Time to Make Chicken Soup

Saturday, Sept. 26, 1942

Light rain or drizzle, temps in the 40’s. A perfect time to make chicken soup. Here is my mother’s recipe.

  • Fill a pot with chicken bones and cover with water.
  • Add a scraped carrot, some chopped celery stalks with leaves, an onion cut in quarters, a handful of peppercorns, a clove or two, a scraped parsnip, handful of kosher salt. Optional: beef soup cube to add more flavor.
  • Simmer until the broth takes on color and smells fragrant.
  • Strain into an earthenware bowl and put in refrigerator till fat rises to the top and solidifies. Skim.
  • Serve with home made matzoh balls.

While the soup was simmering, time to read the Sunday paper. The frost was a major headache for farmers, wrote Ben Markland in his column, “Day by Day On The Farm.” Greater Chicago was not yet the endless stretch of malls and subdivisions we see today. It was farmland with some of the richest soil in the world producing corn, soybeans, and other crops essential to the Home Front and the War. Corn and red wheat prices hit all-time highs and the supply was scarce. No one wanted to lose more.

On page 17, Columnist Mary Meade offered readers’ recipes for breakfast items, including lemon rolls made from scratch. On the same page, Dorothy Blake soothed a mother anxious about her “Boy Crazy” 14-year-old daughter. In sports, despite West’s two home runs, the Dodgers beat Boston 6-5 thanks to Sisti’s error in the 11th inning. On page 19, Wilfrid Smith analyzed Notre Dames new T Formation. Studying a new recipe or following sports, my mother could forget the war for a while.

Diplomatically, Samuel Goldsmith, Executive Director of the Jewish Charities of Chicago, brought attention back to reality in a letter thanking the Chicago Tribune Charities for its support: “It is a tribute to your own individual spirit of enterprise and your own untiring zeal that [in]spite of your labors in connection with Army and Navy Relief, you have been able to do this.”

A word about weather reporting: Weather forecasts were considered “essential information” – critical knowledge to be restricted lest it aid opportunities for sabotage.

In 1941, Weather Bureau Chief Frank W. Reichelderfer ordered the end of wind and weather forecasts for ocean, coastal and marine areas. However, forecasts for small craft, storm or hurricane warnings would be continued. In Jan. 1942, Office of Censorship head Byron Price requested newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals not to publish certain classes of information which might aid the enemy, such as weather “round-up” stories covering actual conditions throughout more than one state, except when given out by the Weather Bureau.

No letters today. Maybe Monday.






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