MAR
30

Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup {giveaway}

Main Dish, Poultry, Soup and Stew | 195 comments

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Kate!

Eric has had really bad luck this month with getting sick. After the second round hit I knew it was time for some soup. Rather than a traditional Chicken Noodle Soup recipe I decided to make a Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup because it felt a little more spring-like and perfect for those darn springtime sniffles.

lemon chicken soup

Unfortunately for Eric is was more than a case of the sniffles. He was sick the entire weekend (Friday-Sunday) with high fever, sniffles, and bad cough. Then he was fine during the week, only to catch the same thing again the following weekend. Only this time it was worse.

These days I start any recipe with shredded chicken in the pressure cooker, similar to this Crock Pot or Pressure Cooker Mexican Chicken. You can also use a crock-pot but that require more time and some planning ahead.

I love how pressure cookers allow me to speed things up in the kitchen. (Related: Review of the Kuhn Rikon Pressure Cooker). When I’m really in a rush, I don’t thaw the chicken breast first, I just put it frozen in the pressure cooker and add about 5-10 minutes to the cook time.

oyster crackers

I know some people find pressure cookers intimidating so I thought I’d share a couple of quick tips for first-time users:

Pressure Cooker Tips

Don’t Overfill the Cooker

Pressure Cookers typically come with marks on the inside indicating 1/2 and 2/3 full markings. Because foods expand when cooked, pressure cookers should be fill at most 1/2 full for foods and 2/3 full for liquids.

Recipe Liquids

Pressure Cookers require less liquid than traditional recipes because less liquid evaporates, but you will never want to use less liquid that recommended in a recipe built specifically for pressure cookers.

Heat Level

The trickiest part of pressure cooker cooking for me is the heat level. It takes a few times to know what temperature range you want your stove on to maintain the pressure required in your recipe.

If the pressure builds too high, simply turn the heat down. Newer models typically have built in safety mechanisms to auto-release steam so you don’t have to worry about explosive pressure cookers but you don’t want to over-cook your food.

Likewise, if you need the pressure to be higher just turn the heat up.

Cook Time

For recipes like this shredded chicken, begin by bringing the mixture to a boil without the lid on. Then, secure the lid and bring the cooker to the proper pressure (whatever the recipe calls for). Don’t start the cook time until you’ve achieved that pressure.

Releasing Pressure

Be careful when you are opening your cooker after cooking. Please make sure that the pressure has been completely released before opening it.

On my cooker it takes about 10 minutes for the pressure to release by itself (i.e. just sitting there off of the burner) before it is safe to open it,  however models may vary. My cooker also has a fast release button if I need to speed things up.

A good rule of thumb is if the lid gives you resistance when you try to open it: it is not ready yet, there is still a build up of pressure inside. Additionally, be sure to tilt the lid away from your face as there will be steam escaping when you open the lid.

lemon chicken soup with spinach and orzo

This Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup with Spinach was a nice change from the typical hearty tasting Chicken Noodle Soup. It tasted light and springy. Just because winter is over (or almost…), doesn’t mean you won’t still want soup once in a while.

Westminster Cracker has a fun giveaway for you so read on after the recipe for the rules and prize information. I don’t normally buy oyster crackers, but these were really good and Madeline loved them for snacking on.

Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup

serves 4 - 6

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Ingredients:

For the Chicken:
1 lb. chicken (I like boneless, skinless breasts)
1 stalk celery, cut into thirds
half of a lemon, sliced
handful of fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
2 bay leaves
3 sprigs thyme
1 cup water
1/2 cup chicken broth

For the soup:

1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup white wine
3 carrots, sliced into rounds
6 cups chicken broth
1/2 - 3/4 cup orzo pasta, uncooked
3 egg yolks
2 - 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
1 1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme
2 - 3 large handfuls of fresh baby spinach, chopped

Directions:

For the chicken:
Combine all the ingredients in a 5 liter pressure cooker. If the chicken is frozen, that is okay. Bring the mixture to a boil. Secure the lid and bring to high pressure. Once high pressure is achieved, cook for 20 minutes (for thawed) or 30 minutes (for frozen chicken).

Remove from heat and let pressure release completely before opening the lid. Let the chicken cool until it is cool enough to handle. Shred and set aside.

For the Soup:

Add 1 tablespoon of olive or canola oil in a large dutch oven. Saute the onion over medium-high heat until golden and tender. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute more.

