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Cream of Broccoli Soup

I've started to crave soups so fall is definitely in the air!!  I have always been a huge fan of cream of broccoli soup, but have only made it with lots of cheese and little broccoli.  Well this time I used broccoli and even some of the stems.  It turned out delicious!  I couldn't stop with just one bowl!! Cream of Broccoli Soup from Allrecipes 5 Tablespoons butter (divided) 1 cup onions, chopped 1 stalk celery, diced 8 cups broccoli 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth 3 Tablespoons flour 2 cups milk Pepper to taste. Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in a large pot over medium high heat, then saute the onion and celery until tender.  Add broccoli and broth and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the broccoli is tender about 10 minutes. Working in batches, pour some of the soup into the blender, but do not fill it more than half way.  Hold down the lid with a folded kitchen towel, start blender , using a few quick pulses, to blend it up a bit.  Pour into a l

Patty Melts

Interesting fact that I had only heard about Patty Melts and had never actually tried one.  I had made the Potato Cheese Herb Bread  and decided it was time to try this so called sandwich out.  Well verdict in....IT WAS AMAZING!! Fairly simple to put together, it was delicious and a HUGE hit with the family! I will be making these again and again!!  Patty Melts Made 6 medium size sandwiches 1 pound hamburger 1 medium onion, sliced 3-4 fresh mushrooms sliced (Optional) 2 Tablespoon butter 12 slices of bread softened butter or butter spread 6 slices of cheese  heat. In a skillet over medium heat melt butter and add the onions, mushrooms and a pinch of sugar (my grandma's trick), Saute until golden brown, stirring occasionally  It takes about 20 minutes.  Remove from heat. While onions are cooking form your hamburger in to patties to fit the size of your bread.  Season with salt and pepper. Cook patties in a separate skillet until they are cooked through. Butter one

Potato Cheese Herb Bread

As you all know I am a huge fan of homemade bread.  This time I was in the mood for something a little different.  It turned out fabulous!  My whole family loved it.  The combination of flavors was delicious! The secret ingredient (potatoes) made it a moist and light bread. Potato Cheese Herb Bread (Makes approximately 3 loaves) 2 1/2 cups lukewarm water 4 1/2 teaspoons yeast 4 Tablespoons sugar 1 (4oz) package Idahoan Four Cheese Mashed Potatoes 4 Tablespoons olive oil 3 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon thyme 1 teaspoon basil 1 teaspoon oregano 5-6 cups flour 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or cheese or your choice) Add the water, yeast and sugar to the bowl.  Mix and allow to "proof" for about five minutes.  Start mixer and add poatoes, olive oil, salt, and spices.  Mix and then add 3 cups flour.  Continue mixing and adding flour until the dough is formed and is pulling away from the sides of the bowl. (I needed 6 cups).  Then add the cheese.  Mix until combined

Tomato Bisque

I love tomato soup, the creamier the better.  So when I had a taste of tomato bisque I knew I had to try and recreate it.  It is amazing!!  Creamy and full of flavor.  It will make people think you slaved in your kitchen all day, but it is so simple to make.  It is almost better the next day when all the flavors have had time to mix a bit more. Even my picky eater LOVES this soup!!  Tomato Bisque (I usually double the recipe) 1 Tablespoon olive oil 2 cups water 4 Teaspoons chicken bouillon or 4 cubes 1/2 cup celery, diced 1/4 cup carrots. diced 2 Tablespoons chopped onion 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon basil 3/4 teaspoon parsley 1/4 teaspoon dill weed (optional) 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 cans (14 oz) diced tomatoes 1-2 fresh tomatoes diced 1 cup cream or half and half 1/2 Tablespoon butter (Optional)\ Heat oil in a large saucepan.  Add celery, carrots, onion and garlic.  Saute for about 5 minutes or until softened just a bit.  Add water.  Sti