"In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is a sign of perfection." - Curnonsky

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Soup of the Week & The Dresden Files: Soul Beneficiary

This soup tastes like you spent all day cooking. Plus you can spoon the leftovers over baked potatoes!

Broccoli-Cheese Noodle Soup

1 pkg (10 oz) frozen chopped broccoli
2 oz angel hair pasta (not sure how to measure this out - I had too many noodles)
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup water
3/4 cup milk
6 oz Velveeta cheese, cubed
1/2 cup sour cream

Cook both the broccoli and pasta according to package directions; drain. In a large saucepan, melt butter, stir in flour until smooth. Gradually stir in the water, milk and pepper until blended. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; stir in cheese until melted. Stir in the broccoli, pasta and sour cream; heat through (do not boil).

The Dresden Files: Soul Beneficiary

Waking up in bed with room service delivered by a pretty blonde would make any sane man question his luck–and might even cause a bit of confusion Heh. Well, that’s what happened to Harry Dresden.

This episode had Harry investigating a case of black magic. At first, it just seemed a run of bad luck with two people dying in his apartment. One was a client, one was the client’s wife. Both died supposedly of heart attacks. Yet, the thing was that Harry found out neither really had died.

Come to find out, the wife was in league with a morgue assistant who just so happened to be a dark wizardess. The scheme they had was simple. Drug an unsuspecting man, move him to another city, and have think he was married. Then, with a life insurance policy taken out, the wizardess would kill them and then resurrect the man after having collected the money and start the process all over again. Neat trick, huh? Yeah. That was until Harry Dresden got involved.

The two women, who turned out to be lovers as well as partners-in-crime, abducted Harry and set out to do the same scheme using him. However, it backfired, of course, and Harry was able to escape. It was hilarious when the one woman (the one playing the wife) was trying to kill him, and he was like, “wait honey, can’t we talk this out?” Heck, she was wielding a fireplace poker at him! I guess that’s what drugs do to you. Then, when Murphy came to pick him up, she had to help him into the Suburban she was driving, twice. He climbed out. Now, that was funny.

Oh, the skull Bob lives in is supposedly his own skull. That is to say: his skull when he actually had a body. That was his punishment. Apparently, he’d brought back to life the woman he loved using a resurrection spell, which is against the laws of magic–because it’s considered dark magic. So, now he has to spend eternity as a ghost inside his own skull. Yikes! Nice touch, though.

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