Add the white wine and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the broth and carrot. Bring to a boil. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks and lemon together. Add 1 cup of hot broth from the dutch oven very slowly to the egg yolk mixture, whisking as you pour. Then, transfer the mixture to the dutch oven. Stir in the orzo and chicken.

Continue cooking over medium-low until the pasta and carrots are tender. Just before serving, season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the thyme, parsley, and spinach. Serve immediately.

Before you enter the giveaway PLEASE read the rules.

Giveaway Prize (1 winner):

sur la table giveaway

Prize provided by Westminster Crackers.

Giveaway Requirements:

  • Head over to Westminster Cracker, take a look around and tell me something you like about their products.
  • You may NOT enter using multiple email addresses. Automatic disqualification.
  • Additional entries must leave a separate comment.
  • Contest ends April 6, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • Contest open to US States only.
  • Winner will be chosen via random.org and will have 3 days to respond before disqualified and a new winner chosen.

Extra Entries:

Additional entries can be earned by doing any of the following, giving you a total of 6 entries. Leave a separate comment for each of your entries.

1. Follow Westminster Cracker on Twitter and ReTweet the following message: Win a @westmincrackers and @sur_la_table soup gift basket over at @goodlifeeats http://su.pr/1saZXp #giveaway

2. Become a fan of GoodLife Eats on Facebook.

3. Become a fan of Westminster Cracker on Facebook.

4. Share the link for this giveaway on your wall via Facebook and tag @goodLife {eats} in your message. (winner will need to verify). Link: http://su.pr/1saZXp

5. Give one of the following posts a Stumble using Stumble Upon, then leave a comment here telling me which post you stumbled.

 

Katie

About the Author:

Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    amy - March 30, 2011 @ 6:20 am

    I love these crackers – I especially love that they contain only 7 ingredients, all of which I can pronounce and probably have in my pantry! So awesome!!

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    Alicia - March 30, 2011 @ 6:41 am

    I love that its the same recipe for years!

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    Alicia - March 30, 2011 @ 6:42 am

    I like good life eats on Facebook

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    SandyN - March 30, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    I like the fact that they are made with all-natural ingredients!

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    SandyN - March 30, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    I’m a fan of GLE on facebook.

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    Lindsay@Brownies For Brunch - March 30, 2011 @ 6:48 am

    I could eat a whole thing of those crackers…yum!

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    Lindsay@Brownies For Brunch - March 30, 2011 @ 6:48 am

    I’m a fan on FB :-)

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    Sarah L - March 30, 2011 @ 6:54 am

    I LOVE that these bags come in multiples in boxes! I hate to buy Oyster crackers because they go bad before I have a chance to use them all :)

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    Sarah L - March 30, 2011 @ 6:56 am

    I tweeted the giveaway and follow Westminster Cracker on Twitter

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    Sarah L - March 30, 2011 @ 6:56 am

    I already follow GLE on Facebook :)

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    Sarah L - March 30, 2011 @ 6:57 am

    I now like Westminster Crackers on FB

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    Rachael - March 30, 2011 @ 7:07 am

    I already follow you on FB.

    I was wondering is there is an alternative for cooking the chicken if you dont have a pressure cooker? I have a crock pot. Could i use that somehow or maybe just cook the chicken differently all together?

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    • gail replied: — September 8th, 2011 @ 7:17 PM

      I also do not have a pressure cooker. I do have a crock pot but that would take too long. I put the all the same ingredients for the chicken (minus the thyme which I did not have) in a medium size pot. I cooked it on medium for about 20 minutes – covered). Took off cover and when it was cool I shredded the chicken. I strained the cooking broth and used it as part of the 6 cups of chicken stock for the soup.; So very good.

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    Maria - March 30, 2011 @ 7:18 am

    I actually like that they have a limited product line — they only do a few products, but I bet they do them very well! Thanks for the giveaway; those soup bowls are awesome.

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    Maria - March 30, 2011 @ 7:22 am

    I’m a fan of GLE on facebook

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    Shauna - March 30, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    Does the chicken NEED to be cooked in a pressure cooker?

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    • Katie

      Katie replied: — March 30th, 2011 @ 12:16 PM

      No, that is just how I choose to prepare it. Feel free to use whatever chicken and method you prefer.

  • 16
    JulieD - March 30, 2011 @ 7:25 am

    Katie, thanks for all of the pressure cooker advice. I have been wanting to get one & was unsure of a lot of things.

