Saturday 2/3: Homemade Soup & 2005 LINDEMANS CHARDONNAY

Kind of an uneventful day today. After a lazy morning we all got dressed then went to look at a couple of houses under construction. Not that we're in the market for a house, we moved into a brand new house just 6 months ago, but #1 wanted to look at a couple of mirrors she was told about existed in these houses as she is hot on the trail for just the "right" mirror to place in our dining room. We decided to go to church this afternoon instead of Sunday morning so made it to the 5:00 p.m. service which was absolutely packed. We may try to go more often on Saturday but will definitely have to get there sooner than we did this time if we want to be able to all sit together. After a quick stop at the Kroger we got back home and I started making a Creamy Spinach Soup. Now I know. Your first impression is probably the same one I had when I first tried this recipe. Creamy spinach soup? No way! But let me tell you this. It is probably one of the best soup recipes I've come across as I'm on the never-ending search for good soup recipes. It's made like this:

Ingredients

3 T butter
1 T oil
1 small onion
2 - 10 oz. packages of frozen, chopped spinach
2 T flour
1 - 14.5 oz. can of chicken broth
2 Cups 1/2 & 1/2
1/2 t ground white pepper
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 lb. bacon, chopped and crisply cooked
1 Cup grated cheddar cheese

Melt butter w/oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until transparent, about 5 minutes. Press spinach in large strainer, reserving liquid. Add spinach to onion and mix well. Sprinkle with flour and cook, stirring frequently, 3 minutes. Blend in broth and reserved spinach liquid and bring to simmer. Cook 10 minutes. Stir in half and half, pepper and nutmeg and simmer 5 minutes. Add bacon and cheese. Ladle soup into bowls and serve hot.

I always buy a loaf of sourdough bread as it goes excellently with this soup. We enjoyed a nice glass of the Lindeman's Chardonnay I've written about before then after getting the kids to bed sat down and watched Mission Impossible: III. Now personally I think Tom Cruise is a nut and wish he would just make movies and the rest of the time stay out of the public eye but I will give him this. Most of his movies are at least entertaining and this is no exception. Not as good as the first one, seems sequels never are, but entertaining none the less. We recorded this off of DirectTV pay-per-view when it was on sale for $1.99 which is about what I would recommend paying to see this. Starting Monday, 2/5, I'll start using my corkscrew rating system for all wines reviewed. It will be at the top of each post giving you an easy way to see what I think about the featured wine/wines. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often!

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