Meatless Meals 4: Broccoli Cheese Soup

When You Think “Lenten Meals” — Think Vegetarian!

As a family, Lenten Meals to us are an opportunity to enjoy “meatless” meals.  And, I do mean — ENJOY!  During the Lenten Season, we make an effort to eat “meatless” two times a week — on Wednesdays and Fridays.  I will do my best to post some of our favorites during these next few weeks!

Growing up in a four row-home complex surrounded by family members (through birth & adopted)…. grandmothers, aunts, uncles and cousins…. during the time when every Friday was meatless, I have many a recipe for “meatless” / “lighter” meals.  Many are the “normal” fare…. Macaroni & Cheese, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Spaghetti in a meatless red sauce, Fish Dishes, Egg Dishes, Crepes (palacinka)….. But, some are very “ethnic” in nature.  As you will notice as I share them with you through my posts.  I expect at times, you may be taken back asking yourself —- “Really?”  As to the likes of our Slovenian “Turnip Pie” for example.  And, then you will make it, taste it and delight in its deliciousness!

Here’s our favorite recipe for…

Broccoli Cheese Soup

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 cups vegetable broth, homemade or store-bought
  • 1 small head of broccoli, washed, cutting mainly, bite size, florets for the soup      (you can buy the florets at your local grocery and use the stems if you wish)
  • 1 cup carrot, julienne thinly or grate
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

In a saute pan, melt your butter and saute the onions.  Set aside.
Melt the additional butter in the same pan and whisk in the flour for approximately 5 minutes.
Stirring constantly, slowly add the half and half.
Cook for approximately another 1 – 2 minutes.
Then, add the vegetable broth — as you continue to whisk the ingredients together.
Reduce your heat and simmer this for approximately 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, add the sautéed onions, broccoli florets and carrots.
Cook over a low heat until the vegetables are tender.
Approximately, 20 – 25 minutes.

Taste and add salt and pepper to your preference.

At this point some people like to puree it in a blender or use your infuser blender (my favorite!).
We just eat it like this because the florets are bite size.

The soup should be a nice consistency.
Over low heat, now add the shredded cheese stirring until it is well blended.

Serve it in a hollowed out mini round bread or just serve it with some delicious crusted bread!

Top with a little of the shredded cheese and as always…..



Serve with some delicious crusted bread ;)
Serve with some delicious crusted bread 😉

Adventure FOOD: True Caesar Salad: Cookbook Submissions "Over the Years" – Workplace: The Swain School – 1989

I was the Preschool and Lower School Director at The Swain School from September, 1987 – June, 2008

Food / Cooking being a Passion of mine…..
For the School’s 60th Anniversary, I volunteered my time to compiling an Anniversary Cookbook!

To this day…. People still comment to me about how they refer to it for some favorites!

The cookbook is out-of-print so….

I will be sharing some of the recipes on this blog that I / our family submitted and…
some of our favorites from our Swain friends!

Submitted by The Lipsky Family: “TRUE” CAESAR SALAD*

created by Caesar Cardini at Caesar’s Hotel in Tijuana, Mexico in 1924

  • 2 heads of romaine, washed, dried
  • and refrigerated at least 8 hours
  • 3/4 cup garlic flavored oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 large lemon, halved
  • 6 – 8 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 coddled eggs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup croutons
  • wooden salad bowl


  • put 4-5 cloves of garlic in mixture of 1 1/2 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • cover and let set 4 -5 days – remove garlic.


  • bring water to a boil, add eggs.
  • Remove pan from heat – after 1 minute remove eggs from water and set aside.


  • take 2 day old bread – remove crusts – cut into 25 squares.
  • Place in roasting pan and dribble with 3/4 cup garlic flavored oil, flip to coat.
  • Bake at 350 (degree oven) for 30 minutes, flipping cubes every 5 minutes.


  • Place romaine in salad bowl and toss with 1/2 cup oil (using a waving motion).
  • Add salt and pepper, toss again.
  • Add lemons, Worcestershire sauce, break eggs over salad, add remaining 1/4 cup oil and cheese and toss again.
  • Add croutons last and toss lightly.

After gathering ingredients, make this in front of your guests at the table.
Arrange leaves on a dinner plate stem side out – this makes it easier to eat with fingers!!

*Submitted by The Lipsky Family to The Swain School – 60 Years of Traditions and Family Recipes in 1989

LifeDesigning 1 Team Confesses….

Foodies 101!

LifeDesigning1 is Admitting:  WE ARE FOODIES!

There comes a time when one has to confess… and the time is now!
We are……. FOODIES!
We are……. foodies from way back!  It’s actually generational!  
My Grandparents (mom’s) came to the United States from Austria, Hungary & Yugoslavia (specifically, in an area which is now Slovenia) with many wonderful hopes, dreams and passions!  The United States was a promise of opportunity, freedom… starting a new, abundant, prosperous life!
With them they brought many skills and talents… compassion, a strong work ethic, cooking, baking, farming…. and love!  The love of family, children, friends & community! 
What we will venture into here is the extension of their passion — ours now  — for Food!  
In the early 1900’s, my grandparents were Growing and Nurturing their food, initially, on their farm and then, on small plots of land.  
They were Cooking and Baking It!  Surrounded by family, friends and community… they cooked and baked often and they did it with Passion and Love! 

Being Foodies… we will be posting about our favorites here:  

  • Our Favorite Foods
  • Recipes
  • Cookbooks
  • TV programs
  • Classes
  • Places we’ve explored, munched / dined at & purchase some of our favorite foods 
  • And… of course, Restaurants!  Where we’ve dined and dine, some rather frequently!
This is our Adventure — Food!  🙂  

Good Times Ahead! 

A little example of what’s to come 😉