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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

I have geeky housewife dreams. Once I dreamed that I dusted a table, and turned around only to find it dusty again. A few weeks ago I dreamed that all the avocados on sale at the store were gone. Last night I dreamed that I thawed out a chicken, but then forgot what I was supposed to use it for, so I re-froze it (which obviously you should never do). But then, I was bummed because I remembered I wanted to make chicken soup with it. I know, my life is pretty exciting. I dreamed about the chicken because so many people I know are getting the swine flu, and I’ve been meaning to make a batch of chicken soup and freeze it for when we get hit with a seasonal illness.

I know it is cliche that chicken soup cures colds, but it has been scientifically proven to have healing properties. Recent studies have shown that while it may not prevent illness, it can provide relief. Chicken contains cysteine, an amino acid, which is released when the chicken cooks. According to an article on www.sixwise.com, “This amino acid is similar to the drug acetylcysteine, which is prescribed by doctors [continue reading…]