It’s cold season! This year, a particularly nasty cold got passed through my entire family, from my Mom to my Dad to my brother to my sister and then finally to me! And while I suffered through an intense cough and runny nose and throat tickle and general sense of awful-ness, I comforted myself through the best possible remedy: food!
So if you’re in cold-season hell, here are my recommendations for the best cold-busting recipes to try this season.
Listen, there’s a reason this is called Jewish Penicillin. I honestly think doctors should start prescribing it along with bed rest and fluids. It’s delicious, it’s hearty, it’s heaven in a bowl. Whenever I wonder how my ancestors survived miserable winters in Poland/Russia, I remember they had this soup.
In any case, this is my mom’s recipe, so it’s obviously perfect, but you can adjust it to your own taste buds
4 Chicken Thighs (if you like eating boiled chicken, like I do. Otherwise, you can just use chicken bones/carcasses)
2 Whole onions
5 cloves of whole peeled garlic
1 chunked turnip
2 stalks of celery
Literally just as much dill as can fit in the pot
Water to fill pot
Salt and Pepper to taste
Put everything except for the dill, water, and salt/pepper in a giant pot. Pour enough water to mostly fill up your pot. Put all the dill on top. Boil, then cover and let simmer for 4-6 hours. Let cool slightly. Remove dill. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove ingredients you don’t want to eat and serve the rest. Anything you don’t eat can be frozen for several months. Call your Bubbe and thank her.
Honey Lemon Water
Boil some water, pour it into a mug, and squeeze in the juice of about half of a lemon. Stir in about two tablespoons of honey, depending on your taste preferences. The hot water will clear your sinuses. The lemon will boost your immune system. And the honey will soothe your aching throat. If you can stand it, add a little ginger too, because that will help calm your stomach.
Homemade Fruit Pops
Trust me on this one, a popsicle is an excellent thing to have when a) your stomach is kind of funky, b) your throat kind of hurts, or c) all of the above. Here’s what you do:
Blend together some of your favorite fruits (I recommend berries of all kinds, but almost any fruit will work, except for most citrusy ones), some plain yogurt, and a little bit of honey. Pour your mixture into empty ice cube trays or empty egg cartons (that can hold liquid well, so probably not a cardboard one). Let freeze for about an hour, then stick the popsicle sticks in. Then freeze them for another two-three hours, or until solid. Voila!