‘Recipes’ category

Move over Panera. This is the Best Broccoli-Cheese Soup You’ll ever Taste.

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Soup is the perfect comfort food when it’s damp and cold outside.  I really just want to hibernate with my thick socks tucked under a warm blanket this time of year.

But while I’m hibernating, I love to cozy up with my family over a good movie and eat the world’s best Broccoli-Cheese Soup.    Because broccoli and cheese were meant to be together.  This soup is rich and creamy, with large bites of broccoli that blend nicely with the cheese.  It’s a one-pot, no mixer kind of recipe that takes just a few minutes to make.  Just my style. 

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Heart Warming Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

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With the temperatures finally dropping I love to make a hearty soup for dinner, and this soup is the most comfort of comfort foods.  I have two favorite soups – this Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup and my mom’s Broccoli and Cheese (coming soon on the blog).  Both equally delicious.  My precious friend Stephanie gave me this recipe a couple of years ago, and in addition to making it about once a week during the fall and winter, it’s also become our pre-Thanksgiving meal.  You know, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving when all of the family arrives, but it’s not quite turkey time.  My amazing family gobbles it up.

I also really like this soup because it’s made in the crockpot.  I leave for work in the morning, turn it on, and arrive to my home filled with the wonderful smell of a good meal, ready to eat.  That’s great news for a busy mom.

I’m so mushy sentimental, so I also like serving this soup in my favorite brown Spode dishes that came from Aunt Marguerite.  I’m sure it gives the soup extra spice, just like her.

Here’s the recipe for this great meal.

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Ingredients

  1. 4 1/2 cups chicken broth
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  4. 1 package rice-a-roni long grain and wild rice (this is the secret weapon)
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 1/2 tsp pepper
  7. 1/2 cup flour
  8. 1/2 cup butter
  9. 2 cups half and half
  10. 1 cup diced carrots
  11. 1 cup diced celery

Directions

Combine broth, water, carrots, celery, chicken, and rice (with seasoned packet) in crockpot.  Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.  Take out the chicken and shred it.  Return it to the pot.  In a small bowl combine salt, pepper, and flour.  In a medium saucepan melt the butter.  Stir in the flour mix by tablesppon to form a roux.  Whisk in the cream a little at a time until incorporated.  Stir the cream mix into the cooker and let cook on low for 15 minutes.

I like to serve this soup with a great blue cheese salad and warm baguette.  It’s sure to warm you up and keep the conversation going over a special dinner with friends.

If you are interested in more fall recipes and decorating tips, you can find them here and here.

Enjoy!

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My oh-so-yummy, no-bake Pumpkin & Cream Cheese Dip

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It’s fall, y’all!  We have lots going on, and I’m loving every minute of it.  My guest room is turning over quickly between visits, and that’s just how I like it.  With lots of entertaining this time of year I’m always in search of simple recipes that are easy to follow and require very few ingredients.

Recently my oh-so-yummy, no-bake pumpkin & cream cheese dip has been a huge hit. Ssshhhh…I don’t really care for pumpkin, but even the non-pumpkin eaters in my life (like me) indulge in this treat.

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Donuts with my Darlings

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One of my best memories from childhood is Saturday morning donuts.  I thought they were the best treats ever, and I was very proud of my works of art.  I’m certain we had powdered sugar and chocolate icing from head to toe when we were done, but the memories were so worth the clean up.

Recently one Sunday afternoon the girls and I gave it a go.  They were pretty excited to wear their sweet little aprons and to cut the donut holes, while I did the frying.  And yes, the powdered sugar was head toe when we finished, but those donuts were just as good as I remembered.  Thanks Mom for the new family tradition.

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Dangerously Delicious Chocolate Chip Bread

This dangerously, delicious bread will have them asking for the recipe every single time.  Thanks to a sweet friend Diana who gave me this recipe at my wedding shower, I’ve probably made this bread no less than 200 times.  It’s a no fail, can’t go wrong kind of recipe with 7 ingredients.  So simple!

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Here’s the recipe.

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