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    Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup Copycat Recipe
    Makes about 4 servings

    1/2 stick of butter (1/4 cup)
    1/2 of a medium yellow onion, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 cups half and half (or 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of heavy cream)
    3 cups chicken stock
    1/4 cup corn starch
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    2 bay leaves
    1 large carrot, peeled and chopped small
    4 cups broccoli florets (about 1 head)
    2 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)
    Salt and Pepper to taste

    Cook the butter, onion, and garlic on about medium heat until tender.

    Slowly add the half and half and chicken stock. Mix the corn starch with a little bit of water until there are no clumps and add it to the rest. Add the nutmeg and bay leaves and cook on medium low until thickened.

    Add the carrot and broccoli and simmer until tender. Discard the bay leaves. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

    (I pureed this to make the broccoli bits smaller and remove the need to chew. I also didn't have heavy cream nor half-n-half so I just used whole milk.)

    The Panera Bread restaurant serves this in a delicious bread bowl. Here is the recipe for the bread bowl when you are feeling adventurous. Also very nice for a family / friend shared winter lunch.


    Quick and Easy Bread Bowls
    Makes 3 big bowls

    1 1/2 cups warm water (Between 105F and 115F, hot enough to keep your finger in comfortably)
    2 tablespoons instant dry yeast
    1 tablespoon white sugar
    3 1/2 cups bread flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    A spray bottle of water

    Combine the water and yeast. Let sit for a couple minutes. Add the sugar and flour and knead for 10 minutes by hand or with stand mixer with dough hook attachment. Add the salt.

    Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place for about half and hour.
    Preheat the oven to 500F. Divide the dough into three lumps. Stretch each one into a tight ball, pinching the bottom with your fingers and sealing it off by twisting it on the counter.

    Place on a greased baking sheet. Score the top and sprinkle with some salt. Spray with a spray bottle of water and allow to rise 15 more minutes.

    Place in the oven. After 2 minutes, open the oven, spray the bread bowls with the spray bottle and turn the heat to 425F. Continue to bake 18 more minutes or until done.

    To cut the bread bowls, use a knife to cut a circle directly downwards, then pull it out.


    From Yammie's Noshery -

    http://www.yammiesnoshery.com/2013/1...ddar-soup.html

    http://www.yammiesnoshery.com/2013/1...ead-bowls.html

    Enjoy!
    "May you know that absence is full of tender presence and that nothing is ever lost or forgotten." John O'Donahue, "Eternal Echoes"

    Death is not a changing of worlds as most imagine, as much as the walls of this world infinitely expanding.

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    No brainer chicken soup

    Because I like things as simple and yummy as possible. No gourmet am I

    I start with low sodium chicken stock 1 carton

    Add a regular sodium stock 1 carton

    Add in lots of veggies cut small (celery, carrot, whatever you want)

    simmer over med-low heat till veggies are tender.

    At the last minute add whatever kind of noodles, or rice or barley you want. (as they take less time to cook)

    Don't over do it as it will soak up a lot of the stock, then add more chicken stock when you want to reheat some, to thin it up a bit or if the carbs soak up too much.

    Seems to work for sick days around here.
    Sharlene and the late great diva - Molly muffin (always missed and never forgotten)

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    Song, just wanted to let you know that I made your Portuguese Sausage and Kale soup last night and it was a huge hit with both hubby and me!!

    I made two slight changes. I had a can of fire-roasted tomatoes sitting on the counter, so threw those in. I debated, because I knew that adding tomatoes would change the flavor a bit, but the broth still turned out super good. Also, I added mini-penne pasta in place of the rice. Because the pasta swelled and soaked up more broth than the rice would have, it probably turned out a bit thicker than your original recipe. As Rachael Ray would say, it was more like a "stew-p" than a soup. But totally yummy! There's still enough left over for our dinner tonight.

    Thanks so much for this recipe. As hubby says, "It's a keeper!"

    Marianne

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    I have a recipe that will make your cooking experience much more enjoyable and if your first try at the recipes in prior posts don't work out too well, no matter....you won't care as much if you make this recipe first and sip it while you make your masterpiece.

    Applebee's Perfect Margarita (I got the recipe from the bartender and it is perfect!)

    In addition to the essential liquids, you'll need a cocktail shaker, lime wedge for garnish, olives, martini glasses and margarita salt.

    1/2 oz Cointreau

    1/2 oz Grand Marnier

    1 1/4 oz Cuervo 1800 Tequila

    4 oz Sweet and Sour mix (you can buy this at the grocery store or liquor store)

    1 oz Simple Syrup (this is just one part sugar to one part water. Boil the water and add sugar until dissolved. I make up a bunch and store it in the reefer for future use.)

    1 1/4 oz fresh lime juice

    Add above ingredients to shaker, add ice, shake well and strain into a martini glass with or without salt on the rim, garnish with a lime wedge, drop in an olive and you are ready for the smoothest margarita you've ever tasted. My mouth is watering typing this.

    Tip: Put your alcohol in the freezer and the other liquids in the reefer several hours before you make these so that they are good and cold. This also keeps the ice melt to a minimum so as to not water down your drink.

    P.S. You can make this with your choice of tequila and it will be perfect for you.

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    Bless you Glynda.

    LOL
    Sharlene and the late great diva - Molly muffin (always missed and never forgotten)

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    WUBARITAS!!!
    "May you know that absence is full of tender presence and that nothing is ever lost or forgotten." John O'Donahue, "Eternal Echoes"

    Death is not a changing of worlds as most imagine, as much as the walls of this world infinitely expanding.

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    One of my mom's quick meals - an all time favorite of mine and oh so easy to fix!

    Bean and Bacon Sandwich

    Ingredients-

    Bacon
    American cheese
    sliced bread
    Pork-N-Beans

    Instructions -

    Fry bacon as usual, drain well.

    Heat beans in a pot

    Put one slice of American cheese per slice of bread and toast til cheese is melted.

    Place slices or crumbles of bacon over melted cheese then cover the whole thing with beans

    Grab a fork and ENJOY!
    "May you know that absence is full of tender presence and that nothing is ever lost or forgotten." John O'Donahue, "Eternal Echoes"

    Death is not a changing of worlds as most imagine, as much as the walls of this world infinitely expanding.

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    Yay! Good job Marianne!
    That's the beauty of this recipe. You can revise this recipe to your likings with some ingredients and I'm glad to hear that you used some type of tomatoes (you are so smart) because I always add either a small can of crushed or diced tomatoes AND some cut up potatoes which deepens the flavor noticeably which evidently I forgot to note in my original post.
    In the place of rice you can also substitute with any of your favorite pasta including little tortellinis. Easy and sooo tasty and healthy.

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    If it comes out rather thick try to add more stock or water or both to the soup. Also in order to prevent the pasta going plump and mushy the next day, I boil pasta separately, keep them in refg. and add them whenever I am ready to heat them later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by My sweet Ginger View Post
    Also in order to prevent the pasta going plump and mushy the next day, I boil pasta separately, keep them in refg. and add them whenever I am ready to heat them later.
    DUH!!!!!! Great solution -- can't believe I never thought of doing that!

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