Friday, April 20, 2018

On The Menu - Cheeseburger Chowder

From Grandma Nancy's Kitchen 

Cheeseburger Chowder
Spring has almost...almost arrived. Still, even if the snow disappears, we’ve still got at least of month of rain. Here in Atlantic Canada, that month can stretch to two. And rain makes for cool evenings. I thought, even with the winter behind us, I’d offer up one more hearty soup. I grew up on thick, rich soup just like this one so every time I make it, I become just a touch nostalgic for the 1960s! Also, this cheeseburger delight is a favorite of my four-year-old grandson, William.

2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks of celery, chopped
½ bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 Tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley (optional)
1 lbs of lean ground beef
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
2 cups of beef stock
1½ Tablespoon of cornstarch
2 cups of whole milk or coffee cream
1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar
Salt and pepper to taste

Warm olive oil in 3 quart sauce pan. Add onion, celery, bell pepper and parsley. Cook over medium heat until onion is tender.
Add beef and brown over medium-high heat.
Add potatoes, worcestershire and stock. Cover and simmer, until potatoes are tender (about 45 minutes).
Stir cornstarch into milk/cream and add to pot. Simmer uncovered, stirring constantly, until thickened (about 3 minutes).
Add shredded cheese and simmer, stirring gently, just until melted. Add salt and pepper if needed and serve immediately.

Grandma Nancy: Award-winning author, Nancy Fraser, has published twenty-seven novels/novellas over the course of her 20+ year career. When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy splits her free time between her five grandchildren. She’s also an avid traveler with Las Vegas being her favorite destination. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

Play It Again: Nostalgia’s not just for soup. Go back in time with five delightful stories spanning the first half of the Golden Age of Rock and Roll from 1955-1959.

Love is a Many Splendored Thing - 1955: Will an army widow find love with another military man? Or, will their romance crash and burn?

Love Me Tender - 1956: Can a lady lawyer break the glass ceiling before a younger co-worker breaks her heart?

Wake Up Little Susie - 1957: Will a modern day woman be able to navigate the past, the man she's fallen for, and a younger version of her grandmother?

April Love - 1958: Can the perfect secretary run interference between her boss' family and the many women who want to bed and wed him without losing her heart in the process?

Dream Lover - 1959: What's so special about Nanny #5? Will the bright lights of Paris be her ultimate downfall or the answer to her steamiest dreams?

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