I know. This is random with a Capital R…but just hang ON. Because you don’t even KNOW how incredible this soup is. We’ve been bonbarded with requests for the recipe (and invitations to dinner!), so what better way to get my talented personal Silver Fox Chef”s recipe out for all the world to try!?
Stephen’s Cream of Broccoli With Carrot and Mushroom Soup
Florets cut off from 3 medium sized broccoli crowns and a portion of upper stem peeled and diced
2 slices thick cut smoky bacon ½ inch diced
1 Tbs olive oil (or other cooking oil of choice)
1 medium shallot finely diced
3 cloves garlic finely diced or crushed through a garlic press
¼ tsp of ground chipotle or ground cayenne (more or less to taste)
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 Tbs dry white wine
3 medium carrots coarse shredded
2 ribs celery ¼ inch dice
½ lb. crimini mushrooms ½ inch dice
¼ cup all purpose flour
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 bay leaves
1 cup cream (or ½ and ½ if you’re thinking lighter)
Salt and pepper to taste (added to each layer as ingredients are added)
Blanch broccoli in 4 quarts salted boiling water until just tender and bright green. Shock in ice water to cool quickly and retain color. Once broccoli has cooled, run through food processor until finely chopped, scraping bowl a couple of times to get uniform chop. Should resemble coarse wet sand.
Meanwhile, in stock pot, brown bacon over MED heat until crisp. Remove bacon with slotted spoon and drain on paper towel, leaving rendered fat in pan.
Add Tbs of olive oil to pan and then add garlic, shallot, thyme and chipotle. Cook until translucent, but not browned. Deglaze with wine.
Add carrots, celery and mushrooms. Cook until moisture is almost gone from mushrooms. Add flour gradually and cook stirring to combine well with veggies.
Pour in stock, add bay leaves, stir well and bring to boil until soup thickens slightly. Add chopped broccoli, stir thoroughly, then reduce heat to LOW, cover, and simmer for 20-30 min. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking to bottom.
Just before serving, add cream and stir until heated through.
Serving suggestion: Add dollop of sour cream in center of bowl and sprinkle with smoked paprika.
One thing: If you make this, you MUST take pics and send your reviews to us at my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s just get this out of the way right now: LUPITA NYONG’OWINS EVERYTHING THIS AWARDS SEASON. She’s what we call Total Package Overload ’round these parts, and that simply means that Lupita has perfected the fine art of sheer elegance and majesty with her ability be show how a talented, highly intelligent, gracious and bloody gorgeous young woman can present herself. This Gucci gown? I gasped, then I fainted. Oh hello, Academy Award! Yes, I’m calling it NOW.
Let’s get to the cringe-fest now, shall we? Three words: “ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT.”
I’d like to mention that while I’m pleased (I guess?) that Matthew McConaughey won the SAG Award for Best Actor, that speech of his was over-indulgent and far too long…and I THANK Cate Blanchett from the bottom of my heart for side-eyeing that verbal vom-fest, as well as telling the ticking speech clock to fuck off for trying to shove her offstage. No. And HELL NO.
“I’ve been away from the film industry for a long time making theater … 29 seconds?! Matthew McConaughey spoke about Neptune and I think I can have five seconds,”
HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHHAAAAA! Seriously. Dead laughing for so many reasons. Sure, we know the broadcast was on a time limit, but giving Just Keep Livin’ everyone else’s allotted speech acceptance time is just not cool, man.
Oh, and All Hail Heisenberg, PoorJesse.com, et al and Vince Gilligan for the Breaking Bad win!
Here’s the entire list of winners for you:
Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture
• “12 Years a Slave” • “American Hustle” —WINNER • “August: Osage County” • “Dallas Buyers Club” • “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role
• Bruce Dern, “Nebraska” • Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave” • Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips” • Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club” — WINNER • Forest Whitaker, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role
• Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips” • Daniel Bruhl, “Rush” • Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave” • James Gandolfini, “Enough Said” • Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club” — WINNER
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role • Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle” • Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave” — WINNER • Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County” • June Squibb, “Nebraska” • Oprah Winfrey, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries
• Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra” • Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra” — WINNER • Jeremy Irons, “The Hollow Crown” • Rob Lowe, “Killing Kennedy” • Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries
• Angela Bassett, “Betty & Coretta” • Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor” • Holly Hunter, “Top of the Lake” • Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector” — WINNER • Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series
• Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire” • Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” — WINNER (SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!) • Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom” • Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” • Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series
Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series
• “30 Rock” • “Arrested Development” • “The Big Bang Theory” • “Modern Family” — WINNER • “Veep”
Outstanding action performance by a stunt ensemble in a motion picture
• “All is Lost” • “Fast & Furious 6” • “Lone Survivor” — WINNER • “Rush”” • “The Wolverine”
Outstanding action performance by a stunt ensemble in a comedy or drama series
• “Boardwalk Empire” • “Breaking Bad” • “Game of Thrones” — WINNER • “Homeland” • “The Walking Dead”
Life achievement award
I watched part of the ceremony live, then went out to dinner with my Silver Fox Husband. We came home and watched the rest on DVR, which was great because I could fast forward through the embarrassing and awkward parts (5/8ths of the broadcast, including the lame-o announcer). It would make me very happy if I never hear an award winner SING part of their acceptance speech, OR pretend they don’t speak English well (SOFIA VERGARA? Enough already!), OR mention Venus and a Russian dude who built a boat.
Yes. WE are. My SilverFox husband and I have been waiting like expectant parents for our new baby. We’ve gone through a litany of drills and tests and home-visits to ensure that we are indeed good enough and smart enough to care for a whippet. (This will be our 4th whippet. You’ll remember we lost Liz Taylor our beloved Angelina back in March.)
So. I’ll be running in and out today, preparing the nursery…that kind of thing. Be prepared to have videos and photos crammed down your collective throats once our new boy settles in. Or the very second he sets foot in the house.