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What do you like to eat and drink, where are the best restaurants. Brag about the last great thing you cooked.

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Re: Recipe Book

Postby Super Ordinary Guy » Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:13 pm

Major Eaton wrote:
KoryGL wrote:I'm always a fan of Alton Brown. I've made many of his recipes and have never been disappointed...

Speaking of Alton Brown, (and summer BBQ), has anyone here, tried his terra cotta $5.00 smoker?

No I haven't but I must admit I have been wondering about it....
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Re: Recipe Book

Postby Georgie » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:38 am

We're on a bit of a tight budget right now and I'm struggling trying to come up with menu ideas. I was trying to think of what things if any my parents cooked when I was growing up that I actually enjoyed. I came up with very few....although I did like my Mom's homemade mac and cheese....and my father didn't cook until these past few years, and then only if it can be fried in a pan....but he would occasionally slice potatoes by hand so thin that they became potato chips when he fried them. They were amazing. And he hated if we bought sugared cereal, because plain cereal( his favorite was Puffed Wheat) he would throw in a frying pan with butter and cook when it got stale. Same with Cheerios. It made a surprisingly good snack. He was never willing to throw away stale cereal. Needless to say my friends all thought that was bat-shit crazy. Their parents bought them Fruit Roll-Ups and other packaged snacks.

And it made me wonder what things, if any, that I cook that my kids might look back fondly on. Sigh. Probably none.

So I'm looking for inspiration here and it seemed like a good time to resurrect this board.

Inspire me. What dish did you love when you were growing up? What dish did you hate?
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Re: Recipe Book

Postby n11pilot » Fri Oct 30, 2015 3:15 pm

Beer and Cheese Soup

Many years ago I acquired a recipe for beer and cheese soup from a London pub owner who parted with it in exchange for any beef recipe that didn’t involve boiling. Since that time I have slightly altered the recipe to the taste of those who believe that tea is best drunk while extremely ill or dumped into a nearby harbor.

3 Tbsp spring water
3 Tbsp cornstarch (Leveled)
¼ Cup finely chopped onion
1 Tbsp butter (Slightly rounded)
¾ Tsp dried thyme leaves
2 Cloves garlic finely minced
14 Oz of chicken broth (Trader Joe’s is really good)
1 Cup of beer (Dos Equis in the green bottle. I don’t always make beer and cheese soup, but when I do………)
6 Oz American cheese cut into small cubes
6 Oz Extra sharp cheddar cut into small cubes
½ Tsp paprika
1 Cup whole milk

Stir water into cornstarch and set aside. Place onion, butter, thyme, and garlic in a three QT saucepan; cook over a medium to high heat for about 4 minutes or until the onions are tender. Add broth and bring to boil. Stir in beer, cheese, and paprika. Reduce heat to low; whisk in milk and cornstarch mix. Stir without stopping until the cheese melts and the bubbles and thickens. Ladle into bowls and top with pumpernickel croutons. Russian black bread croutons are also very good.

Drink the remaining four Oz of beer then switch to Dos Equis Amber as its stronger flavor compliments the hearty taste of the soup. :D
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