WP Blogger Michelle says that when she wanders, she often finds her eye drawn to strange bedfellows. Juxtapositions. Foils. Unexpected pairings.

Say whuuut?

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Arctic Freeze Update: By Accident I Make a (This is What Happens When It’s -3 Degrees) I Make a Soup I’ll Have to Make Again and Again. Thanks to Mimi and Bob and Rill’s Specialty Foods (in addition to my sort of sissy palate that THINKS it doesn’t like HOT stuff…) (all in 420 Characters and 9 Lines, a Poem by Patty that may seem as if it isn’t about birds this time, but, um, a chicken IS a bird)

Omak Kick'n Chicken Soup

1 Omak Kick’n Chicken Soup.*

1 Rotisserie Chicken set of bones in a cloth bag along with some of its chicken.

Fire Alarm!!

It’s too Kick’n for me, so I try taming the heat with:

4+ quarts of chicken and veggie broth, roasted carrots and onions,

3 palmfuls of Bob’s vegi soup mix, 1 spice bag of sage-thyme-and rosemary,

5 Bay Leaves,2 cups of that Sept. harvested corn.


But-thank goodness!!-it’s still kick’n!**


*The packet of Kick’n Chicken came from Catherine’s parents (Mimi and Bob) out in Washington along with scads of other Washington-based food products.

**I gave covered Pyrex containers of this soup to different folks and was blown away at how much they all loved it. I give the credit to the basic Kick’n Chicken mix from the Rill people. Hands Down.

Rill Foods - Soups For You


“Rill Foods is a 2nd generation family run business located in the heart of Central Washington. It began as a rural café and grocery in 1985.

Every day Ninon made hearty soups from scratch, that would draw people from miles away. Finally after countless requests for her recipes she decided to put her soups in a package and Rill Specialty Foods was born.

We have been selling soup mixes ever since with a commitment to preserving the made-from-scratch flavor that drew in our customers from the beginning. To ensure the best flavor our soups have only the highest quality ingredients and are individually hand packaged.

Our easy to prepare packages appeal to the busy lives we lead today. They are created to give you more time to enjoy and less time to prepare. Each package comes with a rich broth and is loaded with flavor so you don’t have to add anything extra if you don’t want to.

Rill soups are a Washington made product, based in Kittitas County and packaged in the community of Thorp. We take pride in our products and to ensure top quality, every package is hand processed. Each soup is also named after a place in the Northwest. Inside the soups you’ll find a story that highlights the unique history of the area that the soup was named after.

Our excellent hearty soups straight from the Rill’s kitchen warm up a cold winter day and satisfy in the heat of summer.”