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Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta

For out last get together I made this delicious Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta. This is an appetizer that shrimp fans will love. In our family this is one of our most favorite recipes. It's so delicious!

You can go with a baguette instead if you would like bite sized portions, but it is hard to beat a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread. The baguette slices will get much crunchier so if you prefer that mouth feel, you can go with a baguette. A fresh French bread would also work great. Enjoy!


Broccoli Cheese Soup



The best Broccoli Cheese Soup I have ever tasted! No processed cheese cubes in this recipe. While the ingredient list is a little longer than what I tend to make, the payoff is absolutely worth it.

Broccoli Cheese Soup
Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients:
  • 2 c. chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1 small onion (or half a large)
  • 1/8 c. diced celery
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. salt (if you use a very salty chicken broth cut back on the amount of salt you add)
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/3 tsp. all spice
  • 1/8 tsp. basil
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 broccoli crown, chopped or 16 oz. frozen chopped broccoli
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 1/2 c. sharp cheddar
Directions:

1. Put the chicken broth in a large cooking pot. Finely dice the carrots, onion and celery and add to the chicken broth.

2. Add the bay leaf, salt, pepper, garlic powder, allspice and basil and simmer for 15-20 minutes. After simmering remove the bay leaf.

3. Place the broccoli pieces in a food processor and pulse until it is in small pieces. Add broccoli to the chicken stock and simmer an additional 20 minutes.

4. In a sauce pan, melt the butter. Add in the flour and stir constantly, making a roux. Incorporate into the soup by first adding  a bit of broth to the roux, stir, then add more broth, stir, etc. Once it is well combined you can combine all the roux and broth mixture together in the pot.

5. Add the half and half. If you want to use a hand immersion blender to puree the soup to make it smoother, do so now. After, add the cheddar and heat over low heat.

Recipe from my mom. It was adapted from a few different recipes which have been misplaced.

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