It was a dark and stormy evening. Mama Bear was home from feeding the babies in the enchanted forest. She was very cold and wrapped up tight in a blanket. All she wanted to do was to take a long Winters nap. Sitting in her chair, she realized she wasn’t cold from the approaching storm, but she was coming down with a fever. So she stayed bundled up and tried to feel better, but the pending gloom wore on. Nothing worse then a mama bear getting sick.
Papa Bear came home from work with his usual colossal appetite, but there was no dinner on the table. With Mama Bear under the weather, it was a fend for yourself kind of night.
The next morning, Mama Bear still had the fever ravaging her body. She couldn’t get up to go feed the babies in the forest this particular morning. She was weak and weary, and it was all she could do to get Baby Bear to school. But she managed the short drive, then came home to sleep. A few short hours later, the phone rang. It was baby bear. She had a fever and needed to be picked up. “Oh the duties of motherhood“ Mama Bear thought as she dragged her tired, aching body up and to the car.
Upon returning to the den, Baby Bear was fussy, not happy that she didn’t get to play on one of her new wood swing sets out in the rain. Both bears went straight to bed.
Papa Bear returned home from work that night and again, no dinner on the table. So he fixed himself a bowl of cold porrage and settled in his chair for the evening.
The next day, the fever broke and Mama Bear, while still not feeling good, was able to get up. With responsibility heavily weighting on her shoulders, she went out to the forest and fed the babies. Upon her return home, she wanted to whipped up a pot of soup. Being that Papa Bear loved her Chicken Marsala Recipe, she selected a Chicken Marsala Soup recipe that had caught her eye,
She had no energy for fussy, or complicated. She wanted something easy and delicious. Something warm to fill their tummy, and soothe their soul.
She took out a couple of cans of white beans out of the cupboard and well as a can of tomatoes and chicken stock. She had some boneless, skinless chicken thighs that she browned for 2 minutes on each side, and dumped in her other ingredients along with some seasoning. She threw the whole pot in the oven as she went back to her chair to rest. She didn’t have to pay any attention to it and that was just right with her.
It was only suppose to cook for 40 minutes, but Mama Bear fell asleep. When she woke up and took the pot out of the oven 70 minutes later, it was perfect. “Nothing better then a forgiving recipe” Mama Bear thought. She ladle up a few servings for baby bear and herself and they sat down to a meal that did everything it was suppose to do. It made them both feel better. Baby Bear even declared it to be as good as her favorite Chicken Taco Soup! That made Mama Bear smile and warmed her heart. They were on the road to recovery!
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Chicken Marsala Soup
recipe from What’s Cookin’ Italian Style Cuisine
8 piece Boneless Chicken, Thigh – Skinless
2 teaspoons oil
2 cans Cannellini Beans, Rinsed
2 Whole Bay Leaves
1 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper, Black
1 (28oz) can Diced Tomatoes
1/2 cup Marsala wine
4 cups Chicken Broth
1/2 tbsp Rosemary, Fresh
3 cloves Fresh Garlic
1/2 teaspoon, oregano,
1/2 teaspoons basil
1/2 garlic powder
pinch of cayenne
1/4 grated romano cheese
In a large oven proof saucepot, add oil.
Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to pan. Cook 2 min on each side or until browned.
Add drained beans, tomatoes, wine, broth and seasonings.
Bake 350 degrees for 40 min, stir in cheese.
Note: I forgot to stir in the cheese an just sprinkled some on top.Print This Recipe