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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

When in the mood for a cheesy comforting soup, I decided to make Broccoli Cheddar Soup. It has cheese AND vegetables! What could be better?!

I was inspired to make this soup after a trip to Panera with my brother. He always gets broccoli cheddar soup in a bread bowl. I had a bite of his soup and it was quite tasty. Instead of trying to find a Panera copycat recipe, I did a quick google search. The first recipe that came up was a food network recipe, so I was sold. It was titled “Almost Famous Broccoli-Cheddar Soup” and after reading the title, my mouth began to water.

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At this point, the soup was still cooking. After this picture was taken, I used an immersion blender to blend everything to a silky smooth texture. You can also blend it in a blender in small batches if you don’t have an immersion blender.

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Almost ready to put the finishing touches on the soup.

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Time to pour in the cheese. Don’t worry, I didn’t skimp on the cheese. This picture was taken after already pouring in some cheese and whisking it in!

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I ended up adding some cayenne pepper and extra black pepper to the finished product to give it a bit more zip! Unfortunately, I didn’t have sourdough bread bowls, but I did have sourdough bread. My husband has been buying multi-grain sourdough bread from Trader Joe’s recently and let me tell you, it’s one of the best breads I’ve ever tasted! It also has very few ingredients (read: fresh and containing no preservatives or additives). Pick up a similar bread at the grocery store and it’ll contain weird ingredients you never knew they put in bread! But, I digress…

We served the finished product with the multi-grain sourdough bread and it was delicious. The recipe makes a fairly large amount of soup, but it was so good that we finished in the next day.

I give the finished product 5 stars! Here’s the link to the recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/almost-famous-broccoli-cheddar-soup-recipe.html

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The Revival of this blog and Lentil Soup

I’ve been away from blogging for a bit and started to miss it. My last post was August of last year. What can I say? Life gets busy. I’m happy to announce that I became engaged in September of last year and am in wedding planning mode. Despite all this, I’m going to give another go at blogging. My posts may not be as detailed as before and the number of items I focus on may be fewer, but I will attempt to continue it.

The other day I made lentil soup. I have not made this before, so I found a recipe from Alton Brown: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/lentil-soup-recipe/index.html. The spices in his recipe were: salt, coriander, cumin, and grains of paradise. So, what the heck is grains of paradise? Apparently it’s a cross between pepper and ginger and Alton Brown likes it so much that he keeps a separate grinder full of them

I attempted to find this spice at Penzey’s spices, a local store I was sure would have what I seeked. However, they did not have it. For this recipe, I used ground cardamom and pepper as a substitute. Meanwhile, my fiance ordered some grains of paradise so we can use it in the future. Alton Brown keeps the spice on hand and even keeps a special grinder just for it, so I’m definitely willing to try it out.

The lentil soup was quite tasty, though I don’t have any picture this time. I’d give it 4 and a half stars!