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Introducing Grown Up Mac & Cheese: It’s not just for kids anymore…

Check out this exclusive online interview with our chef, and to hear what people are saying about the three new Mac & Cheese dishes.

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Colossal Winter Storm Chicken Soup

Congratulations! You have survived the crazy cold weather that swept the country this week. In honor of your survival, and to warm you up, our chef has created a ‘Colossal Winter Storm Chicken Soup’ recipe just for you. It’s similar, but not exactly like, the Chicken Noodle Soup we serve in our restaurants. If you can get your car out of the snow bank you could pick up a bowl of our Chicken Noodle Soup- visit http://noodles.com/locations to find a location near you. If your car is stuck in your garage, try making this soup at home- it will warm you up and make a splash at your NFL party this Sunday. 

Colossal Winter Storm Chicken Soup: A Recipe for the Home Chef

Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

Stock

  • 1 Whole chicken (3-5 Lbs.), cut into 6 pieces
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
  • 4 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Soup

  • 2 cups carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups celery, sliced
  • 2.5 cups egg noodle, uncooked
  • 3 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped

Preparation:

  • Add all stock ingredients into a pot and simmer until chicken is tender, about 45 minutes
  • Remove chicken and set aside until cool enough to pull apart into bite-sized pieces, discard any bones and skin
  • Pull out and discard the onions and bay leaves
  • Bring stock to a boil and add carrots, cook about 3 minutes
  • Add celery, cook 10 minutes
  • Lower the temp to a simmer and add egg noodles, cook until softened, about 5 minutes
  • Add cooked chicken pieces back into pot along with parsley and thyme
  • Adjust salt and pepper seasoning to taste

Did you try making this soup at home? If so, share a picture with us! Take a picture of your finished product, upload the photo to the web, and post a link to your photo below.

Noodles & Company's Colossal Winter Storm Chicken Soup- a recipe for the home chef

 

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Big Air, Denver

We were at the Big Air event in Denver Jan. 25 & 26 serving up some hot Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, Japanese Pan Noodles and Rice Krispy Treats while watching the skiers and riders do their thing. It was nice seeing you there, and if we didn’t- hopefully we’ll see you at our Dillon restaurant on your way up to the mountains.

Big Air in Denver

Dudes eating with us at the Big Air event in Denver.

Beautiful Denver, Colorado.

The ramp was 101' high, 300' long and 80' wide.

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Tessa’s Tips

We’d like to introduce you to our chef and registered dietician, Tessa Stamper. Every month, Tessa will share her culinary and healthy eating tips with you right here. This month it’s all about reducing calories, but not reducing flavor.

Here are two of Tessa’s favorite calorie-conscious meals to help you keep your New Year’s resolution.

First up is the Bangkok Curry TRIO with sautéed shrimp and a tossed green side salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

This meal is both sweet and spicy with only 345 calories, along with a whopping 14 grams of protein. It’s heavy on the fresh veggies, and features a sweet coconut curry wok tossed with shrimp, broccoli, carrots, red pepper, onion, mushrooms and a light portion of rice noodles.

Or if you’re on the go, try something hand-held. The Med Sandwich is made with fresh vegetables and features sautéed mushrooms, red bell peppers, spinach, red onions and crunchy cucumber, all topped with our zippy Med dressing, cilantro and feta cheese on a warm flat bread. Order the sandwich as a ‘Duo’ and add a cucumber tomato salad on the side for a complete meal.

The Med Sandwich Duo with a Cucumber Tomato Salad will cost you only 420 calories and gives you 25 grams of protein.

If you want to see more flavorful and tasty options for around 400 calories, click here.

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Pasta Art

Learn how Cyn Gagen, a lifelong artist and crafter who is also featured on “Cool2Craft,” Lynda, a graphic designer in the paper crafting industry, and Eileen Hull, a free lance designer, author and licensed artist with Sizzix, make these sweet pasta angels, rice noodle wreath and pasta-decorated holiday card. You can also enter to win one of our Anything Cards. Click here to learn how to make the angels, here for the rice noodle wreath and here for the pasta-decorated holiday card.

Cyn Gagen's pasta angels

 

Lynda's rice noodle wreath

 

Eileen Hull’s holiday card decorated with pasta

Send us a link to images of your noodle art by 1/15/11 and we’ll reward you with an Free Bowl Card!

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Scratch That

Thanks to all of you, we realized the one of our ‘Anything Is Better Than This’ Flickr photo contest winners was not real. It was fake. :( So, we have decided to reward the third $50 Anything Card to Buckaroo2008 who submitted this beautiful homemade mechanical bank. Check out the caption, it’s hilarious.

From Buckaroo2008 on Flickr: For Christmas one year, my dear old dad decided to make me a homemade mechanical bank from a pattern he found. He cut the wood and painted it himself. To operate it, you put a coin on the tongue that's sticking out, then pull the lever on the side. The tongue moves back as it swallows the money, then the eyes bug out -- pretty much the same reaction as people looking at it.

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ANYTHING would be better than THESE gifts

Our new Anything Cards are perfect for anyone and any occasion. You get a free Sandwich Card when you buy an Anything Card in one of our restaurants or online now through Dec. 31, 2010!

Our ‘Anything Is Better Than This’ Flickr contest ended last Friday. We asked you to upload pictures of the most awful, weird, quirky and funny holiday gifts you’ve received. And oh boy, were they ever. We’re giving our top three winners each a $50 Anything Card! And they are…

Bacon Mug

This poor guy got fruit doilies

Wood statue

 Get a good laugh and view all the entries by viewing the group on Flickr.

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Here’s where you find out if you have a little less shopping to do

Our new Anything Cards are perfect for anyone and any occasion. When you buy a $25 Anything Card in one of our restaurants or online now through Dec. 31, we’ll give you a free Sandwich Card.

Noodles & Company's Anything Card

In effort to spread a little holiday cheer, we told our Facebook ‘Likers’ (a.k.a. Facebook ‘Fans’) to tell us who they still need to buy a gift for this holiday season. We chose the best submissions and are sending their friends and family an Anything Card. The winners are:

Claudine

My husband is an instructor on the Submarine Naval Base and doesn’t get to take long lunch breaks as he is sooooo busy!! Luckily, Noodles is just a few miles up the road from the base and he sure deserves to have a delicious take out lunch …instead of skipping it and coming home starved because he was too busy working to have the opportunity to sit down at a restaurant and wait to be served his meal. I could even pick up lunch for him and take it to him at work! He would love a surprise like that!! And, I’m sure that he absolutely deserves it as he was just named Sailor of the Quarter for all the time and hard work he puts in!!

Carrie

My daughter!!! Noodles is one of the only places she can eat at because all of her food allergies (dairy, egg, and peanut)and you are awesome about catering to her needs! Thanks and keep up the good work! :)

Gary

My daughter, that bright bulb frosh, trunching through the waist high snow drifts in St.Paul on the University of Minnesota campus – Sure I’ll get her that Dylan book and maybe a CD — but the best answer to the Daily Dorm Cuisine is a real delicious Noodles food survival card…and she needs that even more than a hat and mittens!

Francine

I have a young friend named Mindy who went into kidney failure shortly after her 18th birthday. She has been doing dialysis for the past 4 years and has suffered many complications that required her to leave college and move back home. Last… week she received a kidney transplant and is now well on her way to returning to a normal life and diet which can now include her beloved Mac n cheese from Noodles. She would enjoy an Anything Card.

However, perhaps even more deserving of a gift card is her boyfriend Dave. Although he wasn’t a match for her he donated a kidney as her part of a 5 way swap where each recipient had a donor who matched one of the other recipients.

Lori

I would give one to our nanny who takes such wonderful care of our twin girls (who will be two on Christmas day!). Due to her religion she does not celebrate, but I would still like to give her a little something. I would have the girls color (sribble) a picture and turn it into a card for her, with the gift card!

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