Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Time for a cheese steak

There is a new Cheese Steak sandwich eatery that just opened up in downtown York, and I am for sure going to give it a try!  I love me some good cheese steak!!  I have been to Philly and I love both Pat's and Geno's (okay, okay, no comments from haters now).  I can't wait to try Neely and Miller's rendition of the cheese steak, btw, they actually use Cheese Whiz - which is THE cheese for a classic Philly.  This place is called the "Cheese Steak Spot."  Here is a link to a newpaper article about personal review, will soon follow!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Creamy Broccoli Four Cheese Soup

When my taste buds come in contact with something utterly delicious, I automatically ask for the recipe.  I was "wowed" by Jenny's version of the classic Broccoli soup, and now you can be too.

  • 1/2  Onion, Diced
  • 1 stick 
  • ⅓ cups Flour
  • 3 cups 1% Milk
  • 2 cups concentrated chicken broth (2 cups water/4 chicken bullion cubes- for extra flavor)
  • 2 cups Half-and-half
  • 3 large heads Broccoli Cut Into Florets
  • 1 pinch Nutmeg (I added a generous pinch - love the nutmeg :) )
  • 3 cups Grated Cheese (mild cheddar, monterary jack, American, pepper jack.)
  • Small Dash Of Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Melt butter in a pot over medium heat, then add the onions. Cook the onions for 3 to 4 minutes, then sprinkle the flour over the top. Stir to combine and cook for 1 minute or so, then pour in milk, chicken broth and half-and-half. Add nutmeg, then add broccoli, a small dash of salt, and plenty of black pepper.
Cover and reduce heat to low, stirring occasionally.  Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender. Stir in cheese and allow to melt.
Taste seasonings and adjust if needed. Then either serve as is, or mash it with a potato masher to break up the broccoli a bit, or transfer to a blender in two batches and puree completely. (If you puree it in a blender, return it to the heat and allow to heat up. Splash in more chicken broth if needed for thinning.)

Eat with:
1.  A really good and delicious artisan bread or some good bread to mop up the goodness.
2.  You can garnish this soup with bacon bits.  Bacon makes everything taste good!