Monday, February 4, 2013

Beer Cheese Soup

Beer Cheese Soup

I don't about you, but I'm definitely tired of winter. I am just plain tired of freezing. These below zero temps and the wind chills is getting to be a bit much for me.

I long for hot, sunny days where a person can work a thirst. I can't wait to sit in a comfy lounge chair and drink a nice cold beverage of choice. Right now all I can do is sneak to the tanning salon and and grab a few minutes under the lights. Not only does it warm me up it just makes me feel happy. Now I know why people go tanning. Its that light therapy thing.

Since I can't make the snow and the cold go away I'll have to deal with the best that I can. One is to make a fire in the wood stove and keep it cookin'. Two is to wear extra thick wool socks and slippers. And three is to make some soup.

Soup is the food of choice when it is cold out. It warms a body from top to bottom. If you're really ambitious you could make some bread or biscuits too.

So to beat the cold this past weekend I attempted to make some Beer Cheese soup. This is a recipe that one of the moms on the PTA had made for a conference night. It was so delicious we all had to request the recipe. I changed it slightly, but it is still a great tasting soup. This is really good with a little handful of popcorn on top.

Beer Cheese Soup
1/2 C butter
1 C flour
Melt butter in a big soup pot. Once butter is melted add flour and heat for 5 minutes.

1- 32 oz carton of chicken broth
1 C half and half
1/2 C milk
Gradually add chicken broth to flour mixture. Stir until the mixture until the liquid is absorbed. Once all the broth has been added pour in the half and half and the milk. (I cheated and used only milk and it was still good). Cook this mixture until it begins to thicken, stirring constantly. It will take about 15-20 minutes.

1/2 box of Velvetta cheese (32oz box)
Cut into cubes and and to mixture. Stir until melted.

6 oz of beer (not dark beer)
1/4 of an onion finely chopped
1 T worchestershire Sauce
cayenne pepper to taste
Simmer for 15 minutes. Stirring constantly. DO NOT BOIL.
Serve in a bowl with popcorn on top.

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