a winter warmer recipe from ‘A squirrel in your kitchen’

mahis e-bookCOVERJanuary calls for a winter warmer recipe, and I am happy to share a recipe from ‘A Squirrel in your kitchen’ from the kitchen of my dear friend Laurie Doiron, all the way from Alaska! Just like every recipe in this e-book, it comes along with a little story about Laurie. Prepare yourself for a true soul warmer..!



3 cans of chicken broth

2 cans of cream of chicken soup

1 cup of white rice (uncooked)

1 can of corn

2 cans of cooked chicken meat

2 cans of sliced potatoes

1 stick of butter

3 carrots, peeled and sliced

1 medium onion

2 celery sticks, sliced thin

salt and pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients into a pot and bring to a gentle boil over medium- high heat. Cover the soup and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for an hour or more. The longer the soup simmers, the better it tastes.

About Laurie

I met Laurie Schmerbeck, an aspiring criminology student, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) 20 years ago. I still recall her enthusiasm when she told me that her graduation gift to herself would be an adventurous trip far away! As we tossed our graduation caps away, Laurie set off to Japan. Shortly after, a letter, or, rather, a fairy tale romance, arrived by snail post, (yes, this was before the e-mail craze) where Laurie explained that she had met the man of her dreams on this trip. This young gentleman, Mike Doiron, soon became her better half, and father of her three children, Nicolas, Sophie and Olivia. Over the past 15 years, Laurie and family have trotted around America, and are now based in the fascinating ice land of Alaska! Although, we haven’t been lucky enough to re-unite since our carefree IUP days, her loyal and super entertaining e-mails have kept me posted throughout the years. And… while polar bears and reindeer are basking in her front yard, this inspiring and remarkable friend always manages to send a sparkling dose of news over in my little corner! Keep sending those smiley faces over, my dear friend!


About Mahi S

I was born on the island of Cyprus in 1971. For years, I lived the life of a nomad: I grew up in the Arab Gulf, finished high school in Cyprus, then went to the U.S. for five remarkable, life-changing years of study and work in public relations. With every change of home, I was confronted with the challenge of separation and the issue of identity, but ultimately the rewarding experience of interacting with people of different cultures has informed my life ever since. It inspired me to create an ideal setting wherever I found myself, to live meaningfully and use passion as the main ingredient in my life. I run to keep myself motivated and to fire the kind of creative thinking that keeps me balanced and content. But it’s also an ongoing challenge: since 1999, I have completed 17 half-marathons, which I try to run in a different city every time. In fact, running and travel are the two pillars of my life philosophy: “Travel is fascinating, whether it’s about a series of mesmerizing destinations or a journey within myself”. “Running keeps me sane, motivated and focused!” Right now, I am focusing on promoting my new book, ‘A squirrel in your kitchen’ an e-cookbook with quick, easy and delicious recipes (and anecdotes) from dearest friends around the world. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AYXN500. I am also hoping to experience the fascinating challenge of a full marathon in 2016; in Athens or New York. We’ll see!

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