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February 16
The Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian

…will be with us! 

If you are feeling overwhelmed, adrift, or just plain angry, and wondering how you can make a difference in the world right now, then come to Common Ground and hear from Andrea. She has been active in movements for social and political change since the anti-Vietnam War protests of the 1970s.  An anti-racism educator, nonviolence trainer, and environmental justice activist, Andrea has the wisdom and courage to help us chart a course for the days ahead. 

Recipe for February 16

Broccoli Cheese Soup
(Serves 35)

4 Onions, diced
4 sticks Butter
1 1/3 cup Flour
16 cups Whole Milk
8 cups Half-and-half
16 heads Broccoli Cut Into Florets
4 pinches Nutmeg
12 cups Grated Cheese (mild Cheddar, Sharp Cheddar, Jack, Etc.)
 3 Small Dashes Of Salt (more If needed)
 Freshly Ground Black Pepper
 Vegetable Broth for thinning


Instructions

Melt butter in a pot over medium heat, then add the onions. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, then sprinkle in flour. Stir to combine and cook for 1 minute or so, then pour in milk and half-and-half. Add nutmeg, then add broccoli, a small dash of salt, and plenty of black pepper. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender. Stir in cheese and allow to melt. Taste seasonings and adjust if needed. Hand blend to break up the broccoli. Thin with broth if needed.

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