Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Easy Soup Recipe

Today's recipe is one I have wanted to try for awhile and liked even longer. This is the soup recipe that Kristin always brings to the family soup dinners/parties. It comes from a cookbook that I already have. On Saturday I made the "Vegetable cheese chowder" from "Christmas Recipes From The Lion House". The Lion House is a local Salt Lake resturant.
I cut the recipe in 1/2 (which is how I have written it.) Also, I have written how I changed it for my family.

Vegetable Cheese Chowder
from Christmas Recipes From The Lion House cookbook via Kristin Homer (I adapted it slightly)

2 cups cubed potatoes
1 cup diced carrots (! used 1 1/2 cups course grated carrots-see note)
1 cup chopped celery (Not for us. Leslie hates celery. See note.)
1/4 cup chopped onion (Sorry, Mark)
1 tea. salt
2 cups water
frozen broccoli florets
1 1/2 table. chicken base
1 3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup margarine (I used 2 table.)
1/4 cup flour
1 teas. dry mustard
1/2 lb. procressed American cheese (I used 8 slices-UNWRAPPED)

Cook in soup pot until tender, potatoes, carrots, (celery if desired), onion, salt and water

Add and simmer about 5 mins. frozen broccoli, chicken base, margarine and 3/4 cup of milk

In shaker jar mix remaining 1 cup of milk, 1/4 cup flour and dry mustard. Shake well and add to soup. Stir until thickened. It does not take very long.

Stir in until melted 8 -10 slices of cheese.

Notes-I almost always use coursely grated carrots in recipes. (And I add them A LOT to recipes that do not call for carrots.) I buy them already grated at most grocery stores.
If you help in the kitchen, I will try to adapt my recipes for you.hence no celery. If I leave it out I add more potatoes and carrots in this case,
I did not add the broccoli to the soup. (Doug) I cooked it and served it at the side.
Results-Big hit. Doug loved it. Leslie loved it. Hilary loved it and took the left-overs for lunch. One thing I liked about this recipe is that American cheese is lower in fat (and portion controlled). I bet I could serve the cheese at the side and just add my own slice to my bowl of hot soup. hmmm.

I made the white bread from the "Kneadlessly Simple" (by Nancy Baggett) bread book yesterday. It worked much better this time. (The first time I made it I had a migraine and went to bed early. A daughter cooked it for me. She told me she forgot to lower the pre-heat temperature. Maybe this caused my problem?) Anyway, the white bread was enjoyed. Today I am baking the everyday oatmeal raisin honey bread. We really liked the flavour of the oatmeal raisin bread. I used golden raisins. The bread cuts better the 2nd day. On Thursday I started my pizza dough for pizza on Friday. I still have this library book for 2 more weeks.

The no-knead method is a 2 day process. (I love it. There is alot of freedom for baking the bread and you do not knead to be home during the whole process.) OOn day 1 you assemble your bread. On day 2 you shape and bake. (I have put this book on my list to buy. Harder since I am trying to live with my budgeted cash. A side note-My cash plan works well with this Sandy, Ut discovery that 2 gas stations here have had problems with debit/credit cards. A bad guy/guys found a way to get card #s from the pump machines.)


Rachel Washburn said...

This one looks delicious! I love all your olympic ideas they are all so fun. My sister made your chicken enchilada soup yesterday and said it was delicious! Thanks for all the recipes we love them!

Lindsay Quinney said...

I absolutely LOVE this soup! I wish David liked soup more so I could try all of these recipes. Maybe the key is so make them so he can learn to like them more.

Emily said...


Zion And Missy said...

Another great looking and sounding soup. I am not a fan of American cheese. Would it still be good with cheddar maybe? Also, 2 1/2 (teaspoon or tablespoon) of chicken base; which I really like. My new favorite to use in the kitchen. :)

Leslie said...

Umm.. I never tried that one. I think you mixed me up with another child. I was gone all weekend.

michelle said...

Hi, Missy. I added table. You could add cheddar cheese but, then you would have a more traditional Broccoli potao cheese soup. I think you will like it in this. You can get a brand name "plastic" (American) cheese for under $2.00. You can use the extra for grilled cheese for the kiddles. (Or for creamier mac n cheese, add a slice of American cheese. If you try it, let me know what you think.

michelle said...

Rachel, Thank-you for commenting. I am glad your sister liked it. I have some fun new things coming up. Invite her to be a follower. I hope you are feeling better soon.

Zion And Missy said...

Way to go Idaho! The cinnamon crunch kettle corn was very hard to make (without your popcorn popper). I just used my little ol' pan with a splatter guard over the top. The first "batch" I made BURNT!!! With the sugar, heat too high, and holding Tia in my arms while trying not to burn her, me, or the did not work. I tried it again, turned the heat down a little bit and it turned out perfect! It does taste just like kettle corn. I do love that I can make this without a gadget I have to buy. This one is a keeper. Thanks.

Zion And Missy said...

Another down.....Zion and my neighbor liked the popper dip. I do not like peppers, but I would like this dip if I did! Thanks for the awesome recipes. Keep 'em comin'.

Emily said...

Are you way opposed to peppers or are you just not a big fan? Cuz I think the other ingredients make the peppers more mild. It is a really good blend! Although I like peppers so maybe I'm not a good judge:)

michelle said...

I wish I could loan you my popper, Missy. The picture of you without it was funny. I am glad you got it to work. Thank-you for sharing your experiences. I appreciate the feedback. m.

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