Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cream of Chicken and Rice Soup

So tonight I was looking for an easy dinner and noticed the can of Chicken and Rice soup.  It has been sitting there for awhile not looking very appetizing.  I decided to make up a recipe to use it...and the soup turned out quite yummy!

1 can Chicken and Rice soup
1 can corn
1 can Cream of Chicken soup

I mixed them all together and rinsed out the cans that needed it...I think I used about one can's worth of water.  Then just let it cook as directed on the soup can until warm.  

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Cheese Fondue

I love my family's tradition of cheese fondue every New Year's Eve...but there was always the stress of finding a decent recipe that was easy, melty, and non alcoholic.  I finally found it!  Bettie found the recipe online in preparation for her birthday.

1 lb. medium aged gouda, coarsely shredded
3 c. heavy cream
White pepper
  1. in a medium saucepan, simmer the heavy cream over moderate heat until reduced to 2 cups, about 15 minutes.
  2. Whisk in the Gouda until melted.
  3. Strain the cheese sauce through a fine sieve set over a heatproof bowl or fondue pot and season lightly with white pepper.

Hints and variations:
*We used a mix of gouda and smoked gouda.  Did you know the brown edge of the smoked doesn't melt?  It looks like worms.  Cut them off or strain.  We didn't strain it when we did it.
*Serve with crusty bread like french and veggies like celery, broccoli, cauliflower.
*I used a crockpot that sits on a hotplate for my fondue pot.  You could put it in a bowl and microwave it every so often to re melt.
*The leftovers separated in the fridge...lots of oil floating on top.  We just added a bit more cream when we warmed it up.