Broccoli Cheese Soup

There are only two kinds of soup that absolutely need to be served out of a bread bowl. Clam chowder, and broccoli cheese.

Last night, though it wasn’t as cold as I would have liked for soup, we had home-made broccoli cheese soup – in a bread bowl. I saw a pin from one of my girlfriends for a recipe that was supposed to be better than Panera’s version. Therefore, I had to try it.

The ingredients were simple, and the method was simple, and it was pretty much amazing. Though Panera’s is amazing too. This is just amazing in a different way. This was the first time I have ever used cardamom in cooking, and I enjoyed the flavor. It was a sweet, salty, smoky flavor all at once. I think next time though, I would probably add just a little more nutmeg. I am definitely curious to see what other kinds of recipes use cardamom as well though because I bet they’re pretty tasty.

Surprisingly, the fiance didn’t say there was too much cheese! Go figure. I’ll convert him yet. My next adventure is to learn how to make the bread for the bread bowls. I bought these from Wal-Mart for $3 a piece. Decent deal for the ginormous roll of bread, but I would still like to make my own.

By the way, I got the recipe off Mangio da Sola. Here’s the link to my version. Thanks!

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Dirty Bird Sketti

Last night for dinner, I decided to use one of the many cookbooks that I’ve bought with grand dreams of making amazing dishes. Well the one recipe that we picked was pretty amazing. Thank you Guy Fieri! And not only did I get to use one of my newer cookbooks, I also got to use three of my kitchen toys that I’ve never used! Cookbook holder works wonderfully well for making this easy to read while cooking, the immersion blender is messy but fun, and the avocado slicer works better if the avocado is riper. But none-the-less, last night’s meal added to my feeling of finally being settled.

Anyway, I made Guy’s “Dirty Bird Sketti,” and was skeptical as I did it. I started off by making his marinara sauce from scratch (and I may never buy marinara sauce ever again). That took about an hour. And then there was some bacon crisped, chicken spiced and browned, and then some onions in a sauce and pasta in a pot. And it was amazing. The spice rub that you make for the chicken makes a mild-tounged person like me worried that it’s going to be insanely spicy, but it’s not. It’s very well flavored with just a small kick of spice right at the end of it. What made it nice is that it uses a quarter cup of dry white wine in the sauce. Well, given that I’m not normally a white wine drinker, it’s not something I keep on hand. But since I only used a little of the bottle that I bought, we had enough to go quite nicely with the dinner.

My momma would be proud, because I made sure to put green stuff next to my Sketti, making for a well rounded meal.

So, given that I have high respect for Mr. Fieri as a chef (all of his recipes are just a little bit crazy and a lot of unexpected but insanely delicious), I’m not going to post the recipe. Go buy his book. It’s worth the $25 dollars I promise.

Lovely New Kitchen

My fiance and I just moved to a new home in a new state, a place neither of us have been to. It’s been an adventure to say the least! But in the new home is a lovely new kitchen – and when I say new, I mean only one prior tenant got to use it. And it’s amazing. It’s got beautiful cherry cabinets and a fantastic faux granite counter top. It came with a dishwasher, refrigerator, and even a microwave. And an electric stove.

My first thought about the stove was of disgust – every electric stove I’ve had the “pleasure” of working with was a disaster. The stupid coils were never straight and it was usually so ancient that it would take 20 minutes just to heat and forget about cooling it down while you’re cooking with it. But this one… This one is a flat top stove, and it heats up just as quickly as a gas stove does – and it doesn’t sit crooked! I think I can handle that.

So the first dish that I made in my lovely new kitchen with all of my lovely kitchen toys was pasta. The fiance asked for pasta. It was simple, elegant and delicious. I’m pretty sure I’ve made it before and posted it here, but no matter. It’s a go to pasta recipe. The second thing? Breakfast. French toast, based on a new recipe found with a quick Epicurious search. And finally, my new home was fragranced with the smell of chili – perfect for a chilly day.

I plan on making a whole slew of delicious things in my kitchen, I even bought a (on-sale!) immersion blender so I can attempt soup. And then I thought about the amazing Ghiradelli Peppermint Bark that only comes out around Christmas time. Wonder what I can do about trying to make that one?

I think I’m definitely going to enjoy my lovely new kitchen in my lovely new home. Even if it is ridiculously cold outside.