Eating is a necessity. However, we choose what to eat. The choices we make reveal a great deal about us. The food you eat can tell quite a bit about your heritage, your family, your fears, your sense of adventure, your attitude toward yourself and others, and a myriad of other personal tidbits to anyone paying attention. Everything about eating is a glimpse into your soul.

I hope to reveal a little bit about myself to you through my food. I enjoy cooking. I enjoy eating. I find pleasure in bringing pleasure to others. I hope that by sharing my recipes I bring you a little bit of joy.

Cook my food. Feed it to the people you love.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cream of Broccoli Soup

The other day it was raining out and a little dreary.  I wanted cream of broccoli soup and a cheese sandwich.  We didn’t have cream of broccoli soup, but we did have a huge head of broccoli.  I figured how hard can it be to make soup?  Not hard at all, it turns out.

Servings: 6-8
Time:  Prep: 10 minutes; Cook: 20-30 minutes
Hardware:  Measuring spoons and cups, a cutting board and knives, a large soup pot, an immersion blender (or blender, or food processor), a small skillet, a whisk, a wooden spoon, a ladle, serving bowls


  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 medium onion (½ cup chopped)
  • 2 + 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups of chopped broccoli
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup half and half
  • S& P to taste
  • Shredded cheddar cheese and croutons for garnish

  1. Wash and chop the broccoli.  I use the stems, too.  Just make sure to cut the stem into small pieces. Set aside.
  2. Dice the onion and celery. 
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter on medium high and sauté the onions and celery until the onions are translucent.  Stir occasionally.  Everything should be bubbling, bot browning. This should take about five minutes.
  4. Add the broccoli and broth and bring to a boil.  Boil for 10-15 minutes or until the broccoli is tender.
  5. Using the immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth.  You can use a regular blender, but make sure that you tilt the lid or hold it down with a tea towel.  If you don’t the lid will blow off and make a big mess.
  6. In the small skillet heat the remaining butter and flour on medium.  You are now making a roux. Whisk constantly until the roux is a golden, buttery color. Stir the roux into the soup.  Boil for another minute or two.
  7. Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the half and half.  S&P to taste.
  8. To serve, ladle the soup into serving bowls.  Top with cheddar cheese and 5-6 croutons

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