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Cooking with Courtney – Potato Broccoli Soup

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By Courtney McEwen 

Winter is soup season. Vegetables, proteins, starches, soups don’t discriminate. Ladle after ladle, there’s something so comforting about a simmering pot on the stove. From my crew to yours, here’s one of our favorites. May your bowls be full, your crackers be crunchy, and your hearts be happy!

Potato Broccoli Soup

Ingredients:

1/4 cup onion, chopped

1/3 cup celery, chopped

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup flour

4 cups diced potatoes, rinsed and peeled

2 cups broccoli florets, slightly steamed

3 cups chicken broth

1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

2 cups whole milk

1/4 teaspoon paprika

Salt & pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Melt butter in pot, over medium heat. Saute onions and celery until tender. Add flour and spices to pot, stir until combined. Add the broth and milk, followed by the potatoes and bring to a boil. Keep stirring until it thickens. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook for another 10-15 minutes until potatoes are tender. Use potato masher to break down some, not all, of the potatoes (I mash approximately 11 times…or 12…or…). Feel free to skip this step if you want larger potato pieces. Add steamed broccoli and cheese to the pot. Stir and continue cooking over low heat until cheese is melted. Serve warm with crackers and top with a little extra cheese…just because you can. It’s a pot of creamy goodness even the kids will enjoy!

 

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When A City Girl Goes Country

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By Annette Bridges

Everyone needs a room with a view that makes their heart happy. My honest favorite panorama would be either the mountains or the ocean. I have yet to convince my hubby to make permanent moves to either, although he does enjoy the visits as much as I do.

The location of our house on our ranch does not provide the expansive field of vision of our land that I would enjoy. So, I have created a room decorated and furnished in a way that gives me smiles, giggles, and a wonderful peace-filled feeling when I am hanging out in it. I am in that place right now writing this column. I am in a lounging position with my computer in my lap on the chaise that was once my sweet mama’s. I had it reupholstered this year to give it a fresh look.

To read more, pick up a copy of the April issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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On the Road with Dave Alexander

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Local celebrity dancers of the greater Gainesville area brought the house down recently at the second annual “Dancing With Our Stars” contest in Lindsay. The event raised more than $200,000 as the sponsored dance teams did their best to take home the grand prize.

The money raised will go to the “Heart of NTMC” Campaign for the purchase of a cardiac capable CT machine for the Gainesville hospital. Rodolfo “Rudy” Martinez and Sherry Sherriden took home the Mirror Ball Trophy.

To read more, pick up a copy of the April issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Jesses Jewelz

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By Jesse Kader

I’m super excited for this month’s article. I’m thrilled to share my first ever Jesses Jewelz exclusive piece with you. This blazer has been in the works and design for close to a year and I finally get to offer it to you. It is also available in two other colors. I hope you love it as much as I do. See them and the other colors at www.jessesjewelz.com

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