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Monday, September 12, 2011
Tasty Tuesday: Spoonful of Comfort Giveaway, Review, and Discount
Momma Told Me: I'll make you some Chicken Soup- It may not fix everything, but it'll definitely make you feel better!
It's a 'Momma' staple. Chicken Soup. And, whether it's home made from scratch, enjoyed on a brisk night at a restaurant, or warmed with love from a can in a college dorm, it's the symbol of comfort for many. For me, it's not about the soup. Honestly, I don't care much for chicken broth and noodles, and I'd much rather indulge in a hearty gnocchi or stew. But there's something to be said for the primal feelings that emerge when I see a bowl on TV, or pass by the condensed soup aisle...memories of peering over the counter as Momma warmed a bowl to soothe sore throats and red noses. Science can say what it will about 'other' soups, or how the comforting effect comes from the warmth, and condensation, but there's something almost spiritual about a mother and her chicken soup...
It's no secret Momma was diagnosed with, and battled, Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma when I was but a toddler. I can only imagine the fear and worry that must have overcome my father, having to leave his daughter behind to wait by his wife's bedside. And while my grandparents, relatives, and neighbors were quick to lend a hand watching me, there was little they could do to console him upon return to an empty house each night. It's times like that which colorful bouquets and baskets of fruit seem to lack appropriate emotion. Those close by bring casseroles and leftovers when they can, but how does one miles away touch the effected with the same impact. How do you show you love someone on the deep level of concern and care? Not with poppies or watermelon, but with a Spoonful of Comfort.
Stemming from a very personal experience in 2007, in which the founder learned of her mother's terminal illness, Spoonful of Comfort was born. At the time, with two school aged children, and having returned the day prior from a trip states away to see her mother, this wife, mother, and daughter felt helpless to comfort. Traditional arrangements of fruit and flowers lacked the loving touch one wishes to show their mom, and more than anything, she wished to send her chicken soup. It was what she had made to comfort her in her childhood, and the closest connection to the comforting love she felt. Sadly, six weeks later she passed, and a vow was made to deliver a Spoonful of Comfort with "as much care as if I were sending it to my own mother". A delivery service was soon created to offer basic home comforts, handmade, and delivered to the door of grieving, ill, or missed loved ones nationwide.
Remember how I mentioned Chicken Soup's alleged health benefits? As it turns out a published story by Dr. Stephen Rennard has found that this home comfort can actually inhibit inflammation of cells in the nasal passage, fighting the common cold. Adding to the legends, chicken coup has also been found to contain high amounts of amino acids frequently used to treat select respiratory infections! But Spoonful of Comfort knows that this simple soup is much more than powerful broth with cold-soothing properties; it's a conduit for love and concern sorely needed in times of illness, separation, and grief. Their product lineup covers more than Chicken Soup, though (that's just their featured product of the month). Spoonful of Comfort has expanded to include homestyle lemonade, and care packages that showcase Made From Scratch Rolls and homemade cookies. You'll also find material comforts such as blankets and inspirational trinkets to add into your custom care package.
I received a Chicken Soup Care Package for review here on Momma Told Me. My box arrived carefully packed amongst shredded paper, and bubble wrap, with a country style cover, and customized card. Inside was a 64oz (4-6 servings) jar of homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, 6 Made from Scratch Rolls, and 6 Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Each All Natural/Preservative Free item was individually packaged and sealed with twist tie, then adorned with matching yellow polka dot ribbon. My (glass) Jar of Chicken Noodle Soup had a paper label affixed by rubber band, with production date, ingredients, allergen info, and storage tips. I liked that I could choose to take this off, as the perspiration from and to the fridge could make paper damp and ink run. The jar was more than securely closed though, and took several minutes (and multiple muscles) to pry open. I'll chalk this up as a plus, for shipping purposes.
Now, with a 64oz jar of Chicken Noodle Soup before me, I ran into a small snag. The lovely ladle that had become a signature for the brand, was not in my massive collection of kitchen utensils. I would love to see a disposable ladle added to the delivery options; for the time a metal ladle may be added on for $8. It would simply add convenience when sending soup (in a very tall jar) to somebody who may or may not struggle to serve it. Once open, and in bowls, I simply had to microwave the soup and rolls, then enjoy. The soup itself contained generous portions of whole chicken breast, thick noodles, celery, onions, and carrots. I, personally, noted that the broth could have used a touch of salt- but quickly noted that it is much better to have a product that is more universally friendly, than over-seasoned to some. The husband, swore it was home-made, by me; which I will offer as a big compliment to Spoonful of Comfort.
For me, the highlight were the hand made, from scratch, rolls. I had to fight my husband for them, and they truly added a level of comfort that complimented the chicken soup perfectly. I finished off my bowl, then sopped up the leftover broth for a meal that was satisfying down to my very soul. You simply cannot help but smile after tasting the love and time that went into such a treat. But, of course, there were 6 jumbo Oatmeal Raisin cookies staring at me. These beauties had the most tempting aroma, and reminded me of grandma's kitchen on a lazy Spring afternoon. Thin, yet soft and chewy, I give Spoonful of Comfort two thumbs up. From arrival and presentation, to the very last crumb and drop- I am converted. No more 'get well bouquets' from me, next time I'll send a Spoonful of Comfort! The company would like to extend an exclusive 25% discount (off orders $34 or more, excluding freight), for the next 2 weeks, with discount code: mommatoldme
What Daughter Says: When you can't be there, let your love show through a Spoonful of Comfort.