Sure, on Jewish holidays, we love to eat symbolic foods* like apples dipped in honey and moist round challah on Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year. But somehow, most families I know begin the feast with glistening chicken soup.
Symbolic? Maybe only in the sense that it is an undisputed classic that signal the beginning of a family gathering.
Traditional Eastern European chicken soup is very basic, with a plump 3.5-4 pound chicken (or chicken parts), one quartered onion, sliced carrots, celery, parsnips, and fresh dill and salt, at the heart of the aromatic, slow simmered broth.
Consider this a foundational recipe, ripe for playing with, if you’d like to add some personal touches.