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Feb 18, 2008 08:35 AM

"Say Cheese" London, Ont (moved from Ontario board)

The restaurant "Say Cheese" in London on Dundas St. closed a number of years ago. I still dream about their cheese soup. Would anyone be familiar with this restaurant and be able to share a recipe?


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  1. Only commenting to say that I agree. I had their cheddar cheese soup over 30 years ago, and have never had any better since. I too would like to have the recipe.

    1. I think Hilary Alderson was the proprietor, I'm not sure what became of her. I thought about getting in touch with James Reaney, who might know.

      But that's a lot of stalking for a recipe :-)

      1. Never too much stalking for a stock! (Man, that hurt.) I remember that soup as well. I'll ask my sister if she has it. (She ate there often, and is a dab hand at soups.)

        1. I, too, loved Say Cheese when I was living in London many years ago. That cheese soup...oh man, so good!

          As a lover of cheese soups, I have tried many. The recipe for the soup I'm attaching is not the same as Say Cheese's but it satisfies my craving whenever I have it. This has become my go-to cheese soup recipe for the past few years and is as good as any I've tasted. I have no idea where this recipe came from; it was hand-written for me by a relative. The soup is not fancy, just flavourful and a snap to make:

          Stilton and Cheddar soup

          Saute for 8-10 minutes:

          2 Tbsp butter
          1/2 Cup chopped onion
          1/2 Cup chopped carrot
          1/2 Cup chopped celery
          1 clove of garlic, diced

          Then add:

          3 Cup chicken stock
          1/2 Cup crumbled Stilton
          1/2 Cup diced Old Cheddar
          1/8 tsp baking soda
          1 Cup heavy cream
          1/2 Cup white wine
          dash of cayenne pepper
          1 bay leaf

          Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove bay leaf, purée and serve.

          1. My sister and I have a tendency to cook as did our grandmothers, i.e., no measurement. Tis is my sister's response:

            Oh the Say Cheese version was my inspiration for the one that I
            generate. I make a roux, to which I add chicken broth and a couple of
            cloves of crushed garlic that are easily retrieved. Then some milk, a
            whack of cheese and very carefully add just enough beer so that it
            doesn't split. I simmer it with cilantro left whole and then I eat it.
            Quantities generated vary depending on my craving.