When I was three years old my family moved to Rochester, New York, from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and found ourselves living next door to the most wonderful family ever. They welcomed us to the neighborhood and into their home, and 20 years later, they are as close to my family as any of my relatives.
Marilyn, Jim, and their daughter Johanna have always been my biggest fans. Every accomplishment I’ve ever made, they’ve been there, rooting me on. It’s nice to have a support group that’s only a few minutes away, and when my mother and I don’t always see eye to eye (that only happens when Jupiter and Mercury are in alignment), it helps to have some adults take my side.
As my extended family is scattered up and down the East coast, my mother, sister and I would spend most of our holidays with Marilyn’s family. I must have been very young when we spent our first Passover together because I don’t remember eating matzo ball soup for the first time, but as far back as I can recall, it’s always been my favorite food.
For a picky eater, one of your biggest concerns is getting enough to eat. If you’re sitting at the dinner table and you don’t like what’s served to you, chances are you’re going to be eating cereal again or going to bed hungry. I’ve never had that problem with matzo ball soup. Every year I eagerly anticipate stuffing my face with fluffy matzo balls until I have to unbutton my pants, and every year Marilyn has made the most incredible soup from scratch. She taught me how to make it years ago (it’s easy!), and now I’m going to share it with you, so that you can make it yourselves! Continue reading
What do you do when you mother goes shopping at BJ’s and comes home with 10 pounds of potatoes and 6 quarts of chicken broth? Why, you make potato cheddar soup, of course!
So a few weekends ago, while I was puttering around the house in my pajamas, I started looking at what else I had in my cupboards that I could use to make the soup.
Bacon? Now we’re getting somewhere!
I apologize for all the soup recipes that I’ve been posting, but I just can’t stop making them! 🙂
You will need:
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3/4 white onion, chopped (the recipe called for 1/2 but I added a little extra. Sorry Ken!)
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups water
- a handful of baby carrots, diced (or 2 large ones)
- 4 stalks celery, diced
- several cloves (5-6) of garlic, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons chicken soup base
- 1 cup warm water
- 5 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (I added close to 1 and 1/2)
- 6-10 slices crisp cooked bacon, crumbled
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Then add the diced onions and sauté until translucent.
Don’t you just love that smell? Continue reading
Oh. My. Gosh. This soup was the most fantastic thing to ever come out of my kitchen, and that’s putting it mildly.
Let me put it a different way: I could live off of this indulgent, creamy soup, and are you surprised? We all know how much I love brie.
Hm, I’m still not getting the message across. *runs to mountain top* I LOVE THIS SOUPPPPPPP!!!!!
There, I think you understand now 🙂
You will need:
(Recipe taken straight from Gimme Some Oven, no changes were made.)
- 2 heads of roasted garlic
- 7 ounces Brie, rind removed and chopped
- 2 ribs celery, finely diced
- 1 medium onion, finely diced
- 1 medium carrot, finelly diced
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/4 cup flour
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped (or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme)
- 1 tsp. fresh oregano, chopped (or 1/2 tsp. dried oregano)
- optional: fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
Start by cutting the tops off of a head of garlic, and peel the outermost layer off. Leaving the bulbs in their little paper shells, rub the outsides with olive oil, wrap in tinfoil and bake in the oven at 400° for 35-40 minutes.