Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cheeseburger Soup

When I first heard about this soup I had my doubts!  Cheeseburger soup with ketchup and mustard?  What?  But I have to say, it's actually delicious!  It's crazy how it really does taste similar to a cheeseburger!  It's a hearty soup with a yummy flavor!  You have to try it!

1 lb hamburger
1 cup onion, diced
3/4 cup celery, diced
3/4 cup carrots, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups potatoes, peeled, diced
1 teaspoon basil
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup featherlight flour
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups Cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons mustard
salt & pepper to taste

Brown hamburger, onion, celery, carrots and garlic.  Season with a little salt & pepper.  Stir in broth, potatoes and basil.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 10 - 12 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through.  In a separate saucepan melt butter.  Whisk in flour and heat through.  Add the milk and stir until smooth. Add the milk mixture to the soup and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer.  Add cheese, ketchup, and mustard, stirring until the cheese is melted.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  You can serve this with chopped pickles, or relish!

Note:  I just make my chicken broth with water and 3 chicken bouillon cubes.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Carrot Cake

I love carrot cake!  It's so moist and delicious - especially with the cream cheese frosting!  Yum!

1 1/2 cups featherlight flour
1/2 cup gluten free flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups finely shredded carrot
1 cup cooking oil
4 eggs

In a bowl combine flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.  Add carrot, oil, and eggs  Beat with an electric mixer till combined.

Pour into 2 greased and floured round baking pans.  Bake at 350ยบ for 25 to 30 minutes or till a toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean.  Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes.  Remove cakes from pans.  Cool thoroughly on racks.  Frost with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup butter (softened)
about 1 pound powdered sugar (maybe a little more)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Blend cream cheese and butter well.  Beat in powdered sugar.  And vanilla and beat.