Monday, January 24, 2011

Comfort Food (Soup & Dessert)

It's really cold here, no snow (Thank God) but it's really freaking cold so I thought why not make some soup for dinner. I found this amazingly easy recipe, Cole had THREE bowls and Caden my little one that will eat usually a BITE and TWO bowls!


  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 2 1/2 pounds peeled and cubed potatoes
  • 5 cups boiling water
  • 4 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli, cooked and drained
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Directions

    1. In a large stock pot saute onion in butter. Add potatoes, water and bouillon cubes. Cover, bring to boil and then reduce heat to medium and cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
    2. Remove tough outer skin of broccoli stems and cook broccoli. Once cooked add to soup.
    3. In a blender or food processor puree half of the soup and return to stock pot. Season with salt and pepper.
    4. Add cheese and heat soup through until cheese is melted. Serve warm.

Then the church had a ladies only meeting (We'll talk more about that on Wed and the daycare that is suppose to be provided). I like to always show up with a treat so I found this amazing yummy recipe!

1 (19 1/2 ounce) box fudge brownie mix
(I used Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup water
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
Peppermint Buttercream Frosting
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Green food coloring
Chocolate Frosting
1/3 cup whole milk
1/4 cup butter
1 (12 ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
1. Preheat oven to 325. Then prepare a 9x9 inch baking dish by spraying lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Cut a piece of parchment paper to the width of the bottom of your pan but long enough to extend over the edge of the right and left sides of the pan.
2. Sift brownie mix to eliminate any clumps. Then add melted butter, water eggs and 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract. Mix by hand just until dry ingredients are incorporated.
3. Pour into prepared pan. Bake according to package directions. Let cool.
4. Beat together cup powdered sugar and 1/2 cup softened butter. Mix in another 1/2 cup powdered sugar, then add 1 tablespoon milk, green food coloring, and peppermint and vanilla extracts. Spread frosting evenly over the top. Place brownies in fridge to firm up frosting.
5. Bring 1/3 cup milk and 1/4 cup butter almost to a boil over medium heat. Pour chocolate chips into a heat-safe bowl. Pour milk mixture over the top and let sit for 5 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and whisk until smooth. Use an electric mixer to beat in 1 cup powdered sugar until frosting is smooth. This will make more than you need, so remove 1/4-1/3 cup frosting and reserve for another use.
6. Spread chocolate frosting over the green frosting on the brownies.
7. Place back in fridge for about an hour to firm up frosting. Remove brownies from pan and slice into 9 pieces.


  1. I'm coming back when I have more time to copy and paste these. I'm loving soup recipes this winter.

  2. I was looking at making some sort of broccoli soup today, thank you. This sounds yummy. And I won't even attempt the Starbucks brownies, I'll eat the entire pan(like I just did with 12 pieces of Cheesecake lol)_

  3. Ooooohhhhh.... That soup looks DEElish!

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  5. Yummy! It looks easy enough for me to do. Thanks I think I'll try this soon. Blessings, Joanne

  6. Thanks for stopping and visiting me at my blog. grace

  7. This looks so great. Delicious soup!

  8. A hot creamy soup is always a hit in the winter - yours looks delicious! I am a butter fan so I would use that instead of margarine! I have never tasted the brownies from starbucks but your recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for linking to the hearth and soul hop!

  9. I use the same vanilla from Costco! I go through it so fast with all of my baking that I must buy larger bottles. You had me with the broccoli, cheese, potato soup!

  10. I especially love that green peppermint buttercream layer in those brownies you made! Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Sunday!

  11. you are me hungry here .. have to try this recipe ..

  12. I have been making soup at least once a week all month...its been great!

  13. i am freaking loving everything chocolate peppermint and these brownies r freakin making me droooooolllll! YUM

  14. The soup sounds delicious and you know if the boys liked it, it must be really good. What is on the spoon in the last picture. I blew it up and still wasn't sure.

    Those brownies, OMG they sound wonderful.

  15. I'm not too big on soup, but I think I'd like this! It sounds perfect for a cold winter today! I'm freezing!

    And of course, the brownies sound amazing! YUM!


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