Writing a food blog means I spend a ton of time at the grocery store but honestly, I hate grocery shopping. It seems like no matter how many times I shop at the same exact store I can still never seem to find what I’m looking for. And shopping on Saturdays or Sundays when it’s super crowded? No thanks….
So, when Sendik’s asked me if I wanted to try out Sendik’s Express — their online shopping experience that they offer here in the Milwaukee area — I knew that I needed to check it out.
The way Sendik’s Express works is that you go online, order anything you want from Sendik’s — with no minimum order — choose a pickup date and time and then one of their personal shoppers picks and packs you order. All you need to do at the pickup time is pull into the parking lot, give them a call and they’ll bring your groceries right out to your car!
The first thing I noticed when using Sendik’s Express is that unlike another fairly popular grocery store chain here in the area — who I’m not going to name — the price you pay online matches exactly with what you’d pay in the store — sale prices and all! Honestly, that’s the way it should be so it’s a shame that some stores think it’s fine to charge you a fee and jack up the prices of the items you order online.
Your first Sendik’s Express order is free and after that orders of any size are only $5.95. Obviously if you’re only picking up a couple things you might as well just run into the store yourself, but for any reasonably sized order it’s well worth it. I’ve also noticed that when ordering online I don’t seem to make the spur-of-the-moment purchases that I usually make as I’m wandering around the grocery store, so I guess this could technically even save you money from not buying things you don’t really need.
So what did I get through Sendik’s Express. Since I’ve always loved the local beer and cheese selection that Sendik’s has offered I decided to combine the two and make some Beer Cheese Soup! Yep, as much as I hate to think about it summer is just about over, and Beer Cheese Soup is absolutely perfect for fall. Plus, can you think of a more Wisconsin recipe?
I served my Beer Cheese Soup in hallowed out soft pretzel burger buns made right here in Milwaukee by Miller Baking Company. You don’t have to serve it that way, but I’ve gotta tell you, it’s the absolute perfect way to eat it. Plus, as the soup gets lower and lower in the bowl you can tear off pieces of soft pretzel to dip into the remaining soup. Miller Baking Company also make mini pretzel burger buns if you wanted to go that route to make smaller appetizer-sized versions, which would be perfect for any get-togethers you might be having. All in all my first Sendik’s Express experience was absolutely perfect!
In fact, I had such a great first experience that I ended up using Sendik’s Express again just a few days later when my friends and I were headed to a Brewers game. We placed our order ahead of time online and on the way to Miller Park we pulled up outside Sendik’s, let them know we were there and they brought out our order of brats, burgers, buns, chips, dip and beer — basically everything that we needed for a successful tailgate!
Beer Cheese Soup Recipe
- 2 cups (8 ounces) Cheddar cheese shredded
- 2 cups (8 ounces) Colby cheese shredded
- 2 cups milk
- 12 ounces beer
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 6 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tablespoons fresh chives chopped
- 4 slices bacon
- 8 pretzel buns for serving optional
Combine cheese, milk, beer, Worcestershire sauce and garlic in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until cheese melts.
Combine flour and water and add to cheese mixture.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 10 minutes or until soup is thick.
Fry and dice bacon.
If using pretzel buns as your serving dishes use a knife to carve each roll into a bowl. Spoon into bowls and sprinkle with chives and diced bacon pieces.
KathySeptember 26, 2018 at 3:55 pm (5 years ago)
Can’t wait to try this recipe and to make it for my family. Just one question, what type of beer works best? We love craft beers so I’m just wondering if I should use a lighter beer or dark and heavier one?
NickSeptember 26, 2018 at 6:05 pm (5 years ago)
You can pretty much use any beer. If there are people that aren’t huge beer fans that are going to be eating it then a light beer works best since you can’t taste it as much. I used Louie’s Demise though, which is an ale from a brewery here in Milwaukee and it tasted awesome. If everyone that’s going to be eating it loves craft beers then I say go for it and just use one of your favorites!