No, I didn’t forget! How could I when he happens to be one of my favorite people on the planet? I didn’t want to let the cat out of the bag, and spoil the surprise for one of the music world’s most prolific and illustrious musician/composer/producers, and my old partner in crime, Nile Rodgers. The “what shenanigans is he suggesting they get up to now” look on Nicks’ face is priceless – as if I needed help in the mischief department!

Nile Rodgers with Julie Anne and Nick Rhodes back in the day

This video was one of many his girlfriend Nancy asked friends and colleagues from all over the world to send in to be edited into one big movie wishing Nile a very HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY on September 19th. I’m sure you can surmise from his highly successful autobiography, Le Freak, released late last year that I’ll be in some

rather prestigious company. Apart from his own band, Chic, Nile has worked with everyone from Diana Ross to Madonna, to David Bowie, and Duran Duran, to…. well the list is enormous! No doubt it will make for some wickedly fun viewing, and hopefully provoke that Notorious Nile smile for years to come. Love you dearly Pud!

Jewels and Nile backstage at a Hollywood Bowl Chic Concert

BTW, see what happens when you invite me for dinner, Nile? I “nick” your recipes (my rendition from memory)!

If you like this recipe you should join, and enjoy all of my Personal Chef Approach™ recipes. YOU could be living the luxury lifestyle of my celebrity clients without the luxury price tag! In the meantime, what’s your favorite song written, performed, and/or produced by Nile over a career spanning five decades so far?

Le Freak-n-Great Chicken Soup

This is my adaptation of a soup Nile Rodgers made for me once, when I was visiting a cousin in Connecticut, and popped into his home for dinner. It has definitely been a top ten hit with clients, members, and my family alike ever since, thanks for inspiration Nile!



3 Tablespoons butter
1 whole chicken cut into pieces
1 onion, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 red peppers, cored, seeded, and chopped
3 tablespoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/2 cup tomato paste
6 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2/3 lb. egg noodles or 2 cups corn
sour cream, optional


1). Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.

2). Season chicken with salt, pepper, and a pinch of the paprika mixture. Brown chicken, in batches, on all sides, transfer to a plate and cover loosely with foil to keep warm.

3). Melt remaining tablespoon of butter, add onions, celery, red peppers, garlic, paprika, and cayenne. Cook until softened and onions are translucent; about 7-8 minutes.

4). Add chicken broth, stir well, scraping up all the gooey bits off the bottom of the pan.

5). Add chicken back to the pot, bring to boil, cover and simmer 25-30 minutes. Remove chicken pieces, allow to cool slightly (enough to handle), then remove skin and bones, and cut into chunks, to add back into soup.

6). Add tomato paste, caraway seeds, noodles or corn, and cook for an additional 5-8 minutes.


Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream if desired.

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  • September 21, 2012
    5:00 pm

    Yum! That looks so good. Thanks for the recipe. So cool that you know and hung out with Nile!

  • September 22, 2012
    1:31 pm

    Chicken soup always warms me up and makes me feel that all is well, even on less than wonderful days. I never get tired of chicken soup or vegetable soup and try to have some of each on hand so I can have soup every day for lunch when the weather cools off. Comfort in a bowl, what more could you ask for?

  • September 22, 2012
    7:46 pm

    The best chicken soup hands down… the only chicken soup I’ve been tempted to try after 20 years of not eating chicken! His smile and sparkle in his eye in all the photos shout someone that is the king of joie de vivre. I envy anyone knowing someone like that! To work with the people and talent he has… amazing. My fave would have to be Modern Love.

  • September 22, 2012
    1:07 pm

    I have to say, this is one recipe I crave and never get tired of. So warm and comforting on a cold winter day!

  • September 23, 2012
    12:25 am

    While Nile looks to be up to plotting some mischief in the photo, so does the young lady right next to him – looking quite agreeable, lol!!!

    • September 23, 2012
      6:01 am

      I think that’s why we’d all get along a little too well Eldwenne! LOL

      • September 24, 2012
        6:53 am

        You KNOW it, Rach!!

  • September 23, 2012
    11:46 am

    Some day I’ll tell you all the story of a young lady who sipped a few too many beers and was visiting another country where she encountered the border police in the wee hours of the morning whilst pretending to be a car. LOL

    • September 23, 2012
      12:13 pm

      Ruth??? NO WAY! LOL I can’t wait to hear that tale!

    • September 24, 2012
      6:53 am

      Ok, I’m all ears – SPILL IT!

  • September 25, 2012
    9:55 am

    That was in my much younger days! Four of us went out for a few sips that turned into far too many sips. Since we were in a border town across from where we lived, it was easier and less expensive to walk through the border and call a taxi on the other side. For whatever reason, we decided to pretend that the four of us were in a car. Since we were crossing a bridge that had surveillance cameras, the border patrol had been watching us for a while and we had put on quite a show for them, doing the can can and an assortment of other little dances. So, as we drove up to the border in car formation, the guards lined up to meet us. When the first one asked if we had anything to declare, the young lady pretending to be the driver said “Yes, it’s in the trunk”. Suffice it to say we got a lecture about being out so late (4 a.m.) and about walking alone (well, there were four of us). I think that was the episode that convinced me that drinking was not such a good idea. My blood sugar was a problem back then and the day after this little spree was pretty miserable. My fault and I own up to it. But, it was rather funny at the time.

    • September 28, 2012
      7:58 am

      OMG CRYING laughing here…. “yes, its in the trunk” I can just imagine what the guards were thinking watching the whole thing. ahh Ruth you made my day LOL