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Spicy Lemongrass Soup

I love using garden ingredients and lemon is one of my favorite herbs to use. With this    creation I used previously dried lemongrass and fresh lemon thyme. I don't toot my own horn, but when it's good, it's good. For those who know me, I don't measure much with my 'creations' and who has time to follow a recipe? These are the ingredients I used. Let me know if you have questions about what I did and how. I am always improvising and may be able to provide alternative ingredient suggestions. Enjoy!



  • water
  • chicken bouillon
  • black pepper
  • lemon thyme
  • lemon grass
  • basil paste
  • garlic paste
  • ginger paste
  • green onions
  • fresh jalapeno
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • rice cauliflower
  • grilled chicken
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I wouldn't consider myself a compulsive DIYer or am I? I get it from my Mama. 


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