1994, the Los Angeles Times was delivered to our houses, every single day. If the guy who delivered it didn’t throw it, literally into the sprinklers, we clomped outside in the early hours in our bathrobes to 'grab the paper’. One day of the week they had a special food section with the ads of the week for the sales at the grocery stores, coupons and sometimes, GREAT recipes! One such day (August 18th of 1994), there was a recipe for the Tortilla Soup from the Bel-Air Hotel. Sounded yummy and I gave it a whirl. It has become a family heirloom.
To this day, I pull out the yellowed cutting from the paper to remind me what I need to do. I have made about 50 copies of this yellowed piece of the paper, sent it to people, scanned it numerous times into my files for safe keeping, even taken a photo of the page, to have it handy. This is my adjusted version of the recipe, but it is pretty darn close. The original said to strain and chill and then add the chicken, and fixings, but these days we just use it with all the goodies that gave the broth taste, and pass on the straining. I have lost count of how many times we have enjoyed this bowl of comfort. #huginabowl