Posted: Dec 5, 2006 3:20 am
homemade cream of broccoli soup: simmer four cups of chicken broth in a big pot (or, homemade turkey broth, which i made from the cozy corner chicken). add four bunches of broccoli, washed and trimmed (I put the stalks in too, after trimming off the rough outer layer of skin) and a potato, cubed, and a couple of carrots that have been peeled & chopped. add a whole bunch of peppercorns, maybe a little salt (usually the broth is salty enough). bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer for 15 or so minutes, until everything is tender. then carefully ladle it out a cup at a time into the blender, to puree until smooth (be careful here -- hot soup tends to expand in the blender, so just do a bit at a time -- like 1/3 blender full. I am trying to justify the purchase of an immersion blender, just for this purpose, but haven't taken the plunge yet.) anyways, once it's all been pureed, return to a simmer. whisk in a cup of heavy cream, or, in my case, half-and-half. enjoy!
if you're not gonna serve it all at once, it's generally better not to add the milk product until it's needed...
and hardy har har on the washing machine joke. nope, it was maytag blue cheese, and it was delish!