Put flanken (beef short ribs) in pot with just enough water to cover it. Boil 5 minutes or so until fat/skim comes to top for you to remove all. Set aside to cool.
Clean chicken well. All of it goes into the soup except for the liver. Cut carrots in 3-4″ pieces.
Line bottom of pot with bones, then beef, then chicken, then dill, then parsley, celery, onions, potato, turnip, and carrots. Add cold water (it is a scientific fact that cold water works best, something to do with the collagen in the bones) to cover. Bring to boil and watch so you can remove top fat constantly before covering, then let simmer/slow boil for 3 hours. Add salt and pepper to taste. This is an old Jewish chicken soup recipe, it would have called for kosher chicken, which is salted as part of the koshering process. Regular chicken will require much more salt, and I use Morton’s!
When soup is ready, strain ingredients keeping soup separate. Save carrots separately in container and then eat or discard what yo don;t want.
Once you refrigerate your soup over night, the fat will rise to the top. Remove it. Soup tastes better on the second day!
That is my Grandma Sophie’s Chicken Soup recipe, handed down several generations. It may even be her mom’s recipe, which makes it from the old country! (And the picture of the chicken has always been on the top!) The old saying that your grandma cooks with love was MORE than true, it was the best soup I ever had in my life. And all my cousins would agree. And we always had it with “lucsion,” which is superfine egg noodles. My Italian in-laws use rice. Either works, I prefer that which I have been eating for 51 years!
This recipe brings back a lot of memories of eating at my beloved grandma’s house. When she became too old to cook, my mom took on the task, but it was never the same for me. My niece and nephews love my mom’s soup because she is their grandma, they love it the way that I loved my grandma’s soup, and that is how it should be.
I now make this soup for my son. G-d willing, one day my son’s children will love the way their Grandpa Mitch makes this same chicken soup for them!