Tag: comfort food

S’mores Sandwich Cookies

S’mores Sandwich Cookies

Hey Y’all! Soooo….I’m about to change your life right now with S’mores Sandwich Cookies!! You don’t even need a campfire to create this delightful little treat. The cookies on their own are completely amazing so you’re going to have to resist devouring them hot out […]

Pressure Cooker White Wine Chicken Thighs

Pressure Cooker White Wine Chicken Thighs

Hi! My name’s Lisa and I’m starting to become addicted to pressure cooking. It hasn’t always been that way though. I had always wanted to try pressure cooking but didn’t really know how to get started. I had no knowledge or experience using this type […]

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup is pretty much at the top of everyone’s favorite soup list! This popular soup is made with basic ingredients but is just SO tasty. Today I’m sharing with you my go to Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe. It really hits the spot on a cold winter day (and we got some 11 degree temps headed our way this weekend so I know what I’m talking about). This soup is thick, creamy, and downright irresistible if you ask me. Pair with some crusty French bread or a hot pressed panini and you’ve got yourself a comforting meal.

Here’s all you’ll need: carrots, broccoli, celery, onion, butter, flour, chicken broth, milk, and Velveeta cheese.

Broccoli Cheese Soup ingredients

Let’s start by prepping all the delicious veggies. Chop up 2 cups of broccoli and slice ups those carrots and celery as well. Toss them in a large soup pot and fill with enough water to cover the vegetables. Bring the pot to a boil on a stovetop and continue to cook for 5 minutes or until the tender-ish. The broccoli should turn a bright and vibrant green when it’s ready. So pretty! Drain the vegetables in a colander and set aside.

Soup pot filled with broccoli, carrots, and celery.

Next using that same soup pot (oh hey guys! Did I mention this is a one pot meal???) saute the chopped onion  in butter over medium heat. Melt the butter first then add in the onions. Cook and stir until they’re nice and tender. I’m not a fan of raw onions so I like there to be zero crunch when I’m done.

Onions sautéed in butter in a large soup pot on the stove.

Once you’ve got that situation under control, stir in the flour to form a paste. The flour will act as our thickening agent for our Broccoli Cheese Soup. We’re working towards a nice, thick and creamy (and don’t forget cheesy) soup base.

Flour added to the mixture to form a thick paste.

Gradually add the milk and chicken broth to the flour paste. I like to mix in the liquids about 1/2 to 1 cup at a time stirring in between each addition to keep the soup base as silky smooth as possible.

Milk being poured into a soup pot.

Continue to cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until the mixture thickens. Stir frequently as the mixture cooks. It’s ok if it bubbles or boils, but the hotter it gets, the more you’ll want to stir. Just keep stirring!

Soup base cooking on the stovetop to thicken.

Next stir in the vegetables and heat through.

Broccoli, carrots, and celery are added back to the soup pot.

Last but certainly not least, add in that cheese please!!! The cheese will melt faster if you cube it. Turn your heat down to low and stir the soup until the cheese is 100% all the way completely melted.

Velveeta cheese cubes stirred into the soup until melted.

Are you drooling over this Broccoli Cheese Soup yet?!? Cause I am!!! Nom nom nom just get in my belly already!! We’ve got LOTS of soups to keep you warm this winter. Have you tried our Hearty Cheeseburger Soup or Best Ever Zuppa Toscana??? Get to it!

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

January 17, 2019
: 8 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups sliced fresh carrots
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed chicken broth, undiluted
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 pound process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
Directions
  • Step 1 Add the chopped broccoli, sliced carrots, and celery to a large soup pot. Fill with enough water to cover the vegetables. Bring the pot to a boil on a stovetop and continue to cook for 5 minutes or until the tender.
  • Step 2 Next using that same soup pot, saute the chopped onions in butter over medium heat until tender. Stir in the flour to form a paste.
  • Step 3 Gradually add the milk and chicken broth to the flour paste. I like to mix in the liquids about 1/2 to 1 cup at a time stirring in between each addition.
  • Step 4 Continue to cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until the mixture thickens. Stir frequently as the mixture cooks. It’s ok if it bubbles or boils, but the hotter it gets, the more you’ll want to stir.
  • Step 5 Next stir in the vegetables and heat through. Add in the cheese cubes. Turn the heat down to low and stir the soup until the cheese is completely melted. Enjoy!

