It’s Date Night In: (Wisconsin) Cauliflower Soup & (California) French Bread Rolls.

wisconsin cauliflower soup

It’s been so chilly that I wanted to make soup tonight. Thought I’d re-post this lovely soup and bread recipe I made back in the fall. Mmmm, I can smell the bread baking right now! Can’t wait to savor this meal tonight.


Date Night In!

We often get Olive Garden To Go and order one meal to split between the two of us ($11.95).  Then, online reserve a redbox movie from for the super cheap price of $1.02.  Our total date cost is $12.97 – cheap but wonderful.  We glam up the night on occasion with wine and candles.  Perfume and a dress make an appearance often but the flexibility also offers us to snuggle in our jammies as we curl up on the sofa for our movie.  Tonight- we reserved The Avengers.

I found a great cauliflower recipe via pinterest and decided to integrate a little home-ec and science (and math of course)  into our homeschool day. (making soup is a great way to demonstrate the water cycle-which we are studying right now)

I made some changes to the recipe to fit my needs and ingredients.  It turned out tasty! Even my helpers requested a bowl for lunch because the taste test spoonful was not enough!



  1. Melt butter and chopped onion together in a large sauce pan and sauté for approximately 10 minutes over medium heat until onion gets golden in color.
  2. Add flour and stir to make a roux. Toss onion and flour.
  3. Slowly add the milk. Stir the entire time. And chicken broth and stir constantly.
  4. Add chopped cauliflower and heat until boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until cauliflower is tender. About 10-15 minutes. Place contents of sauce pan into blender and blend until smooth
  6. Return cauliflower mixture to saucepan; heat over medium heat until hot, stirring occasionally. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in mustard and cheese until melted and smooth.
  7. Garnish with a little cheese or croutons.

 California French Bread Rolls

These are amazing as a companion to this dish or for any kind recipe calling for home made bread (i.e. pepperoni bread, stuffed breads, etc.)


7 c unbleached flour

2 pkgs dry yeast

3 c warm water (make it warm! It activates the yeast)

1 T salt

Reserve 1 c. flour.  Mix all remaining ingredients in a bowl until manageable.  I use my kitchen aid mixer and put on the dough hook.  Slowly incorporate reserve flour.  Let rise 1 hr. in greased bowl (covered with plastic wrap).  Punch down. Let rise 1 more hour.  Punch down.  Dust 2 cookie sheets with corn meal (optional but makes for a sweet bite to the bread).  Cut dough into 24 chunks, shape into balls, place on sheets, rise 45 minutes.  Bake in preheated oven 440F x 15 min.  rotate trays top to bottom and front to back. Bake 15 minutes more or until well colored.  Use with in 12 hours.

Dough is freezable.  I often split the dough in half and freeze one portion while serving the other at a meal.




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