06 February 2012

It's time again to reveal our picks for the Secret Recipe Club.   The Secret Recipe Club is a group of food bloggers who secretly make one of someone else's dishes and post them all on the same day at the same time.  It's really fun, choosing a recipe to make, making the recipe, then reading about everyone else's recipes.  It's a great way to "meet" other bloggers and check out some great blogs that you never knew about before.

Secret Recipe Club

I was very pleased to be assigned Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts this month.  I have been reading Erin's blog for quite a while now, so I was pretty familiar with it and knew I would have a ton of great recipes to choose from.  I had a really hard time narrowing it down! She has tons of drool-worthy desserts, like Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies and Cookie Dough Truffles.  I bookmarked several main dish recipes too, Taco Pizza, Spicy Asian Noodles with Chicken, and Chicken Burrito Pizza.  In fact, I was so indecisive, that I ended up making two of Erin's recipes this month.  I made her Smokey Garlic Chicken Pasta, which is amazing!  My family couldn't get enough.  Even though we are having a very mild winter here in Michigan, I am still in soup mode, so I chose her Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup for the reveal.

Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

¼ cup butter
½ large onion, chopped
1 cup matchstick carrots
½ cup flour
6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
3½ cups wild rice, cooked
2 cups chicken, cooked and chopped or shredded
Salt, to taste
12 oz. evaporated milk

Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium heat.  Sauté onion and carrot in the butter until soft and tender, about 5 minutes.  Stir in flour until blended.  Slowly add broth.  Stir in rice and chicken.  Bring to boil over medium heat.  Cook for a few minutes until it starts to thicken.  Stir in milk and cook for 3-5 minutes.  Taste for seasoning and add salt if desired. 

Makes 8 servings.

I made just a few adjustments to Erin's original recipe.  I used matchstick carrots instead of chopped, just because I love the convenience of them.  I omitted the celery because we are not big fans.  I used a wild rice blend instead of just wild rice.  The blend was so much cheaper at the grocery store, and I thought the textures of the different kinds of rice would be really good.  The blend that I used contained long grain brown rice, sweet brown rice, wild rice, whole grain Wehani rice, and whole grain Black Japonica rice.  It was really tasty!

This soup is so delicious and perfect for a winter day.  I made it the weekend my mom was visiting and she loved it, and I sent some home to my sister and she enjoyed it too.  I will definitely be making this soup again.  I'm always thrilled to add a new soup to my repertoire, so thanks for the great recipe, Erin!

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  1. Lesa, this sounds wonderful, Love Erin's blog also but I must have missed this. And using evaporated milk instead of milk or cream, can't wait to try this. Pinning. 

  2. Funny we got each others blogs!  I had a great time going through your site!!  Glad you liked the soup, it has been one of our favorites!

  3. A perfect soup for ANYTIME.  Looks absolutely wonderful.  

  4. What a super easy recipe. Great choice!

  5. We're not having much of a winter here in Atlanta either but I too have been craving soup and this one looks delicious.

    Lisa~~Cook Lisa Cook

  6. This looks wonderful! I love chicken and rice soup - so tasty! :)

  7. Yum, I am so wishing for a cold snap, it feels like spring here as I sip iced tea and wish for snow!  But this soup looks like it would be good year round!

  8. I love chicken soup in the wintertime, and this version sounds like it would be a wonderful change from the usual.  Love the idea of adding a wild rice blend!

  9. man! i am in love with soup right now :) i just made a homemade chicken noodle soup but i'll get on this one next week. looks good!

  10. This looks absolutely delicious! I am definitely still in soup mode and can't wait to try this :-)

  11. This really sounds good! I love soups and chicken is one of my faves, so this is right up my alley!

  12. Oh how wonderful that you got Erin. She is a class act, love that girl. You chose such a great recipe too. Her blog is so packed with wonderful recipes it must be hard to narrow it down. You did a lovely job on this.

  13. LOVE creamy soups and this one looks so comforting.  AND delicious.  Good choice.

  14. So creamy and perfect for a winter meal!  Love the simplicity of it too :)

  15. I just happen to have some wild rice in the pantry and it is pretty chilly out.  Seems like a perfect soup.

  16. better late than never, right?  I must tell you that we made this soup to take to our church's soup supper on Ash Wednesday.  People went nuts over it - my husband made a big pot, and almost all of it was gone....which led me to have some unkind thoughts about the fact I wouldn't have it to take in my lunches the rest of the week.   : )
    We have already shared the recipe with several folks at church.  Thank you for a superb meal!

  17. Oh wow! I'm so glad you and your church liked this soup! Even though you didn't have any leftovers for lunch, there's nothing better than bringing home an empty pot or dish after a potluck! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know what you thought of this recipe. I appreciate it!