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Pressure Cooker Beef Tips

Pressure Cooker Beef Tips

The days are getting shorter….and colder! You know what that means right??? COMFORT FOOD!!! Pressure cooking used to be outside of my comfort zone, that is until Cosori sent me their 6-Quart Premium Pressure Cooker to try. Now with a dinner recipe under my belt […]

Peach Cobbler Bars

Peach Cobbler Bars

I love cooking and baking with whatever local produce is in season for a few reasons. It supports our local farmers, it’s usually a whole lot cheaper (who doesn’t love saving money), but most importantly, fresh food just tastes better. It really does. And since […]

Light & Flaky Biscuits

Light & Flaky Biscuits

If you love to hit the bread basket during dinner then this recipe is for you! Our Light & Flaky Biscuits bake up soft and buttery in a matter of minutes! A few simple ingredients (that you probably already have on hand) are all that’s needed to bake up this delicious, no fail recipe. Nothing beats the taste of a warm biscuit fresh from the oven! Light & Flaky Biscuits are perfect to serve alongside a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Or add a little jam and pair them with breakfast or brunch. Either way you’ll be glad you tried this one!

Here’s all you’ll need: flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, shortening, an egg, and milk.

Light & Flaky Biscuits ingredients list #biscuits #flakybiscuits #homemadebiscuits

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt to combine.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt to combine. #biscuits #flakybiscuits #homemadebiscuits

Cut in the shortening using a fork or dun-da-da-daaaaa…..wait for it…..a pastry blender!!! I finally bit the bullet and bought a pastry blender. It was so adult of me!! No more squishing with my fingers when a recipe calls to cut in butter or shortening with a knife or fork. Ok so maybe I’ll go back to my roots every once in awhile. It WAS pretty fun! But seriously BUY a pastry blender. They’re so inexpensive and really make your life so much easier. And they don’t take up too much room in your kitchen which is half the reason I stall on buying specialty kitchen gadgets.

Cut in the shortening using a pastry blender or fork. #biscuits #flakybiscuits #homemadebiscuits

Next whisk together the egg and milk. I always use skim when cooking or baking because that’s what we drink. But 2%, whole milk, whatever you got, it works. Heck you can even substitute cream in a pinch! Cooking and baking should cater to YOUR tastes…..or to whatever you have on hand in the fridge. But my hubby is ALWAYS fabulous about running to the store for me when I forget ingredients. He really needs a shout out for that!

Next whisk together the egg and milk. #biscuits #flakybiscuits #homemadebiscuits

Pour the milk and egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir until just moistened or basically until the all the dry ingredients disappear. Your dough should look like this! Mmm! Look at all those air pockets that will help our dough rise up nice and tall while baking.

Pour the milk and egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir until just moistened. #biscuits #flakybiscuits #homemadebiscuits

On a well floured surface, knead the dough 8-10 times. Punch it down, fold it over on itself, basically just suck up some of that extra flour. Easy peasy! Then using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 3/4″ thickness. I’ve got two of these wood rolling pins and they’ve never done me wrong!

On a well floured surface, knead the dough 8-10 times. Roll dough out to 3/4" thickness. #biscuits #flakybiscuits #homemadebiscuits

Now cut out biscuits using a 2-1/2″ biscuit cutter or circle cookie cutter. The biscuit cutter is another new tool for me! It was so easy to use and I love the fancy little scalloped edges that it left behind. Place the biscuits on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Parchment paper is life! But you already knew that. Its ok if you don’t get all 12 biscuits cut on the first run. It’s ok to ball up the dough and roll it out again to cut a few more!

Cut the biscuits using a 2-1/2" biscuit cutter. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. #biscuits #flakybiscuits #homemadebiscuits

Bake in a 450 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Can you believe how tall these homemade biscuits bake up?!? They seriously turn out this great. Every. Damn. Time!

Light & Flaky Biscuits #biscuits #flakybiscuits #homemadebiscuits

Top warm biscuits with a pad of butter and watch it melt! This little stack is for me! You’re going to have to get your own! If you loved this quick and easy bread recipe then you need to check out our Parmesan Garlic Knots.

