By Jodi Thomas
It was the dead of winter when I wrote Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe. In my study with windows on three sides, I could hear the wind howling outside as tree branches brushed the side windows.
Again and again as the story came to life in my head, I thought of a simple recipe that never fails:
Chicken Pot Pie Soup.
I keep the cans in the pantry ready whenever needed. So curl up with my new book while the slow cookers heats. About chapter six or seven take a break and have dinner. If you can’t stop, just stir the pot and read a while. The soup will be waiting.
If you read to the end… How do you feel like Chicken Soup for Breakfast?
I love writing and I love cooking maybe because I’m sharing a part of me with others. So, wherever you are, you may not be able to come to supper, but we can share the tender story of Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe.
Jodi’s Easy Chicken Pot Pie Soup
For one pot—feeds 6-8
Boil 2-3 med. Potatoes until soft.
- 1 can of chicken broth
- 1 can of cream of chicken soup (can us cream of mushrooms
- 1 cup of milk
Let it simmer for a while (15-30 min.)
- 1 can corn—can be creamed corn
- 1 can peas
- 1 can carrots
- 1 can mushrooms (I usually cook them a little in 2 T butter)
- 1 can of sliced potatoes—can skip if you’re not fond of potatoes
- 1 can of chicken (it’s bigger then the tuna cans and white meat works best) or two boiled chicken breasts (any leftover chicken works well.)
- Salt and pepper. Or spice it up if you like.
Hint: I drain all the cans and then add water if soup seems too thick.
Cook on low until boil or just put it in crockpot and forget until supper’s ready. If you’re in a hurry just dump everything in the crockpot on low in the morning and it’ll be ready for supper.
This is so easy.
Can add green beans if you like. Can cook it in oven with a thin layer of biscuits on top for the potpie look.
Piper Kate McKenzie, mayor of Honey Creek, won’t let a major scandal rip her quirky hometown apart, or jeopardize her dream of one day running for higher office. So she calls for reinforcements to find the source of corruption in the sheriff’s office—two men recommended by her Texas Ranger brothers . . .
At seventeen, Sam Cassidy left home, heeding the call to be a preacher. Later he found another mission: serving his country. After his one love died, he lost both his faith and his fight. Drifting from one assignment to another, he’s come to Honey Creek intending to earn his paycheck and move on.
As a Dallas cop, Colby Riddell has grown skeptical and wary. People have a bad habit of disappointing each other, but the job never lets him down. This job in particular—his first undercover—is too intriguing to pass up.
Piper, who’s been wondering if Honey Creek might be the only real love of her life, suddenly finds herself drawn to two very different men. And if she can keep her town—and her heart—from going completely off the rails, there may be a sweet, unexpected future in store . . .