As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Soup On Tuesday: Week 4

Another winter Tuesday, another soup night.  This week, I made a "copy cat" recipe based on the Broccoli Cheddar soup that my husband has enjoyed several times at Panera Bread.    

We all decided that this one is not a repeat.  While it was loaded with vitamins (carrots, onions, and a generous amount of broccoli) and flavor (the broccoli flavor was pronounced), it was also loaded with fat.  I am not typically a low-fat kind of cook.  (I should be, but I am not.)  But this soup was too rich for me.  If I were to make it again, I would probably reduce the amount of cheese by half. 

The real success of the night were the French baguettes that Kati made to accompany the soup!

Remember last week when I hinted to the resident baker that it would be nice to have some homemade bread with our soup?  Well, this morning I reminded her.  And then when I began to cook dinner tonight, I asked her what she had decided, thinking that she must be planning to make muffins or some sort of quick bread since she had not yet begun.  Gasp! (from Kati)...she had forgotten my request.  She did a quick Google search (the word "fast" was one of her search terms) and announced that she was going to make Fast French Baguettes. 

I must confess that I doubted that we would be having hot yeast bread by the time the soup was ready...but she surprised me!  She substituted rapid rising yeast for regular, allowed the dough to rise in a warmed oven, and shortened a bit of the rise time.*  And the bread was ready before the soup!

Tonight's soup...and bread...

Click ~here~ for soup recipe.
 Click ~here~ for bread recipe. 

Have you ever tried a "copy cat" recipe?  Did you think it was as good as the restaurant version?

* Note: Kati also substituted some whole wheat pastry flour for some of the white flour, but, of course, that had no effect on the speed. ~smile~


  1. Mmmm... it smells wonderful! I'm telling Erin that Kati makes yeast bread. Maybe my scaredy-cat will get brave. ;)

    Blessings, Debbie

  2. We used a copy cat recipe for Hidden Valley Ranch dressing, tweaked it a bit and now it is our regular dressing.

    We've used a few others but can't think of any that really were fantastic!

    I am going to copy the bagette recipe! We love quick breads!


  3. How interesting! I tried to find a copy cat recipe for the bread I'm looking for. Couldn't find one. Yes, I've had some pretty good results. I think the best one is the cheddar cheese biscuits like those served at Red Lobster.

  4. I enjoy soup year round, and Panera Bread has the best, I am told that their site has recipes, have wanted to visit to see.. I have book marked these two sites you mentioned and will check them out. Isn't it amazing when our children give us such pleasant surprises. Kati, has a great teacher.
    Enjoy your day.

  5. Mmm, I LOVE Panera Bread soup. It's definitely one of my favorite restaurants! Also- I wanted to let you know that I tagged you in a post today. feel free to participate if you want!

  6. I've been bloggin for five years and three different blogs and I can still find an incredible blog online that I can't do without. This soup looks so yummy. And I have to have it right now. Thanks! :)


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