Who Is Anastasia?

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New Castle, Indiana Zone 5, United States
When I was 55, I decided to embrace the things I love and hold precious and dear, regardless of anyone else's thoughts and opinion. I am a visual folk artist who loves flowers - my own flowers, grown and/or painted by me. I love good, hearty, exotic foods, and I love to prepare them myself. I love the secret garden situated in my backyard, regardless of how overgrown and wild it gets. No longer able to afford a vacation, this will have to be it for the time being. In the winter months, I still enjoy it. Anyway, here I am sharing my art, favorite recipes, cocktails, gardening tips, and just my usual vents and bantering. After all, I'm old enough to say whatever the heck I want to now ...


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April 1, 2010

Broccoli-Asiago Cheese-Ham Soup

It is hot, creamy and steamy, and feels oh, so good going down, and even better staying put. Broccoli Cheese Soup is a staple that has grown in popularity and remains one of the most comforting of all comfort foods.

This simple, rustic (how did food become "rustic") soup is very easy to prepare, and is often adopted by newly weds and people just learning to cook. Add this delicious broccoli cheese soup to your repertoire of recipes, and you will impress your in laws, the boss, friends and neighbors effortlessly.

Broccoli & Asiago Cheese Soup
1 bunch of broccoli
1 cup of milk
1 cup of heavy cream
1 cup of chicken broth
1 can of condensed cream of celery soup, plus 1 can of water
1 large block of cream cheese
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 cup of diced smoked ham
1 cup of Asiago cheese, shredded*
salt and pepper to taste
* 1 (additional) cup of Asiago cheese, shredded to garnish each soup bowl

Wash the broccoli carefully, removing any leaves, and coarsely chop. In a vegetable steamer or saucepan with about 1 cup of water, steam the broccoli until it is bright green and tender. Drain.

In a blender, add the broccoli, cream cheese, Asiago cheese, garlic, salt and pepper. Pulse slowly until the mixture is almost pureed.

Add the milk, cream, broth, cream of celery soup and ham. Pulse a few more times until it is smooth and creamy.

Pour the entire mixture into a large saucepan or small stockpot, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring constantly.

Serve the soup in individual soup bowls or cups, and sprinkle a generous amount of shredded Asiago cheese on top while the soup is still piping hot. This soup is wonderful with toast points or garlic bread and a small salad.

Serves 4

Easter and Passover Blessings to Everyone!


  1. Your soup sounds really lovely. I love broccoli and will eat it prepared in almost any fashion. I found your blog by chance but will be back often to see what you have been cooking. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  2. This sounds wonderful Stacey!
    I hope all is well with you!
    Cheers dear~


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The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot

The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot
A simple garden meal in the shade. No, it's not my backyard, but it looks identical to the one I grew up with at our home in Queens. Looking for an original pic of it to post soon!

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