In a medium, heavy bottomed sauce pot, begin heating up the cream and creammilk on medium-low heat; whisking continuously. Once hot, whisk in the roux and continue heating until the mixture just begins to simmer and thickens. Remove from heat.
In a large, heavy-bottomed soup pot (do NOT use a ‘non-stick’ pot), sauté the bacon to render its fat on medium heat. Add the butter and the olive oil to the bacon bits and fat.
Add the onion and sauté for 1 minute, add all the mushrooms and sauté until the mushrooms have rendered their liquid and the pot has developed nice brown (but not burnt) bits on its bottom.
Deglaze the pan with the wine (i.e. scrape up all the brown bits into the liquid so the pan bottom is clean). Add the brown stock and stir.
Slowly stir in the thickened dairy mixture into the soup until smooth.
Reduce heat to low, cover and gently simmer for 10 minutes. Adjust seasonings and serve with chunks of fresh French bread and butter.
Softened vegetables, including onions and bell peppers, amped up with spices like chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne, form the base of this tortilla soup. Chicken broth and tomatoes are added, along with soft corn tortillas that meld into the liquid to make a hearty, thick meal. Finally, shredded chicken is stirred in, and everything is garnished with crunchy tortilla strips, sour cream, shredded cheese, and scallions (avocados, pickled jalapeños, and cilantro would all work too). Read more.
This soup is an equally wonderful way to use up all the leftover veggie odds and ends in your fridge, or to celebrate the freshest produce in season by buying it specifically for the dish (and if you get a CSA box, it can serve both purposes). Whatever vegetables you use, this is an easy, nutritious, and delicious meal, and endlessly customizable. Fresh pesto makes a great, vibrant garnish, but you could also simply sprinkle on a bit of grated Parmesan and cracked black pepper. Read more.
Rich, fudgy brownies receive a major upgrade with a hit of Baileys Irish cream. This decadent dessert is the perfect treat for a St. Patrick's Day celebration... or even just for the end of a long week.