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Bacon Cheeseburger Soup November 7, 2013

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I’ve noticed in the ever popular Cheeseburger Soup recipes that each has some odd ingredients. I don’t recall ever eating a cheeseburger with carrots or celery in it. I am aware of the fact the the potatoes are not in a normal Cheeseburger either, however you do typically have a side of fries…In saying this, I feel that potatoes are not an odd addition to an otherwise delightful bowl of soup. I wouldn’t eat this without potatoes because they definitely make it better. Celery and Carrots, on the other hand, do not sound appetizing to me in this so I removed them and added Bacon. I feel like Bacon is an excellent addition to a cheeseburger. This soup is delicious, at first glance I was a little bit leery of the ingredients, but decided to give it a shot. Since then, I’ve made it four times and I’m delighted to say it’s the best soup, (next to Olive Garden’s Zuppa Tuscana, of course) I have ever had.

Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

Ingredients:

1-2 lbs Ground Beef

1/2-1 lb Bacon

2 Large Onions

4-6 Red Potatoes

64 OZ Chicken broth ( I use one 32 oz box of Swanson chicken broth and then mix one more with Better Than Bouillon)

1 Large pkg Velveeta Cheese

1/4 C Milk

1/4 C Flour

4 TBSP Butter

Approx. 1 TBSP each Onion Powder and Garlic Powder

Red Pepper, Salt and Pepper to taste

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Directions:

Chop onions, break up beef, and chop bacon finely. Cook all together in large pan until beef is browned and bacon is crispy.

Cube potatoes and boil until soft.

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Turn crockpot on high for 4 Hours and add cooked beef, onions and bacon. Add chicken broth, spices, and cubed Velveeta. I usually use a whole package, this is entirely up to you as to how cheesy you like it. I usually start out with half of the package and go from there.

Let heat until potatoes are done and then add potatoes as well. Let Velveeta melt and then add milk. Continue to add Velveeta as desired, Then make a roux in a smaller pot with 1/4 flour and 4 TBSP butter. (To make a roux, melt butter, add flour, boil and stir until thickened.)

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Once the roux is thickened, add to soup and then let soup sit until all cheese is melted. Stir occasionally. I like to serve this soup with some really good bread and garlic butter. I usually get either french baguette or ciabatta bread. Many people add a dollop of sour cream to each bowl. If I have it on hand I do and if not I eat it as is. This is entirely up to you, it’s fantastic either way! Enjoy!

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Papa’s Famous Chili October 9, 2013

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When we were little my grandfather watched us a lot while my parents tended to the restaurant. He was always burning memories into our brains. Of the many wonderful memories I keep of him, his Chili is among the favorites. I always requested his ‘special’ Chili when I had friends over and even in the dead of summer. He added rice, which a the time seemed incredibly unusual, and taco seasoning. The flavor was so wonderful and rich and everybody always loved it. Unfortunately, I never did get the exact recipe since I was so young when he passed away, but luckily I remembered his secret ingredient and my grandmother conjured up the rest of the recipe as best as she could remember. I’ve never heard of anybody using taco seasoning in Chili, but man does it add some serious flavor!! Everybody knows Chili is a Fall favorite. As soon as the leaves start to change and the chill of Fall starts to move in, everybody starts craving warmth. It seems like as soon as it cools down Chili starts becoming a popular item at every restaurant and in every home. I thought this was a good recipe to add to my collection since I’ve made 2 batches already since Fall started and now that I am thinking about it I might just have to make another! I hope everybody will enjoy this Chili as much as my family always has, and will continue to.

Papa’s Famous Chili

Ingredients:

3 Cans Hunts Sauce

1 Small Can Hunts Diced Tomatoes

1 Can Red Kidney Beans

2 Cans Black Beans

1-2 LBS Ground Hamburg ( However much you like, I used 1 1/2 lbs for mine)

2 Large Onions Chopped to desired size

Approx. 2 TBS Minced Garlic

1 Package Old El Paso Taco Seasoning

Red Pepper Flakes to desired Heat level

Approx. 1 TBS Each Garlic and Onion Powder

I also added some hot sausage, your preference what other meats and veggies you add.

2 Cups Rice

Directions:

Cook meat, garlic, and onions. Add remaining ingredients to crockpot. Add in small amounts each to be sure it is mixed well and not too much for your crockpot. I think I have a 7 quart, and this recipe was right to the top and difficult to stir well. I left it on medium heat for 4 hours. Season to taste, feel free to add any other seasonings desired throughout cooking. I like to experiment a little with my Chili!

Cook rice on side, add to crockpot before serving or serve separately.

 

Photo Of The Day! October 5, 2013

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Today I’m sharing a photo of the beautiful fall foliage in Maine. Right in my back yard is the lovely and vibrant colors. My favorite time of year is fall. The air is crisp and cool and the scenery is bright and colorful. My aunt lives in Hawaii and when we were little she made us collect the prettiest and brightest leaves we could find so she could bring them back and show her students because they had never seen leaves change colors. I was shocked and upset, at that time I was still blissfully unaware that other parts of the world weren’t just like mine. Hopefully this will reach someone who doesn’t have a backyard full of beauty like mine.

 

 
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