takes to set the karma right in the world – and assure a Chargers win.
One Pot Creamy Chicken and Noodles – Holly’s Diner-style
3 cups chicken broth (organic if you have it)
8 oz egg noodles
1 cup mixed veggies (peas & carrots worked good, I used frozen)
½ cup chopped onions
1 – 10.5 oz can cream of chicken (or mushroom, if you prefer)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup milk
2 – 5 oz cans chuck chicken, flaked (or what smoked turkey you have stored in a sandwich sized ziplock bag)
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
In medium saucepan, bring broth to a boil. Stir in uncooked noodles. Cover, simmer for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add vegetables and onion. Cover, simmer for five minutes, or until noodles are tender and most liquid is absorbed. Add soup, cheese and milk, mix well. Stir in chicken and pepper. Heat through, serve.