Getting Into a Routine

Yesterday was the end of the third week of the first term of my clinical doctorate program. The work is about what I expected, but I am spending more time than I expected doing homework. It has been a long time since I wrote a paper! I got my first one back yesterday and did well, so I guess it must be like riding a bike.

Bratwurst and Beer Soup

We spent our entire Christmas break in Wisconsin. Being home was so much fun! When we got cabbage in our first box after we got back, I found this recipe from for a bratwurst soup. The recipe looked good, but it was missing an important Wisconsin bratwurst ingredient-beer! I have remedied that in my version. This was excellent reheated. Enjoy!

Bratwurst and Beer Soup
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 6-8
  • 1 pound bratwurst
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 12 ounce bottle beer
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ a large head of cabbage, chopped
  • 3 cups milk, divided
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 4 ounces Swiss cheese, diced
  1. Remove the casing from the bratwurst. Brown in a Dutch oven, breaking up the meat as it cooks. Drain.
  2. To the Dutch oven, add the potatoes, onion, beer, and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Add cabbage. Return to a boil and the simmer for another 20 minutes.
  4. Add 2½ cups milk. Heat slowly until the soup is almost at a boil.
  5. In a small bowl, combine remaining ½ cup milk and the flour. Stir until smooth. Add to soup, stirring well to remove all lumps.
  6. When the soup has thickened, add the cheese and stir until it is melted.


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