    I visited the Westminster site and love that their crackers have no trans fat and NO preservatives!

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    Tamara - March 30, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    I didn’t recognize the company name, but when I went over to their site and saw the packaging, I remembered. They do the crackers at Cracker Barrell. I love their simple saltines. Yum!

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    JulieD - March 30, 2011 @ 7:33 am

    I followed Westminster Crackers on twitter & tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/TheLittleKitchn/status/53087330365476864

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    JulieD - March 30, 2011 @ 7:33 am

    I am already a fan of good life eats on fb.

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  • 20
    Kristin - March 30, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    Love oyster crackers in my soup, and I wasn’t familiar with Westminster until I saw the little bags, which I’ve had in restaurants. I love that they sell them in individual bags – portion control! (and freshness) Off to find out where they sell them near me…

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  • 21
    Kristin - March 30, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    I’m already a fan of GLE on Facebook.

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    Lauren W - March 30, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    I love that they are all natural, a great snack for the kids with no hidden surprises in them!

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    Lauren W - March 30, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    I’m a FB fan!

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  • 24
    Jennifer N. - March 30, 2011 @ 8:41 am

    I love oyster crackers!

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    aubreylaine - March 30, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    They are all natural! :)
    aubreyfick@yahoo.com

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    andria - March 30, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    I love that there are smaller bags within each box!

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    Sylvia - March 30, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    Oyster crackers are my favorite!

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    Julie - March 30, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    Their limited, quality product line. Crackers are a great addition to my favorite food-soup!

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    Julie - March 30, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    I’m a fan of GLE on FB!

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    Heather Spooner - March 30, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    I like Westminster oyster crackers. They’re also great snacks for my kids. They call them Baby Crackers.

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    Liz - March 30, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    Oh, these are the salad crackers at Cracker Barrel! They are SO good.

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    Liz - March 30, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    I’m your fan on facebook

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    Chrissy Kincaid - March 30, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    The loyalty of those who’ve eaten these dainty little morsels speaks highly of the product.

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    Chris M. - March 30, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    I like the no sugar. Thanks!

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    Melis - March 30, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    I like that they are all natural and have no sugar!

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    Kadee - March 30, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

    I really liked the back story on the cracker company, and that they still use the image of the building they started in on their label. :)

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    Kadee - March 30, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

    I also follow Goodlife Eats on Facebook.

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    Kristy - March 30, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    I would like to try the All-Natural Old Fashioned Round Crackers, they look great!

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    Denise - March 30, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    I like the soup and chowder crackers. They are yummy. I love using my pressure cooker to make soups. It makes it so easy.

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    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies - March 30, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

    Katie, thanks for all the pressure cooker tips. I don’t feel nearly so intimidated now.

    As for Westminster Crackers, a friend brought me a box of them a few months ago as a hostess gift (part of a basket she made just for li’l ol’ me) and I fell. in. love.

    The rounds tasted just like my favorite soda cracker – something I had only just recently given up after realizing it had high fructose corn syrup in it. I’ve been on the lookout for Westminster Crackers ever since. No HFCS? I LOVE IT.

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    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies - March 30, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

    I already follow Westminster Crackers on Twitter, and I tweeted the required phrase.

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    Kristen - March 30, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    I’m addicted to those Westminster crackers… love love love them! This soup looks lovely, Katie.

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    Keri Grant - March 30, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    I think the history of the crackers is awesome! I think that the Bakery Tour they offer on their website was neat! I enjoyed seeing the ins and outs.

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    Keri Grant - March 30, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    I became a fan of W.C. on facebook!!

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    Keri Grant - March 30, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

    I became a fan on facebook of goodlife!

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    Keri Grant - March 30, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

    I hope i “stumbled” right on the Buttermilk Tips. I posted a comment there as well

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  • 47
    Adrienne - March 30, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    We don’t have Westminster Crackers in our area, but would love to try them. I am always a fan of Oyster crackers!

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    Adrienne - March 30, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    I follow GoodLife Eats on FB

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    Heather Joy - March 30, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

    I love the fact that their crackers are all natural and free of preservatives. They look really wholesome, I’d love to try these.

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    Kathy - Panini Happy - March 30, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    I appreciate that the crackers are made without preservatives.

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    Allison C - March 30, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

    I love the All-Natural Old Fashioned Round Crackers! They are my go-to cracker!

