With single digit cold temperatures this week, the only proper food solution to get us through this cold snap is soup. Lots and lots of soup. Over the course of the year, every time I get a cut-up whole chicken from the butcher, he makes it a special point to separate the whole backbone of the chicken. I save these parts in a ziplock bag in the freezer all year long specifically to make an excellent chicken broth.
Most people toss the chicken’s backbone. My grandmother never did. She said it was the sweetest part of the bird. After all, she used to say, it’s the part of the chicken that goes over the fencelast. That should give you an illuminating thought for the day.