If you haven't yet made your pre-blizzard run to the grocery store, pick up four granny smith apples, a package of high quality cheddar cheese (Cabot extra sharp comes pre-grated and it's perfect for this recipe) and four cups of chicken broth. Everything else you need, you almost certainly have in your pantry or refrigerator.
Once the snow starts to fly, you can make your delicious apple cheddar soup. Think of soup that tastes like a giant pot of cheese fondue only with the apples right in the soup! You don't have to go to the trouble of dipping them, just eat them up. Of course, this soup is best served with a fresh loaf of bread, so add that to your pre-blizzard shopping list too.
There is only one tricky part about the soup; one piece of special equipment that can make or break this recipe, and that is an immersion (or "stick") blender. If someone gave you this cool tool and you haven't yet taken it out of the box, go find that box now. Unpack it, click the top and bottom of the blender together, plug it in and you are ready to go. If you are using a regular blender to puree your soup, read the following carefully:
DO NOT FILL THE BLENDER MORE THAN HALFWAY FULL!!!!
I know that all caps may seem harsh, but this is important. We all like to save time, and we all think we are smarter than the instructions in the recipe. We think "my blender's lid won't fly off when I start it, spewing boiling hot soup to the farthest reaches of my kitchen." We think "If I fill it just a little bit more, it will only take two batches." We think, "I know how much my blender can hold."
Don't. Do. It.
When you turn on a blender full of hot soup, the process of pureeing releases a burst of hot steam which will propel the lid of a full (or more than 1/2 full) blender into the stratosphere, immediately followed by the blender's contents. Please, learn from my vast experience in this matter, and either use an immersion blender or fill your blender less than 1/2 full.
Scrubbing your ceiling of hot, cheesy soup is no way to spend a blizzard. Trust me, I know.
Here is the recipe for Apple Cheddar Soup. Enjoy...and stay warm.
For a short video of a fabulous apple peeler, see my "Cool Tools" post here.