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    Allison C - March 30, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

    I like GLE on FB (under same name gmail account)

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    Julie - March 30, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    Love that they are trans fat free

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    Alejandra - March 30, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

    I love that they bake every batch fresh with only seven all-natural ingredients!!! They sound pretty great.

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    Lauren O. - March 30, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

    I love that the crackers contain only 7 ingredients, all of which I can pronounce and probably have in my pantry!

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    Lauren O. - March 30, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

    I like good life eats on facebook

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  • 57
    Natalie Call - March 30, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

    I love how thick the crackers are! Yum!

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    Lynda - March 30, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

    i like how they are made from natural ingredients (7 only!)

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    Lynda - March 30, 2011 @ 8:15 pm
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    Lynda - March 30, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

    like goodLife {eats} on fb!

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    Lynda - March 30, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

    i like Westminster Cracker Company on fb!

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  • 62
    Tracy - March 30, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

    This soup sounds absolutely lovely! I can’t wait to try it!

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  • 63
    jacquie - March 30, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

    i love, love, love these crackers and unfortunately can not find them locally anymore.

    so i’m going to be shameless and leave a comment in hopes of winning. and at the same time i will “fess up” and admit to having just won some of them from another site that had a similar give-away. so …. if you feel it would most fair to not include me as a participant i would totally understand and please just delete me from the running.

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  • 64
    Domanique - March 30, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

    I love that they are low soduim… I eat a ton of the stuff and hubs and I are trying to cut down…

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    Angela - March 31, 2011 @ 2:09 am

    7 THINGS! are my favorite, LOW or NO bad stuff…-

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    Angela - March 31, 2011 @ 2:11 am

    became a fan of Westminster on Facebook.

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    Leslie M.P. - March 31, 2011 @ 4:53 am

    Those crackers look good. I’ve never tried them before. I looked and they don’t sell them around here. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    DarcyO - March 31, 2011 @ 5:28 am

    I like that they’re free of trans fats and that they’re low fat and low sodium.

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    DarcyO - March 31, 2011 @ 5:29 am

    I’m a Facebook fan.

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    Sukaina - March 31, 2011 @ 5:58 am

    Delicious soup. I’m surprised the pressure cooker isn’t featured in Western cookign so much. It’s such a staple in Inidan food cooking!

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    Darcie - March 31, 2011 @ 6:51 am

    I like that they are all natural ingredients!

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    Megan Campbell - March 31, 2011 @ 7:03 am

    I like that they are all natural and contain no preservatives!
    meggs
    urbakinmecrazyy@aol.com
    urbakinmecrazyy.blogspot.com

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    Megan Campbell - March 31, 2011 @ 7:05 am

    I’m a facebook fan of good life eats!

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    Megan Campbell - March 31, 2011 @ 7:05 am

    I’m a facebook fan of westmister crackers!

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    Aoril V - March 31, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    I love that its made with all natural ingredients!!

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    Aoril V - March 31, 2011 @ 7:20 am

    FB fan of WC.

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    Deborah - March 31, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    Oyster crackers! Yum!

    Deborah
    Homemaker Honey

    homemakerhoney.com

    homemakerhoney @ gmail . com

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    Caroline K - March 31, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    I am a fan of GoodLife Eats on facebook!

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    Caroline K - March 31, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    I like that they use all natural ingredients.

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    Caroline K - March 31, 2011 @ 7:53 am

    I “stumbled upon” the caramel pecan brioche rolls.

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    Valerie - March 31, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    I’m loving the ‘all natural’ ingredients!

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    sharon - March 31, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    love that they are low sodium, made without trans fats and few ingredients

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    sharon - March 31, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    fb fan of good eats

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    sharon - March 31, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    fb fan of westminster

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    Jeanne - March 31, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    I like that they trans fat free and low in fat/salt. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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    Melissa Earnest - March 31, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    I LOVE Westminster Crackers. They are the only crackers we will put in soup. We now have to drive a half hour to find a supermarket that carries them but it is worth the trip! We get the regular box for at home and the individual pack box to have crackers to take to work. Mmm.

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    katherine inskeep - March 31, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    I love that they are healthy. My daughter would love that they are bite sized and can travel.

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    Natalie - March 31, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    Only 7 ingredients! That’s amazing. Love it!

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    Natalie - March 31, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    fb fan!

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    Sharon Warner - March 31, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    I love Westminister Crackers! I first tasted them at Cracker Barrel….They are yummy.
    The soup looks yummy too. I will try it.

