We recently had a beer and sake tasting party - where everyone brought their favorite to be sampled. I thought that beer cheese soup would be the perfect food to go with the beer.
Beer Cheese Soup
adapted from Food Network
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 chopped medium sized yellow onion
3/4 cup chopped carrot
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 (12-ounce) beer of choice (I used Sam Adams)
7 oz extra-sharp Cheddar, shredded
7 oz processed Swiss cheese, shredded
2 cups half-and-half
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Melt butter in a stockpot over medium heat. Add chopped onion, carrot, and celery. Saute until softened. Puree with a stick blender.
Add flour. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often.
Add chicken broth and beer. Heat until it comes to a boil. Add half-and-half, salt, dry mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.
Slowly add cheese while stirring until just boiling and smooth. Reduce heat to low and cook until soup has thickened.
Oops! I forgot to take a picture of the crate this week, so I took some pictures of individual produce.
Every year, Jasper attends a pair of conventions in Las Vegas and I like to tag along. He attends lectures while I lounge by the pool, indulge in a spa, or go shopping. Afterwards, we meet up and head out to eat at one of Vegas's many excellent restaurants. I could write volumes about hotels and shows and sightseeing, but here it is all about the food.
I'll begin with the casual restaurants inside Caesar's Palace, where we stayed (and which I recommend - one of the best pools on the strip, the best spa, and some of the best shopping).
This bakery and pastry shop was my first stop of the day, every day. With a design that looks like Willy Wonka's factory and a clock that spits out free truffles every hour, this place is a chocolate lover's dream.
The pastry case is magnificent and filled with artful delicacies that are almost too pretty to eat... almost.
In the crate this week:
Tomatoes - large and small
Onions - red and white