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Vegetable chowder and my PERFECT Fall day!

It’s finally been getting colder in my neck of the woods! I absolutely love the fall and winter weather! I love the smell of the rain and wearing hoodies and jeans everywhere! When I get to be home with nothing to do, there is nothing better than cuddling up on the couch and having some nice warm soup while watching the fire burn.

Last weekend I got to thinking; I had the nice fall weather and the smell of the rain, and I was pretty sure I could convince the hubby to get a fire burning, so there was just one thing missing to make this my perfect day…my soup! As always I was scrolling around Pinterest and found this tasty looking vegetable chowder from Lulu the Baker here. Even better, I had all the ingredients on hand!

Looks super yummy! So I got to work. I started by prepping all my ingredients to make my life a little easier.

20121120-122541.jpg Half an onion, chopped, 2 stalks of celery, chopped, 1 cup of carrots, 2 large potatoes, cubed and 4 cloves of garlic. The recipe called for a little less celery than I used, but only because they didn’t like celery as much. I happen to have no problem with extra veggies so in they went. It also called for a little less garlic than I used. Have I mentioned I love garlic?! An all natural healer, and adds tons of flavor! I usually double the amount of garlic in any recipe! And instead of chopping the carrots I grated them.

To start the soup I melted a couple tablespoons of butter then threw in the onion, celery and carrots to soften up a bit.

20121120-122925.jpg After a few minutes of cooking I added the Garlic in and cooked it for a few more minutes.

20121120-123011.jpg Then, I added 4 cups of chicken stock and the potatoes. I then let it simmer for a while until the potatoes became soft. About 15-20 minutes.

20121120-123122.jpgOnce the potatoes became soft I added a milk and flour mix to thicken the soup up. I let it boil for a few minutes before adding in the broccoli. Then simmer again until the broccoli becomes tender.

20121120-123306.jpg Now for the cheese!!! Who doesn’t love cheese?! It makes everything better! Everything! Two cups of grated cheddar cheese and that was that. My chowder was done! It looked, smelled, and most of all, tasted amazing!! I will definitely be making this again. Thanks Lulu the Baker, for topping off my perfect fall day!!