When Sam and I started dating and would go to family gatherings he would say " I have never seen so much food and all y'all do is eat and talk about what the next meal is going to be."
My mom is the queen of this! She is an outstanding cook and we love cooking together. Her two favorite flavor additives are boullion and butter. I do love and use tons of butter but the bouillon has a mile long list of ingredients that aren't at all natural.
Anyway something that I have started doing this year is making bone broth instead of using bouillon. It is so easy and makes my house smell so good! Weird I know!
So I mainly make beef broth but chicken would be so easy and delicious too!
I have found a great old German meat market in Fredericksburg that sells marrow bones for fifty cents a pound!! Cheap deliciousness! Or for chicken all you need is a whole bird.
I add bay leaf, garlic, onion, celery, and carrot to add great depth of flavor to the broth.
So how hard could it be to fill a big pot full of bones, veggies, herbs and water and let simmer for a day or two? Easy breezy!
Here is my bone broth I started last night I will take it off in the morning. It's great to use for the base in anything you would cook in water, boil, thin etc. It's even great to just drink. The minerals found in the bones leech into the broth making it one of the most deeply nourishing foods we can make.
Make it once, use it lots or freeze in quart measurements and use when you need it.
2 T Vinegar
2 - 4 pounds of bones
2 celery stalks
4 garlic cloves (I usually add a whole pod but I like garlic)
2 bay leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients and add water to fill the pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling turn to lowest setting and let summer for 12-48 hours. Use immediately as a base for soup or store in the fridge for a week. To store for longer than a week store in freezer bags and freeze for up to a year.