It’s been a beautiful weekend in Chicago! The very first hints of summer I’ve been in town to witness.
Dinner has been especially tasteful and simple. It all started with one of these:
See? Told you it was tasteful. 😉 Allow me to explain further.
I’ve never had beer bread in my life, but Bobby and I received a few Tastefully Simple mixes as gifts several months ago and decided this weekend was as good a time as any to try them out!
For the Bountiful Beer Bread, all we needed was the box and 12 oz. of the good stuff. Easy enough! We threw everything together in a bowl and mixed for 30 seconds, then put it into a greased loaf pan. The instructions said to keep it lumpy. Check!
While the bread was baking for 50-55 minutes at 375 degrees, we got started on our next trick.
Our first thought upon looking at the Creamy Wild Rice soup mix was that it would be too light on its own. We decided to add sautéed shrimp and vegetables for good measure.
The soup mix was combined with five cups of water and left to its own devices for 45 minutes.
Now we were faced with time to waste. But no time is ever wasted when wine is involved.
We began enjoying a bottle of Three Wishes Cabernet Sauvignon – Whole Foods version of Two Buck Chuck – and watched The Colbert Report while we waited for the soup to simmer and the bread to bake (alliteration optional).
Trust me, this meal was worth the wait.
As soon as I pulled the beer bread out of the oven, I knew we were in for one glorious dinner. Then I sliced off the crust and swooned. Yes. It really was that good.
While we allowed the bread to cool, I finished heating up the shrimp and veggies and threw them both into the soup pot. We ladled out two bowls of creamy perfection. The additions were just what the soup needed to give it that extra oomph!
Red peppers and mushrooms and broccoli and onions, oh my.
Plus beer bread for dipping. Although being a bread fiend, I preferred it most when served plain.
This dinner allowed us to cross a new recipe off our list — even if it was from a box. The team at Tastefully Simple definitely knows what they are doing! They are Minnesotans, don’t you know. Some dedicated foodies originate from there, it seems. 😉
Summer is approaching, which typically means using more fresh foods and less cans and boxes. But…
What is one canned or boxed food that you absolutely love to eat or use in recipes?
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a wonderful last full week of May! <— CRAZY!