    Would love to win this giveaway…just for the crackers all the other things are a bonus!!!

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  • 91
    Christa - March 31, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

    love how thier crackers are all natural, I buy them for my girls to snack on an eat in their soup

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    Reynaul D. - March 31, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

    I don’t normally buy oyster crackers often either, but I like the fact that the crackers only have 7 ingredients in them!

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    Rita - March 31, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

    I love that they are all natural and packaged in small bags.

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    Janssen - March 31, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    I like the fact that I can easily find the nutritional info and ingredients. Makes me crazy when they are impossible to track down – makes me a think a company is hiding transfat and HFCS in their products!

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    Chriseda Crow - March 31, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    Love the simple ingredients list. We eat a lot of crackers and cheese – a favorite snack.

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    Chriseda Crow - March 31, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    like Goodlifeeasts on facebook

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    Chriseda Crow - March 31, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    like Wstminster Crackers on facebook

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    Chriseda Crow - March 31, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

    Shared Lemon Chicken Orzo soup on FB

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    Brooke - March 31, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

    I ‘like’ goodLife {eats} on Facebook :)

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    kate@ahealthypassion - March 31, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

    I like goodlife eats on facebook!

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    Happy When Not Hungry - March 31, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    This soup looks perfect for someone who’s sick! I love the addition of the lemon too. Yum!

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    Andrea - March 31, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

    I like the look of the rounds. I think the shape would be great in soup to bite down on.

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    Kim B. - March 31, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

    I like that the crackers are madwith only 7 ingredients & are all natural!!

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    Angela@spinachtiger - March 31, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

    I love the individual oyster crackers. My husband eats lots of crackers with his soups and chili. These are perfect.

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    Sharon - March 31, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

    I’ve never tasted Westminster Crackers–but they sound wonderful. I love that they contain only seven all-natural ingredients and that the company has been making crackers since 1828!!

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    Sharon - March 31, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

    I follow Westminster Crackers on twitter @sharonjo2
    Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/sharonjo2/status/53661214168989697

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    Sharon - March 31, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

    I like goodLife {eats} on facebook.
    (Sharon Olivier)

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    Sharon - March 31, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

    I like Westminster Crackers on facebook.
    (Sharon Olivier)

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    Sharon - March 31, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

    I stumbled your Whole Wheat Naan and Tandori Chicken Wraps post.
    http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/sharonjo/

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    Rebecca - March 31, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

    I love that they are low sodium. Crackers and breads usually have so much sodium.

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    Deborah - March 31, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

    I am a huge fan of soup and oyster crackers – with or without soup!

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    Alejandra - April 01, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    Fan of goodLife {eats} on facebook.:)

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    Kathleen - April 01, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    Yum, oyster crackers! I love how they’ve stayed loyal to just crackers!

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    Anne- Cooking Through California - April 01, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    I have a weakness for oyster crackers:) And theirs are filled with such good, natural ingredients that I can pronounce!

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    rikki - April 01, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    i love the simple, natural ingredients!

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    Marie @ Chocolate and Wine - April 01, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    They are the perfect snack – lightly and flakey; the best pop ‘em and go food!

    xo – Marie
    Chocolate & Wine

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    Melissa Vasquez - April 01, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    All natural ingredients are a plus!

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    Melissa Vasquez - April 01, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    fan of Good Life

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    Melissa Vasquez - April 01, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    fan of Westminster Cracker Co.

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    Klee - April 01, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

    I am SO making this soup. Nomz. I love that those crackers are low sodium. I’m starting to watch my sodium intake, so these seem to be a good option.

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    Maureen - April 01, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

    Low sodium! What a great thing in CRACKERS, when so many other brands are so high in sodium.

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    Karen M - April 01, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

    Wow~ they’re all natural! My mouth is watering after looking over their site!

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    Kankana - April 01, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

    sounds delicious and beautiful clicks ! :)

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    Emily D. - April 01, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

    I just like that the crackers look yummy!

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    Emily D. - April 01, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    I am a fan of Good Life Eats on FB!

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    Emily D. - April 01, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

    I stumbled the citrus poppy seed scones.

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    Emily D. - April 01, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

    I am a fan of Westminster on twitter.

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    Emily D. - April 01, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

    I am a fan of Westminster on FB.

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    Megan - April 01, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

    I like how simple the crackers are and they do look quite tastey!

