(Photo courtesy of Kraft foods I guess, but I got in from some Cheese Whiz Bio-engineering site, if you google Cheese Whiz you will find it. Don't sue me)
I just made and had two bowlfuls of soup and I think I just gained 10 pounds. That sounds impossible you say, and who ever heard of eating so much fatty soup when I could've gained that ten pounds eating Christmas fudge? We'll, we all sat down for dinner after I very quickly put this soup together...
AK: "Hey where are those two sticks of butter you melted and mixed up with the flour?" (see recipe)
Boo: "In the soup." (As I slurped down another spoonful)
AK stopped eating, left his bowl 3/4 full: "We could've made cookies with that butter! Wow, you sure made a lot of this soup."
Boo: "It has VEGETABLES in it!" (slurp, slurp) "And it will freeze." (slurp, slurp, but imagining eating it all up tonight)
The leftover soup filled 2 large freezer Ziplocks. I now imagine a three day outage when AK is starving enough to eat the fatty soup. Note to self - not his favorite.
And I have to make a confession, okay two confessions.
Confession #1 - I was at Wal-Mart today. And besides the checker asking me in the most serious manner to contradict what her daughter's Doctor told her about not feeding a 3 month old solids no matter how hungry he is, it was a most pleasant experience (the checker was sweet and had opened up a check out line for me, no wait! Someone even helped me unload my cart and took my cart away - wow, what service!).
Confession #2 - While at Wal-Mart Kate called me and asked me to pick up a few things. (I had called her previously telling her I was going and if she needed anything - just so you know how nice I am). After hemming and hawing about the pain, I consented.
Kate: "I am making a yummy soup and I need celery and a large jar of Cheese Whiz."
Boo: "Cheese Whiz!!!! CHEESE WHIZ!!!" (People in Aisle Toy are beginning to really stare, and not just at my darling singing daughter, but at her crazy mother)
Kate: "Yes, Cheese Whiz," (something to the effect of) "get a grip, you ARE at WAL-MART you know?"
Boo: "Nice point. But seriously, what does it look like? Where is it? Do you squeeze it out of a can? What are you making with CHEESE WHIZ anyway?"
Kate: "I am making that yummy cheese soup."
Boo: "Oh yeah, that was good soup. But CHEESE WHIZ seriously? What does it look like? Where is it? Seriously, Cheese Whiz. Like is it by Velveeta? I see the Velveeta. Not the right one."
Kate proceeds to direct me to exactly where to find Cheese Whiz at Wal-Mart.
Boo: "Can you please tell me where to find Velveeta, no I mean CHEESE WHIZ?"
Employee: (Waves her hand in the general direction of where Kate previously directed me)
Boo: "Oh I see now" (I didn't really see but I can see that I am in the pre-packaged processed cheese and Ro-Tel aisle, which I then recall, hey I have eaten a processed cheese in the last 12 years, thanks to John's awesome Super Bowl chip dip - just Velveeta and a can of Ro-Tel, which is right across from Velveeta and CHEESE WHIZ by the way).
I ended up buying two large jars of the stuff and making the soup as well. Don't tell my 'Home Chef' chef.
Vegetable Cheese Chowder - Kristen recipe ala Kate
12 chicken bouillon (I used 3 cubes, since that's what I heard not read and just realized it says 12, wow, that seems like a lot. Honestly 3 was fine)
1 large onion
2 cups chopped celery
2 cups chopped carrots
1/2 lb. butter
1 cup flour
1 LARGE JAR CHEESE WHIZ (16 oz. baby)
2 cup cooked diced chicken
1/2 pkg. frozen peas
Dissolve bouillon in 3 quarts water. Bring to a boil. Add onion and veggies. Cook until tender. Melt butter and flour. Blend to a smooth paste. Add to veggies in bouillon. Blend. Add CHEESE WHIZ. Mix well, stir constantly until thick, cooking over medium heat. Add chicken and peas.
Freezes well if peas are added just before serving.