Sickie Soup

Chuck’s note: This is a guest post by my wife, Amanda. She normally blogs at, but today she is posting here! When I get sick, this is what she makes for me. It’ll have you back on your feet in no time.

I’m really lucky that Chuck likes to cook —and that he’s good at it—because I absolutely hate cooking. I much prefer the exactness of baking because I know what I’m going to get every single time. Sure, I could use a recipe to cook, but why bother? I’m married to #CookLikeChuck.

That said, Chuck isn’t infallible. On occasion, he does get sick and, because I love my husband more than I hate cooking, I whip out the one recipe I know by heart, the one recipe I know will turn out every single time: Sickie Soup.

  • Chop a medium-sized onion and 3 stalks of celery.
  • Place them in a pot with a little olive oil and 2 cloves of pressed garlic on medium-low heat.

  • Chop 3-4 carrots, 2-3 leeks, and 1 decently-sized potato.
  • Add them to the pot with 2 boxes of chicken stock, salt, and pepper.
  • Turn the heat up to medium.

I like to add these veggies first because they take the longest to cook.


  • Chop and add a small head of cabbage.
  • Add a large diced tomato, a handful of fresh green beans, and about a cup of corn.

Let everything simmer for 30-45 minutes, or until the veggies are no longer crunchy. Stir occasionally.

If you’re like Chuck, add a squirt of hot sauce to clear out your sinuses.


Third Anniversary

Three years ago today the idea for Cook Like Chuck was born.

Amanda, Sean Nelson, and I were sitting on Sean’s couch in Boston, watching Bob’s Burgers, and making sangria for a party Sean was going to the next day.

Sean said, “You know, you should do a food blog. You could call it Cook Like Chuck.”  We all had a good laugh at the name, but after some prodding by both Amanda and Sean over the next few hours, I bought the domain on that very couch and set up the site that night.

To be honest, it took me another year to actually launch the site, including two separate redesigns before actually letting the public see it, but that day the seed was planted and started sprouting. I’m very thankful that both Amanda and Sean kept encouraging me to launch it and assured me that people would actually read it, despite my worries to the contrary.

Since getting the site up and running officially, over 11,000 individual visitors have visited the site over 15,000 times. All with little-to-no marketing effort on my part.

My most popular posts so far are:

Here are the photos I took of making sangria with Sean that night in Boston three years ago:


These were the very oranges that made me decide to use orange as an accent color on this site.

Here is the method we used to cut the pomegranates without a mess:

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