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    Foodie McBody - April 01, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

    I love that their crackers have no sugar! that is awesome new for diabetic me.

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    Foodie McBody - April 01, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

    And I’m following Westminster on Twitter and a fan of YOU on Facebook! :-)

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    Megan - April 01, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

    I’m a following Westminster on Twitter and I retweeted.

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    Cooksandlay - April 02, 2011 @ 12:56 am

    Hi Katie. I love the photos and your white bowls. The recipe looks like that of a chowder, I’ll try them with my Fissler pressure cooker, it sounds simple but awesome. Thanks for this.

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    Erica Best - April 02, 2011 @ 1:42 am

    i love that they are not made from sugar

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    The Manly Housewife - April 02, 2011 @ 4:20 am

    For me I love the history behind the company. What brilliant past and tenacity. I could really go for a warm bowl of soup and some of these crackers right about now.

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    Daktari - April 02, 2011 @ 6:55 am

    I like that the crackers are available in two of my local stores! I have always enjoyed Westminster crackers at restaurants. Great to know I can get them for home use!

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    Jess - April 02, 2011 @ 8:32 am

    Thanks for the tips! They definitely help!
    By the way, I nominated you for a bloggers award. If you have time, drop by and check it out!
    Jess = )

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    Melissa Frances - April 02, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    I love the history of the Westminister crackers.

    cant wait to win them to try them!!

    Thanks for an opportunity to win.

    I tweeted this!
    Melissa from Naches, WA

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    Coco and Isa - April 02, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    I love the history of the crackers and how they are healthy in comparison to other oyster crackers! I love Sur La Table too!

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    Sarah Keil - April 02, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

    i like that they only use 7 normal ingredients in their crackers. yum!

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    Sarah Keil - April 02, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    i follow westminster cracker on twitter & rt’d http://twitter.com/#!/thepajamachef/status/54259569051963392

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    Sarah Keil - April 02, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    i follow good life eats on facebook

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    Sarah Keil - April 02, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    i follow westminster crackers on facebook

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    Kelly - April 02, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    The oyster crackers are a great size for soup. The soup you posted looks great!

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    Tickled Red - April 02, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

    Oh my goodness this look so good. I could eat soup are year long, even in 105 with humid conditions. This is going in my must save :)

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    Amanda - April 02, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

    That soup looks great! I’m personally a huge fan of oyster crackers, especially when I’m not feeling well. Westminter’s look delicous.

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    NancyO - April 02, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

    Good crackers!

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    clara - April 02, 2011 @ 11:06 pm

    love how the crackers were made even before the commercial mail system. it is like eating history in every bite. (if only classroom learning was like this :P )

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    Sandy B - April 03, 2011 @ 6:20 am

    I can’t wait to make the soup! Lemon, spinach and orzo – who could ask for anything more? I know these crackers from their accompaniment to soups at various restaurants. They are wonderful and I didn’t know I could buy them in my local grocery store!

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    Carole Resnick - April 03, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    I love SOUP!! Winter or summer you will find soup on my menu.

    Weather hot or cold these crackers are wonderful with my soups.

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    Aggie - April 03, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    I have always loved Westminster Crackers…I discovered them years ago when I worked at Cracker Barrell, they served them there. After checking out their site I love them even more knowing they are made from all natural ingredients. They are so good in soup and to snack on!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Sorry Eric’s been sick, I bet this soup cheered him up. I’ve been wanting to make a lemon type soup, this looks delicious.

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    Aggie - April 03, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    Just stumbled this post!

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    Aggie - April 03, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    Just tweeted about giveaway

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    Lara @ Good Cook Doris - April 03, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    These are my all time favorite oyster crackers! Love that they are all-natural!

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    Rachael - April 03, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    Flaky and delicious?? Sounds like a perfect cracker :)

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    morgan - April 03, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

    this soup looks amazing

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    morgan - April 03, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

    im follow you on facebook

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    StealthandAces - April 04, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    I love a product with some history to it. I adore the fact that Westminster Crackers’ website has a full page devoted to the legacy of their baking. I also adore the fact that they’re not filled with a lot of ingredients that read like an advanced chemistry textbook.

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    Kristina - April 04, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    I love how transparent everything is. They describe their history, they’re proud of their ingredients, and their website even shows pictures of their factory process! You don’t get that kind of honesty from Nabisco, et al.

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    Kristina - April 04, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    I like GoodLife Eats on Facebook, also.

