With cold and flu season in full force, we’re highlighting this family chicken soup recipe from Lisa Spivey, Retirement Counselor at Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill. Although eating chicken soup to help fight the common cold was once considered “an old wives’ tale,” it is now believed to be true according to several studies. Scientists believe that a bowl of chicken soup may reduce inflammation of the lungs while boosting the immune system. Lisa’s children definitely won’t dispute the benefits of a warm bowl of homemade soup:

Chicken with Matzo Ball Soup

Lisa’s son, Dominic (14), loves matzo ball soup!

“My husband’s mother, Betty, was Jewish and her family made Matzo Ball soup. I have asked his siblings how they do it and adopted my own recipe. My kids love it and I always make it when they get a cold or are under the weather.” -Lisa Spivey

Lisa’s recipe is just one of many featured in Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill’s Second Edition of the Cookbook for a Cure. This beautifully illustrated cookbook features a collection of original recipes from Carlton associates, residents, families and friends of Carlton Senior Living and was created as a way to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research. In 2018, we raised over $22,000 for Walk to End Alzheimer’s and each book purchased moves us closer to our goal.

The cookbook features a variety of recipes including Sexy Shrimp Dip, Autumn Apple & Spinach Salad, and decadent Pumpkin Cheesecake. You can pre-order a copy of the cookbook for only $20 and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association to benefit Alzheimer’s research. Visit the Cookbook For a Cure page for ordering instructions.


Today we are pleased to bring you Lisa’s Chicken with Matzo Ball Soup recipe from the Second Edition of the Cookbook For a Cure:

Chicken with Matzo Ball Soup Recipe

Order the Second Edition of the Cookbook For a Cure today!

Visit the Cookbook For a Cure page for ordering instructions.

The publication of this book was made possible by Terry Barrett, Associate Director of CSL Pleasant Hill and was whimsically illustrated by Katreece Montgomery, an associate at CSL Pleasant Hill.


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