I have an idea and hopefully I have twenty some years to get it done. I'll need that much time! I want to make a cookbook for my children. Thus the name My Mama's Food. It has several meanings, for the entries in my journal it will mean me, my children's Mama. For me it means my dear Mom, their Mama Lu, for most of the recipes come from her and my grandma's and great grandmas. I do most of my cooking without a recipe, but sometimes they just need to be written down if we do not want them to be lost for future generations. When I left home I would have treasured a book like this, written by my Mom, so I want to try and do it for my children. I want to include photos of the kids helping me in the kitchen as they grow and eat what we make. What memories they will have when cooking in their own kitchen's and teaching their children to cook and sharing these memories with them and showing them pictures of themselves learning to cook with their Mama. I think it's a grand idea, now if I can pull it off!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Cheeseburger Soup

"A good hearty soup", a friend of mine said, and that it is.

1 pound hamburger scrambled slightly crispy [set aside and in the same pot saute the following with 1T butter and some oil if needed:
1 white or yellow onion chopped
6 carrots shredded
3 stalks celery chopped
1.5t each parsley, basil, thyme, rosemary
Add the following to the above mixture:
4C beef broth
4 medium to large potatoes diced
1t salt (I like to salt as I go, so everything has maximum flavor.)
1t pepper
In another small pot melt 3T butter and whisk in 1/4C flour, cook for 1 minute whisking, adding broth if needed. Add to soup when potatoes are tender. Bring soup to a boil stirring constantly while it thickens.
Add the following to the soup:
1C milk, cream or half and half, depending on how rich you like it.
2 cheddar cheese shredded
Salt to taste if needed.

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