Fourth Grade Journey

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Treat Tuesday #60...

Treat Tuesday - Cheeseburger Paradise Soup

*A friend of mine posted this on Facebook.

*We looked it up and gave it a try.

*Let me just say it was DELICIOUS!!!


  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground turkey or beef
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups 2% milk, divided
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (16 ounces) process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • Crumbled cooked bacon


  1. In a Dutch oven, bring the first nine ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and mushrooms in butter over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add to soup. Stir in 4 cups milk; heat through.
  3. In a small bowl, combine flour and remaining milk until smooth; gradually stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; stir in cheese until melted. Garnish with bacon. Yield: 14 servings (about 3-1/2 quarts).

Treat Tuesday:  Middle Grade Novel

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

*A student saw these two books on my "hard cover" book shelf and asked me about them.

*After raving about them, the reader took Hugo to start reading and then was going to read Wonderstuck afterwards.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Treat Tuesday:  Adult Novel

How Evan Broke His Head by Garth Stein

*Garth's new book comes out this month and I was reminded of this great story that he wrote.  A must-read!  

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