Rosemary Chicken Potato Soup and Sweet Fluffy Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

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I am sort of an avid biker. I have been riding everyday that I could since we’ve been here. I even ride in the rain sometimes. I can’t help myself most of the time. I just feel so much better after getting some fresh air and enjoying the scenery around here.


 It is pretty amazing. There are so many things to look at.

  I love this view from the top of the hill looking down to the lake.


 This mountain is so unique. It took me the longest time to finally see it, but everyone kept telling me that it looked like an indian with a headdress. I think some of the real native Indians pray to it or something.

These are dairy cows that cross this road everyday after being milked. They only have to open the gates and the cows do the rest. I am very used to this sort of thing now. I have been greeted by loose pigs, startled by a rogue horse galloping straight at me, and many other animals. However, the first time I saw these cows I wasn’t paying much attention to what was ahead and it totally startled me and made me think of this scene from the movie Twister

This is my bike when it was just a baby. It doesn’t exactly look like this now. Actually… it’s pretty tired from me wearing it out so much. I think it needs a doctor. That’s kind of why I’m writing about it. Today my sweet dad is taking it to get tuned up, and because we are going to Santiago this weekend, I won’t see her until we get back in 2 weeks. I Know I can ride my sister’s, which is the same make, but I am loyal to this one. It’s like saying goodbye to a close friend.
Anyway, Bikes and cows aside I promised recipes. The soup recipe ”is more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules”- (Capitain Barbossa, Pirates of the Caribbean). When I make soup I make it up as go.
Rosemary Chicken Potato Soup

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 12 servings

Serving Size: about 1 cup

Rosemary Chicken Potato Soup


  • 12 cups canned chicken broth or make your own
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped into cubes (1 cup)
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1/2 head broccoli, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped (1 cup)
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped (1 cup)
  • 6 large potatoes, chopped
  • 1 head garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 lb. cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary or 2 Tbs. fresh, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper


  1. In a medium skillet, combine garlic and onions with olive oil and cook until brown.
  2. Heat broth in large pot over high heat and add all ingredients except chicken.
  3. Boil until all veggies are soft and add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. When veggies are soft turn off heat and add chicken.
  5. Serve hot with crackers or warm bread.
Sweet Fluffy Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Prep Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Yield: 12 rolls

Serving Size: 1 roll

Sweet Fluffy Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls


  • 1 2/3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup and 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 Tbs. active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil (optional)


  1. In a small saucepan warm milk, water, and butter until it reaches 120 - 130 degrees F (50 - 55 C). Pour into small mixing bowl and stir in yeast. In a large bowl combine sugar, salt and flour. Add beaten egg to yeast mixture and whisk together. Pour into dry ingredients and stir until a dough forms. If it is to wet add a few more Tablespoons of flour.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for about 5-7 minutes until it becomes smooth and resistant.
  3. Place in oiled bowl and turn to cover on all sides. cover and place in warm place to rise for about 1 hour until doubled in size.
  4. Punch down and roll into 12 balls and place in greased baking pan. I use a 13x9 in.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees F (200 C) for 15-20 minutes until browned. Remove from pan to cool quickly.

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  1. Kathy C says

    These were SO good! I could have eaten half a dozen all on my own. I have to buy some whole wheat flour and then I’ll give it a try. I hope they turn out even close to yours. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Tori says

      Thank you. You are officially my first commenter on, congratulations. I am so glad I got to share them with you. I hope someday I will be able to come and visit you next time and we can do it at your place.

  2. says

    the soup and rolls sound delicious. my friend Kathy C. sent it to me by facebook … I have a question for you, Tori…..When a person is ‘gluten-free with their diet……. do you know what can be substituted for the wheat ? thank you for your website… love the pictures and comments too.. Barb N.

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