Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup – Comfort in a bowl

Cauliflower Cheddar Soup

by JenniferA - Bread and Putter on June 3, 2011

It’s been a rough 24 hours here in Western Massachusetts. I am feeling extremely grateful that my friends and family are safe and there was no damage to my neighborhood.  The images of the places I know so well that are no longer recognizable in Springfield and West Springfield and Westfield are shocking. As I watched funnel clouds forming from the window of my office, I couldn’t really process it as actually happening.  I thought about grabbing my camera but then thought no, it’s not really a tornado. 

There’s been so many natural disasters this year and the Red Cross is stretched thin. If you can, please donate and your dollars will be used to help here or in other storm ravaged areas.

Have you heard this new Aaron Lewis song?  It’s a little twangier than I’m used to from the lead singer of Springfield’s own Staind. But, it’s an ode to this place and I love it too.

Now that the storms have passed the air is cooler, I think we could all use a little comfort food. And what’s more comforting than soup – especially this cheesy soup from Fine Cooking.


As unlikely as it is for me, I followed this recipe pretty closely, although my reserved florets didn’t garnish very well – they sunk. Okay, I actually used a little less cheese too so maybe more cheese would have held them up. Some chopped up scallions looked pretty on top and tasted great with it.

You can make a meal by serving this soup alongside a BLT made with good bacon. Bacon always makes me feel better too.

Stay safe out there, everyone.

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Scott Thomas Photography June 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm

So happy to hear you and yours are fine. Viewing the video was frightening and news of the fatalities saddening. A nice hot bowl of soup sounds perfect to chase away the bad and as Springfield gets ready to rebuild.


JenniferA June 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Thank you Scott!


Josie June 3, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Knowing that you are ok is a somewhat selfish (and naive) relief for me, due to your proximity to those I love the most. But it’s also a relief to know, because as much as I rag on West Springfield, and as much as I’d never want to live there again, my history and my home and my roots are there. And it was and is very scary, to think of how fast that can be destroyed by a freak moment.
Also, like everyone of a certain age in Western MA, I went to high school with someone whose cousin is in Staind. So even if I don’t like them, I have a soft spot for them too. :)


JenniferA - Bread and Putter June 4, 2011 at 12:30 am

I totally get it, Josie. I am feeling a bit of “survivor’s guilt” myself. But mostly I just feel really fortunate.


Karma June 4, 2011 at 12:08 am

I had not heard of that Staind song; that was pretty cool.
Things still feel so strange around here, don’t they? We are so lucky.


JenniferA - Bread and Putter June 4, 2011 at 12:32 am

It is. I heard you need to show an ID to get into some neighborhoods in town showing that you live there. Such a weird thing to think. I don’t even know about the fates of some local businesses in town. We are incredibly lucky!!!!


caryl June 4, 2011 at 2:03 am

It’s funny that you can feel close to a person you’ve never actually met, but I thought of you when I heard about the damage in West Springfield. Glad to hear that you and yours are OK.

P.S. The soup looks delish!


JenniferA June 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm

I know. Thanks, buddy. :-)


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