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The most important thing in my life is my family. I love my dear husband and 4 wonderful children (ages 11 through 18). I am a stay-at-home mom (my dream job!). Some of my favorite things to do include cooking (and eating!), photography, reading, piano, flute, watching my favorite TV shows, swimming, traveling, and most recently...using the rip stick with my kids. I would love to attend culinary school someday & fit my love of photography in with that somehow. My dream vacation is Italy - something I was recently blessed to experience! I'd love to return and see more of that beautiful and DELICIOUS country! My days are usually full of running kids to and from activities - scouts, sports, music and church. Sometimes I have to remind myself to breathe, but I absolutely LOVE my crazy life and the people I am lucky enough to share it with!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Cream of Cheddar Soup

This soup is so simple and absolutely delicious! It's a Rachael Ray recipe that we make over and over. Serve with a yummy salad.

2 Tbsp butter
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp crushed hot red pepper flakes
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp cumin
2 Tbsp flour
1 quart chicken stock or broth
1 cup heavy cream
4 cups good-quality aged Cheddar cheese, grated (it really does make a difference in the final product - get a good Cheddar - I like the Cabot brand)

Heat a soup pot over medium heat with the butter. When the butter melts, add the onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and cumin. Cook for 3 minutes. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute more. Whisk in the chicken stock and heavy cream, bring up to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes. To finish, tum the heat off. While whisking, add the grated Cheddar cheese in 3 additions. Serve immediately.

4 servings

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