Chicken Soup Cook-off at Temple Shir Shalom

West Bloomfield's Temple Shir Shalom will host its 9th annual Chicken Soup Cook-Off from 12:30-2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27. 

Numerous recipes of chicken soup from professionals and amateurs will be featured for patrons to sample, and all participants will be able to vote for their favorites in the "Best Chicken Noodle Soup," "Best Matzo Ball soup," and "Best Contemporary Chicken Soup."  

Rabbi Daniel Schwartz stopped by the Fox2 Kitchen Sunday morning to showcase his favorite recipe and to preview the event. 

Savta's Cincinnati Matzo Ball Soup


  • 5 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1 parsnip washed

Herbs and Spices

  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 bunch of dill
  • 1-2 cinnamon stick(s)
  • whole pepper to taste
  • Osem Chicken Style Consomme (to taste)


2 chicken breasts

1 chicken wing

1 chicken leg

Matzo Balls 1 Manischewitz Matzo Ball Mix (Mix, 2 eggs, 2 tbsp vegetable oil)

Soup Directions:

1. Combine all veggies and chicken in a stockpot. Add water to cover ingredients and continue to add water until desired level. Add two heaping tablespoon of Osem Chicken Consomme.

2. Bring soup mix to a boil and then reduce heat to a gentle simmer.

3. Add parsley, dill and pepper to soup and allow to simmer for 3-4 hours. Add water as needed.

4. Let cool. Refrigerate overnight.

5. Take out of refrigerator. Remove fat, parsnip and cinnamon sticks. Shred the chicken (remove bones) and put meat back in the soup.

6. Heat and serve.

Matzo Ball Directions:

1. Follow cooking instructions on the package.

2. When cooking, add Osem Chicken Consomme to water before adding matzo balls.

* Savta is the Hebrew word for “grandmother.” My grandmother lives in Israel and the type of soup is based off the style of soup that she makes.

For more information and advance tickets, contact Rabbi Daniel Schwartz at 1-248-737-8700 or email