Posts Tagged ‘Cheese’

Loaded Potato Soup

I have had a love for Potato Soup that goes way back.  When I was a kid, my family would go camping every year and one of the things the adults would always make would be huge pots of Potato Soup.  From those early years of eating Potato Soup, my love continued to grow, so I started experimenting with recipes and have come up with my favorite.  Recipe is as follows:

Ingredients:

Chicken Broth

Garlic

Sour Cream

Half & Half or Milk

Salt & Pepper

Lots of Potatoes

1/2 lb bacon

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Peel 6-8 large Potatoes and chop so pieces are at a small size that you can handle.  Fill your stock pot with 1 large can of Chicken Broth. Add your Potatoes to boiling Chicken Broth.  Boil them until very soft.  Then add a couple of cups of Half & Half or Milk, a half a cup of Sour Cream or Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt, and Garlic to the mixture.  Then I use a hand blender to puree the entire mixture.  It will have a thicker “Soup Like” texture to it at this point.  In a side pot boil another 3-4 Potatoes in the size you like.  Once softened add, these Potatoes to the mixture as these Potatoes will be the chunky part of the soup.  Also cook a few strips of Bacon either in a skillet or in the microwave.  Add 2 Tablespoons of the Bacon Grease to the Soup (I can promise you that this adds a TON of flavor to the soup).  Let soup simmer for a few minutes and cook to your desired thickness and temperature.  Add Salt and Pepper to taste and Serve with Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Crumbles on Top.  This is the perfect Soup for a cold Fall or Winter Day.  Enjoy

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Fogo De Chao

There are certain days in every mans life that they do not look forward to, and turning 30 is one of those days.  Well that day happened for me this Friday.  My wife, Sarah, knew she had to do something to lift my spirits and she knew the one thing that would do that would be a great meal.   So she had her wonderful mother Barbara and step dad Karl come over and take our son for the night so that we could enjoy a night out to celebrate my birthday.  So off we went to a still unknown (by me) destination.  I was like a kid in a candy store.  As soon as I saw where we were going (Fogo De Chao in downtown Indy), I lit up with happiness – I was like a kid in a candy store.  As I walked into the place, I saw men walking around with huge skewers of Beef, Pork, Chicken, Sausage……..It was like this place was made just for me.

You start off your meal with a trip to the Salad Bar, which happens to be the best Salad Bar I have ever been to.  It was filled with so many tasty treats including; Marinated Peppers, Hearts of Palm, Asparagus, Artichokes, Olives, Smoked Salmon, as well as fine Cheeses and Antipasto meats- and all of it is packed with flavor.

Then they issued us our meat card.  If you have your card on red, the servers do not bother you.  If you turn your card over to green, the meat express pulls in and you are offered some of the finest meats I have ever eaten.  We ate everything from Filet Mignon, Top Sirloin, Prime Rib, Pork Tenderloin, Chicken, Sausage….and the list goes on and on.  The quality is what I could not believe.  You tell the servers exactly how you want the meat cooked, and they serve you as much as you would like of all of these fine cooked meats.  This is all served with Garlic Mashed Potatos, grilled Polenta Cakes, and sweet Plantanes.

I was in my heaven.  After stuffing myself to the max (you know we also had dessert- a papaya ice cream for me, hot molten chocolate cake for Sarah), it was time to leave and my wife told me that I had a smile on my face that she had never seen.  I was so happy and content because I just had the best dining experience of my life.  I am just sad it took me 30 years and 1 day to find this place.  I am so glad that I have a wife who knows me so well and I will be going back as many times as I can.  If you ever have the chance to experience Fogo De Chao, I highly recommend going………just don’t forget to call and invite me!

What is your favorite Cheese?

This morning on my way to work a thought popped into my head…….What is my favorite Cheese?  The more I thought about the subject, the harder the answer was for me to come up with.  With so many great options, and so many choices, it genuinely is a really tough answer for me to come up with?  What is your favorite Cheese?

Here are a few of my favorites:

Cheddar – Bold and Flavorful

Baby Swiss – Sharp and Delicious…..Cheese with holes!

Mozzerella – The Cheese of Choice for Pizza Lovers!

Pepper Jack – Cheese with a kick!

American – Classic American Staple

Parmesan – An Italian Classic

Cream Cheese – The glue to so many great recipes

Mascarpone – Desert + Cheese = Delicious

Havarti – Mild and delicious…..Also melts great

Blue Cheese – How do you improve Buffalo Wings?…..Add some Cheese to them!

Alright, I figured out which Cheese is my favorite……….ALL OF THEM!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE?