It's rather silly, I suppose, but one of my enduring memories of the Minnesota Renaissance Fair is the cheese soup in a bread bowl. Back in college it was a fall ritual to road trip from Superior down to Shakopee and spend a day roaming around the fair grounds. We didn't have much money, but everyone pitched in for gas and the shows on the grounds were free. They had a wide variety of foods, but cheese soup in a bread bowl was something I almost always indulged in.
I regularly whip together some version of homemade cream of vegetable soup, but when I put together this creamy broccoli cheese soup with a hint of bacon, my husband and the boys said it was one of the best I've ever made. What's the “surprise” ingredient? I raided the pantry for some dehydrated summer squash to use as an extra thickening agent. Eureka moment! It's a great use for an abundant veggie, and adds a little more vegetable punch to the recipe, which is never a bad thing.
When broccoli is coming in fast and furious from the garden, I enjoy whipping up a batch of homemade broccoli soup. This recipe easy to make, and it includes other fresh garden veggies. We like having visible veggies in our soup, but if you want a smooth soup, feel free to puree it in a blender. Just be careful not to overload and splash yourself if you puree it while it's hot.
My husband, August, did a ton of research to find the best rechargeable battery and the best battery charger for emergencies and every day use, so I asked him to help put together this post to share what he found out. We identify the best value and absolute best AA, AAA and 18650 rechargeable battery in this post. We also review a 21 watt solar panel that provides 5 volt USB power and emergency radios with built in solar and hand crank chargers to charge USB devices. [Read more…]
Thieves Vinegar, Four Thieves Vinegar, Vinegar of the Four Thieves or Forthave's Vinegar
No matter what you call it, thieves vinegar has a long history of use. From Scientific American's 1910 reference to “medicated vinegar was invented by four thieves of Marseilles who successfully employed it as a prophylactic during a visitation of pestilence” to a popular essential oil company creating a product line based off of the blend, antimicrobial herbs have a well earned reputation for their usefulness.
Fall is a great time to prep a batch of homemade four thieves vinegar to have on hand for cold and flu season.