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!


Mozzarella Batch 1

For Christmas, my wonderful husband got me a cheese making kit.  Seriously perfect gift.  It can make 30 batches of mozzarella or ricotta.  And it’s easy and awesome.  Oh, and with my Christmas money I purchased a fantastic 2 gallon stock pot.  It’s yellow.  And it’s beautiful.  Pretty much the best Christmas ever (and you didn’t hear any of the rest of the awesome things I got…)  Here’s the cheese!



Cheese Bread

Last night was a Friday night.  I just feel like I need pizza on Friday nights.  I try not to buy that many frozen pizzas because a) I like to REALLY cook… and b) because frozen pizza isn’t that good for you.  So, we had no frozen pizza.  But I was very determined.  ”Maybe I could make homemade pizza!” I thought.  ”But, no pepperoni…but we do have sauce…and provolone…that could work instead of mozzarella, right?  OR…OR I could make cheese bread.  Yeah…cheese bread.  Mmm…with garlic butter!  Oh yeah…cheese bread…Hey Charlie, I was thinking of making some cheese bread with garlic butter, what do you think?”  Of course he said of course. :)  So, I made cheese bread.  The crust was the same as the pizza a while back, and then I took some of Penzey’s minced garlic (it’s dried) and ground it lightly with my mortar and pestle and mixed it with some softened salted butter.  Spread that on the crust, grated some provolone and some colby and baked it.  Delicious…and easy.  Good plan.


Roasted Peaches and Mascarpone Ice Cream

This is very likely one of the best, if not THE best thing I have posted on this site. Seriously. Absolutely, positively delicious. My sister sent me an email not long ago with three recipes in it. I think my keyboard at work needs replacing now I was drooling so much over them. Gosh do they sound good. So, she and my grandma came to visit on Sunday and I figured we’d go out to lunch (which we did. Mmmmmm Cafe Hollander), but I still wanted to make something for them. So I went with this one. Mostly because it required the least ingredients. And because I had TONS of mascarpone left over after the Agnopites and needed to use it up. Do keep in mind that if you don’t have an ice cream maker this is possible…but may have took me all Saturday to make. And by may, I mean did. It’s not hard, just time-consuming. Right now I’m way too tired to type every tiny direction. So I’m going to be lazy and copy the links. The first is to the recipe. The second to the directions for making ice cream without an ice cream maker.

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