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Light & Flaky Biscuits

Light & Flaky Biscuits

April 29, 2018
: 12
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt to combine.
  • Step 2 Cut in the shortening using a pastry blender or fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Step 3 Whisk together the egg and milk.Pour the milk and egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir until just moistened.
  • Step 4 On a well floured surface, knead the dough 8-10 times. Then roll the dough out to 3/4″ thickness.
  • Step 5 Cut out biscuits using a 2-1/2″ biscuit cutter or circle cookie cutter.Place the biscuits on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Step 6 Bake in a 450 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Cheesy Ham Chowder

Cheesy Ham Chowder

Cheesy Ham Chowder is my favorite way to enjoy leftover Easter ham! You can only eat so many ham sandwiches. Am I right?!? This creamy Spring chowder is loaded with yummy ingredients. Chock-full of potatoes, ham, cheese, and corn, this incredibly creamy concoction adds up […]

Beef and Guinness Stew

Beef and Guinness Stew

St. Patty’s Day is coming up this weekend! Seeing how my mom’s maiden name is O’Toole, I couldn’t let this week go by without posting a great Irish-inspired dish. Beef and Guinness Stew is an Irish pub classic. This hearty stew gets its rich and […]

Cheesy Beer Bread

Cheesy Beer Bread

Cheese and beer may be soulmates! Or are beer and cheese MY soulmates?!? Probably both! Either way this Cheesy Beer Bread will have you all starry eyed! This super tasty, one bowl quick bread, comes together in about an hour. It’s perfectly soft with a buttery crust and no kneading required! And if you’re not drooling yet, let’s refer back to the recipe title….CHEESY……BEER…..BREAD!! Three of the best things ever!!! The beer flavor is solid AND it’s loaded with cheesy goodness. They really are a match made in heaven. This is winter baking at it’s finest people!! Pair with a soup or a stew and you’ve got yourself a nice, warm and comforting meal. It’s SOOO good for dunking!! Cheesy Beer Bread will be your new favorite quick bread recipe to make over and over again!

Here’s all you’ll need: Jarlsberg or Swiss cheese, flour sugar, baking powder, salt, pepper, beer, and butter.

Cheesy Beer Bread ingredients list

First, divide the cheese in half. Cut one half into bitesize 1/4″ cubes and shred the other half with a cheese grater. I love this recipe because it isn’t greasy like a lot of other cheese breads!

Divide the cheese in half. Cut one half into bitesize cubes and shred the other half with a cheese grater.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and pepper. This recipe is basically just simple pantry ingredients plus the addition of beer and cheese. Don’t let the simple ingredients fool you! It’s bursting with flavor!

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and pepper.

Alright here’s the good part! Pour in the beer.  A 12 oz can or bottle will do the trick! We went with Bud Light, our house favorite, and boy was it a good choice!! It pairs perfectly with this recipe. I know it seems like a waste of a perfectly good beer, but trust me, it’s not!!

Pour in 12 oz of your favorite beer.

Lightly stir into the dry ingredients until everything is just moistened. The batter will be very sticky.

Lightly stir into the dry ingredients until everything is just moistened.

Next fold in the cheese! All of it, cubed and shredded. We used Jarlsberg but Swiss will work just as well. Make sure you get it mixed in evenly. We want every bite to have a little bit of cheese flavor!

Fold in the cubed and shredded cheese.

Transfer to a lightly greased 8X4 inch loaf pan. Pour melted butter over the top. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The butter gives us that nice, beautifully, crisp crust.

Transfer to an 8X4 inch loaf pan. Top with butter. Bake at 375 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

Allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Remove and finish cooling on a wire rack. Serve warm or cool completely. Either way this bread is OMG out of this world addictive!!! Chewy, cheesy, savory, you’re really gonna love it!

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Cheesy Beer Bread

March 7, 2018
: 12 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 4 ounces Jarlsberg or Swiss cheese
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
Directions
  • Step 1 Divide the cheese in half. Cut one half into 1/4″ cubes and shred the other half.
  • Step 2 In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Step 3 Pour in the beer.Lightly stir into the dry ingredients until everything is just moistened. The batter will be very sticky.
  • Step 4 Fold in the cubed and shredded cheese.
  • Step 5 Transfer to a lightly greased 8X4 inch loaf pan. Pour melted butter over the top. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Step 6 Allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Remove and finish cooling on a wire rack. Enjoy!!

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Hearty Cheeseburger Soup

Hearty Cheeseburger Soup

Ok so is it Soup-er Bowl or Super Bowl??? Either way I’m ready!! Happy Sunday Everyone!! The big game is finally here and we’ve got one more husband approved, game winning recipe to share with you. Cheeseburger Soup is a winter favorite in our house. […]