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Cold or Flu?

Bea Louis

I am battling a cold. I have sniffles, a runny nose, and there is a little bit of body aching going on. I don’t have time to be sick. I’ve got things to do, so I started with the Robitussin and the hot tea. I found out they are giving free Flu shots at my job today. Do I take it or not? That’s always a dilemma for me. Some people swear by them while others say the shot made them sick. So, I ask myself each year, should I, or shouldn’t I? The last time I took a flu shot was about 3 years ago. I was in my doctor’s office for a regular checkup and they wrestled me to the ground and forced me to take the shot. Okay, not really, but I think they would have blocked the door if I had tried to leave! I didn’t get the flu that year, but I haven’t gotten it any year since then either. So, flu shot yay or nay?

Regardless of whether I have the flu or a cold, I’m making chicken soup. I read somewhere (on the all-knowing internet of course) that chicken soup really does help with a cold. Therefore, I’m making my favorite chicken soup recipe this evening. Can you believe I make it from scratch? This is my favorite recipe:

1-pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts

1 cup carrots

½ cup chopped onions

½ cup chopped celery

1 tablespoon butter

32 ounces chicken broth

16 ounces vegetable broth

1 32-ounce bag egg noodles

Salt and Pepper to taste

½ teaspoon dried Basil

½ teaspoon Garlic powder

½ teaspoon Red pepper flakes

I boil my chicken until it is cooked through and let it cool. I then cut it into ¼ inch pieces. I cook the onions and celery in the butter until tender. I then put all the ingredients together in a big pot, bring them to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the noodles are tender. It is muy delicioso! I feel better already! Cold or Flu = Chicken Soup!

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