The journey begins…..

3 Jan

Random observation and pet peeve: recipes that do not list ingredients in the order for which they should be added!

This recipe is from Favorite Recipes in any Language, a cookbook from the friends and members of the Association of Children’s Health Care – Minneapolis (1996). Once upon a time the hospital had a thriving auxiliary (1958- 2017) with chapters named for storybook characters. An annual gala featured dinner and a craft fair. I was a proud member of first, Johnny Appleseed, which later combined forces with Mary Poppins. This recipe was contributed by Chari Eckmann, Little Women Chapter.

Sadly, I was unable to find this cookbook available for purchase anywhere. Proceeds from the book funded a video link between the NICU at Children’s Hospital and the mother’s room at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

This is a great winter soup. Hearty and flavorful. Good for company. Keep it warm in a slow cooker. I used to serve a version of this soup at Sandler New Year’s Day open houses.

Beer Cheese Soup

½ cup butter

½ cup minced onion

2/3 cup flour

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

4 cups milk

12 ounce can beer

1 10 ¾ ounce can chicken broth

3 cups finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

In a large kettle, cook onion in butter until soft. Blend in flour and seasonings. Gradually stir in broth, milk and beer. Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Add cheese, stirring and heating until smooth.

Garnishes: popcorn, croutons, minced parsley, chives, chopped green onion, crumbled bacon, additional shredded cheese

Tips: Use a wire whisk to make sure mixture is smooth. Avoid purchasing already shredded cheese. Yes, it’s convenient, but it is tossed with cornstarch or other ingredients to keep it from sticking. I use a mini KitchenAid food processor for small jobs like this – a Cusinart 12-cup Food Processor for bigger ones. Invest in “tools” you will use over and over. Just sayin….

NOTE: Any soup is better the next day so plan ahead!

Please leave comments or questions! Back tomorrow….thanks for checking in!

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