February82012

Beer Cheese Soup in Bread Bowls

A new post!  And a delicious one at that.  I mentioned this would be coming soon in the bacon chocolate chip cookies post, and, well, I over estimated my timing again, but what are you going to do?  Anyway, as usual, this started with a request of Charlie’s.  He’s quite sure Bread Bowls are man’s greatest invention.  And what could be better than Beer Cheese Soup?  (Also, he has a not-so-secret plan to broaden my food horizons by getting me to like soup.  I like beer, and cheese, so why not together?)  I googled my way around the internet and came up with a couple options.  The soup recipe was set pretty quickly, but the bread bowls took a bit.  Sourdough seemed to be a common choice, but I didn’t have the time to make the starter, so back to the searching I went.  

The only change I made to this soup recipe http://www.evilshenanigans.com/2011/09/apple-oktoberfest-cheese-soup/ was that I used Leinies Nutbrown Ale instead…because it’s what we had in the house.

As for the bread bowls, I used this recipe: http://www.gettingfreedom.net/2011/02/make-your-own-bread-bowls.html but I don’t have a Kitchenaid mixer, so I kneaded them by hand, and I only needed to bake mine for about 12 minutes as opposed to the 20-25 they specify.

Oh…and PS:  I, disliker of many of my concoctions…  LIKED this.  Crazy!

December62011

Beer Braised Beef with Onions

My lovely mother-in-law gave us a whole bunch of beef when we visited last.  It’s finally getting cold out, and cold just begs for a nice roast in the crock pot.  We also were left with some bad beer after our Halloween party…but neither Charlie nor I can get rid of it.  Neither can we drink it.  It just sits in our fridge.  So I had to come up with some way of using it up…  So a roast seemed the way to go.  I know it would be better with a better beer…but as our budget allows for alcohol only rarely, it’s hard to be willing to use up one of the good ones on something (anything!) other than drinking it…  so bad beer went with the roast.  I’m not willing to name the beer.  I’m too ashamed it’s in our house to do that, let alone to admit that I used it.  Again to the internet, again to another food blog.  Thanks to all these wonderful people who like to cook as much as I do, and are more adept in their experimenting.  Some day all my posts will be my own inventions.  Until then, go here:  http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/08/beer-braised-beef-with-onions/

She takes better pictures than I do as well, but here are mine anyway…

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