Grandma Lydia’s Chicken Soup on a Cold, Rainy Day (2/2) 👵🏼🍲❤️ “I came to NY in 1971. The plan was to go to college but I ended up going to a computer school. It was hard at first because all I knew was farm life and now I was suddenly a city girl. I especially missed my mom. I moved to Brooklyn to stay with my brother and later I moved in with nuns near 49th Street on 8th or 9th Avenue. I then met my husband, got married, and moved to Woodside. That was 1980.
It wasn't until I got married when I had to cook again so I would call my mom to remind me of the recipes. It was a bonding experience. My husband is into full hearty food so the soup worked best for him and was easier for me to learn and make. It was and still is my go-to on cold, rainy days. Like today. And I love cooking it for my grandson. It’s adorable when he asks for it because I get to hear him try to pronounce the name in Spanish. It’s ‘sopa de pollo y vegetales.’
When Hurricane Maria happened, I was sick with worry for my family and for the state of my mom’s house because that's the only thing we have left of her. They were closed off from everybody since there’s only one road there and it was blocked by fallen trees. My other family members in San Juan tried to reach them and it took them a month to make sure they were ok. I was so happy to hear that the house was ok, too. My family members are helping each other, and some still don’t have electricity. We’ve mailed out lanterns, batteries, canned foods, and solar-powered fans.” - Grandma Lydia from her kitchen in Woodside, Queens
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