The good news is, everyone will eat, everyone will drink and everyone will fall into a food coma for so long, you have time to pack their bags packed and have their cars warmed up! "Oh your up? Nice to have, you, toodles"! Maybe if you are lucky, they will be nice enough to bring you a fabulous unique gift!
In fact, remember to take your host or hostess something nice for having you! Some think it is an old fashioned practice, I say, "bring me presents"! Heh, did I say that out loud?
I mention gifts, because well, I want to share a great gift idea with you. How about that adorable bowl and plate in my cover photo? I received it from Uncommon Goods!
I love this company. How can you not love a company that not only provides a platform for artists, and designers, but gives back as well! As an independently run company, they have the ability to support causes they believe in and support the world! If you place an order, $1.00 will be donated to a non-profit that they support, there are several to choose from and YOU get to choose!
The truth is, yes, I was gifted these items, including those "Pinch and Dash" salt and pepper shakers, LOVE! But there is nothing "unique" you can't find here. Even kids will enjoy the gifts available to them! You not only give a gift, you, in a way, give a lesson in giving. I think it is a great idea and knowing that my purchase will also support a good cause, just is the coolest thing. I wish I lived in Brooklyn, where Uncommon Goods is headquartered. I would creep on that place daily, they would give me things, just to get rid of me. (pats myself on the back) Good idea. Anyway, when I found out I could choose what I wanted, of course being the soup obsessed human I am, I needed soup bowls of some sort. These ROCK! I love to serve food on crisp, clean, white dishes. Just my preference, and these were perfect for feeding my OCD tendencies. I wanted a nice, comforting soup, one that you needed a stack of crackers for, or a big ol' grilled cheese, (OMG WHY didn't I dunk a grilled cheese in this?!?!).
Oh, WAIT!!!! I forgot!!
Uncommon Goods has been so kind as to offer to send one of you, a duplicate of what they sent me! ACCKK! I know right?!? A set of 2, plates with bowls and an adorable set of "Pinch and Dash" salt and pepper shakers! What do you have to do to win? OK, here it is.......ready?
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Now on to the recipe!
2- 8oz cans of mushrooms, drained
4 T. Butter
5 T. Flour
1 T. Chives
4 cups half and half
8 ounces Swiss Cheese
1 bouillon cube (2 if your cubes make only 1 cup of broth, if you use the softer cubes ex. Knorr that makes 2 cups, use just one)
Yes, the answer is yes, I used canned mushrooms for this, you can use fresh but use about 18-20 ounces, and cook them down in your butter straight away! Even if you use canned, chop them up if you like small unidentifiable pieces or keep them just sliced as is.
In a medium pot on medium heat, melt your butter. Add in your drained/cleaned mushrooms and saute for about 3-4 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and a dash of pepper!
Now add in your flour. Let's face it, it is going to look like vomit. Flour added into veggies, in this amount always looks like vomit. I can't help my honesty, the facts are the facts. My mother's voice is going off in my head right now, "Christine Ellen why in God's name would you use the word VOMIT, can't you think of a more adult word"?
On medium/medium high heat, stir in the flour and continue to stir for about 1 minute, constantly. Add in 1 cup of half and half, Stir until smooth. Add in the rest of your half and half, your bouillon cube, and your chives and stir until combined. Let simmer while stirring for 2-3 minutes, add in cheese and guess what......? Stir some more! When your cheese is melted and your soup is creamy and delicious it is time to serve it up!
This will easily serve 4 as a meal, in my opinion. Especially if you don't forget the "big ol'" grilled cheese!!
I can't believe I used the word "vomit" in a food blog post. Just goes to show you, some of us never grow up! Make sure to get registered and leave your comment including your email address below!
ENJOY! And thanks to Uncommon Goods for partnering with FoodThoughtsOfaChefwannabe!!!