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    Kristina - April 04, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    And I posted to my FB wall.

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    Lisa - April 04, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

    I stumbled upon the Brioche Rolls!

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    Lisa - April 04, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

    I appreciate Westminster Crackers’ use of all natural ingredients without the use of preservatives.

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    Lisa - April 04, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

    I am a FB fan.

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    Nicole B. - April 05, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    I love that they are made with no preservatives.

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    amy - April 05, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    I like that they have no sugar. I’m trying to cut unnecessary sugars out, and these products help in that goal.

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    lynn - April 05, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    Low sodium – perfect for making soup for my mother-in-law. Thanks!

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    lynn - April 05, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    I’m following you on twitter!

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    Shaina - April 05, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

    I love this soup. I’ve been dreaming about it since you first showed me.

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    Emily - April 05, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

    I love crackers. Oyster crackers especially. And looking around over on the Westminster site, I loved the quote “The world is your cow, but you have to do the milking” and hearing about the hard work of the founders. Love to hear about a family committed to producing quality food.

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    Jill @ Dulce Dough - April 05, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

    I love the fact that the Westminister Crackers are trans fat-free!

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    Jill @ Dulce Dough - April 05, 2011 @ 11:04 pm
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    Jill @ Dulce Dough - April 05, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

    I “like” Goodlife eats on Facebook.

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    Jill @ Dulce Dough - April 05, 2011 @ 11:06 pm

    I “like” Westminster Crackers on Facebook!

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    Jill @ Dulce Dough - April 05, 2011 @ 11:09 pm

    I stumbled the Caramel Pecan Brioche Rolls post

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    Kevin (Closet Cooking) - April 06, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

    What a nice and light, fresh and tasty sounding soup!

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    Everyday Art - April 06, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

    I just made this for my family tonight and we LOVED it. (Lemon makes everything taste wonderful). I had cooked roast chicken last night, so today I just made some chicken stock out of it and used it plus the leftover meat to make the soup and it turned out beautiful and delicious. Thanks and keep the good recipes coming. :)

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    jjohnston - April 12, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    I love that the ingrediants are simple and all natural!

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    Crystal - May 01, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

    This soup was very good. Instead of using the pressure cooker b/c I don’t have one I poached the chicken in the broth lemon and herbs. I also did not have the pasta so I used rice. Thanks for the great recipe.

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    lauren - September 27, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

    such a good recipe! just cooked it up and I seriously, seriously like it! especially the creaminess the yolks impart–awesome for making whats usually a light soup a little heartier. also-along with the spinach, i stirred in a handful of fresh basil leaves-delicious! thanks for posting.

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    damselfly - November 02, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

    Love the recipe. Used left over roasted chicken and followed to the letter. Awesome result. Served with french bread rolls

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    allison - June 30, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    Is the egg yolk necessary…daughter has egg allergy…wondering if there is a substitution or could I just leave it out? Thanks sounds yummy!

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    • Katie

      Katie replied: — June 30th, 2012 @ 6:15 PM

      Egg gives the broth a yellow color but you can omit it.

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    Soula - January 02, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    This chicken soup recipe is actually a popular Greek soup recipe called Avgolemono.

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    Sarah - January 11, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    Just made this soup, it is so delish!! I left out the orzo and added a bit more lemon (I like lemon!) and some diced parsnips that I had leftover. I loved how EASY this soup was to make. Thanks! Will definitely be making this again.

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    Lauren - March 28, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

    Just made this soup….DELICIOUS! A new family favorite. To save time I used a roasted chicken from the supermarket, I added some fresh mushrooms, and made a few homemade garlic croutons. So happy to find this recipe. THANKS!!

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    Amanda J. - April 01, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    I like that Westminter Crackers are a brand I’m familiar with and have been eating for years.

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    Amanda J. - April 01, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

    I like you on FB!

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    Amanda J. - April 01, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    I like Westminster crackers on FB.

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    Lisa Brett - August 07, 2013 @ 1:23 am

    How can i make this soup if i don’t have a pressure cooker?? lisabrett22@gmail.com

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    • Katie

      Katie replied: — August 13th, 2013 @ 11:56 AM

      You can prepare the chicken in a crockpot or use chicken from a store-bought rotisserie chicken or homemade roasted whole chicken.

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    Michele - April 22, 2014 @ 10:07 am

    This soup was absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for sharing it.

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