Showing posts with label broccoli. Show all posts
Showing posts with label broccoli. Show all posts

Monday, October 24, 2011

Creature from the Deep Soup!

This soup is the perfect soup for your Halloween buffet. It is spooky, has green stuff, and is covered in goo!  It will also keep you warm when you are trick or treating.
Creature from the Deep, Soup
5 tablespoons Butter, divided
1 small Onion
1 stalk Celery
3 cups Chicken Base  
8 cups Broccoli Florets
3 tablespoons Flour 
  2 cups Milk
 Black Pepper
2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Chop up the stalk of celery into bite size pieces.
Chop the onion also.
Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter and saute the onion and celery
in a large pot. Cook until tender.
Make base according to directions . I love to use
Tone's Chicken Base. To get the 3 cups we need, I just 
mixed 3 teaspoons of base with 3 cups of rolling boiling 
water. Tone's has a great flavor, and it is easy to store 
in the refrigerator. Add the broth to the pot.
Chop up the broccoli into small bite size pieces. 
Cut all excess stalk off of the broccoli.
Add broccoli to the pot.
Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
In a small saucepan, add 3 tablespoons of butter, and the flour.
Then add the milk, stirring until thick and bubbly.
Add to soup. Mix.
Add cheddar cheese, and stir.
The heat will help the cheese melt, 
and it will become creamy.

Thanks for joining me!
Next up~ Yummy Mummy Calzones!!

See you then!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Steamed Broccoli!

This week I switched the soup/salad portion of our weekly meals to include a vegetable. Today the vegetable is steamed broccoli. I chose broccoli because it has one of the highest amounts of antioxidants of all vegetables. It's just good, and good for you. This dish requires very little in the way of ingredients making it a good dish for a freshman cook. But it's not the easiest dish. Close attention is needed to the steaming process to produce the best tasting broccoli, because over cooking can ruin it.
Steamed Broccoli
Fresh Broccoli
The broccoli I used today is a broccoli crown. It means that the 
stalk has been cut down before you buy it. 
Crowns are generally a little more money, because you are not 
getting the stem, but unless you want to use the stem to make soup
they are usually thrown away.
Trim the crown by cutting bite size pieces of broccoli away from the crown.
I could not find my steamer anywhere, so I had to improvise.
All I needed was something to raise the broccoli above the water.
I used metal cookie cutters and made two layers.
I put water in the pan, about 2" of it.
Then I put the broccoli on the top of the cutters
It worked great!
Put a lid on the pan, and bring the water to a boil.
Let the broccoli steam for 10 minutes. Take a piece out
and check to see if it is tender by sticking a knife in a stem.
When the broccoli is done, top it with a pat of butter.

Thank you for joining me today!

Due to problems I had with obtaining some of the ingredients I need for 
the appetizer this week, I had to switch days, making the vegetable today and 
I will be making the appetizer tomorrow.

I appreciate your patience with my scatterbrain!

See you tomorrow!