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  • - Hey Dudes!

  • I'm Hilah and today on Hilah cooking

  • we're making Beer Cheese Soup.

  • That's kind of a weird one.

  • But, it ties in to a tale,

  • an American History tale,

  • that you're going to hear about

  • George Washington crossing the Delaware,

  • and it happened on a very special day.

  • And to tell the tale, ladies and gentlemen,

  • my friend,

  • historian,

  • comedian,

  • Dawn Brody, everyone!

  • - Hi!

  • Hi, hi. Thanks for having me.

  • - Hey Dawn.

  • - I blew it. - You kinda blew it.

  • - I'll do it over here.

  • - Yeah, yeah try that again.

  • (upbeat music)

  • - I'm so excited to be here.

  • (laughing)

  • I am. I love soup,

  • I love beer, I love cheese.

  • - It was your idea to make this soup in the first place.

  • - I know!

  • Because anytime somebody says, "What should we make?"

  • I'm like Chex Mix, beer cheese soup.

  • Those are my two things.

  • (laughing)

  • But I was like, you're way too sophisticated a cook.

  • You're a chef. You don't request Chex Mix.

  • I'm a chef.

  • - So beer cheese soup it is.

  • - Which is I know still probably pretty pedestrian.

  • - Dude, I tested it the other day.

  • It was delicious. - Yeah!

  • - I was, I've never even eaten beer cheese soup.

  • - Now, I'm from rural Wisconsin.

  • And beer cheese soup, if there's a crock pot in a bar...

  • - What? Really?

  • - It probably has beer cheese soup in it.

  • - And you just go serve yourself soup,

  • out of a crock pot in a bar?

  • - Mm hmm.

  • - I'm gonna start sauteing some vegetables.

  • Did you know there's vegetables in this soup?

  • - Sure, some people put vegetables in it.

  • No, it's good. I actually, is it,

  • are you putting carrots vegetables in it?

  • - I am.

  • - Yeah. Yeah. - Oh, okay.

  • - Carrots. Very common.

  • - So, I'm gonna saute-- - I like the amount of butter.

  • This is already a great start.

  • - Yeah, I put in half a stick.

  • I think you could do more.

  • And then I'm gonna add some leeks.

  • I hope that's,

  • I realized too late I didn't have enough onions.

  • But I had leeks.

  • - Leeks are great!

  • - Okay, so I put leeks--

  • - Like I know!

  • - and carrots.

  • My people approve!

  • (laughing)

  • Great.

  • - I'm gonna add a little bit of salt,

  • to help it soften up.

  • - Oooh, it already smells so good!

  • - So, this is gonna cook for 10 minutes.

  • Which I think is plenty of time,

  • for us to hear your American Tale.

  • So Dawn actually is an historian.

  • - Yes.

  • - And also an actor and a comedian.

  • So she tells very interesting historical tales.

  • - And, am I allowed to swear on your show?

  • - Yes.

  • - Because that's the fact is that some of this is nuts.

  • So before we even knew how many guys we had,

  • or how many guns we had,

  • we are going up against the biggest, baddest military

  • in the history of human civilization.

  • - Britain?

  • - Britain. - Really?

  • - They have more boats, more guys,

  • they've won more. They've been fighting wars,

  • against the Spanish, the French,

  • on land and at sea.

  • - They've just been kicking everybody's ass?

  • - For hundreds of years!

  • Forever!

  • They are strong. They have military.

  • And, the only thing we Colonial Americans

  • know about the military,

  • we learned from Britain.

  • Before we signed the Declaration of Independence,

  • but we're starting to think

  • maybe we're going to war with these.

  • I know, that's a big word.

  • - But in Britain, it actually means friend.

  • - Oh, so yeah! (both laughing)

  • - Frenemies! - Technically.

  • We were like, Oh my gosh,

  • we're actually gonna go to war with these guys.

  • We need to know who's gonna be in charge of the military.

  • And George Washington just shows up

  • (doorbell ringing)

  • in the Continental Congress everyday,

  • wearing his General's uniform.

  • And so they'd be like,

  • ugh! What are we gonna do?

  • We have these problems, we need the Independence written,

  • but we don't have anyone to lead the army!

  • You know?

  • And then, when he takes the job,

  • he says, "Let me explain something.

  • "I don't think I'm good enough for this.

  • "And I don't know if we can win."

  • - Holy shit, you never see that kind of humility.

  • - (whispering) I know.

  • (normal voice) So he, first thing he does,

  • in marches, as General, is he

  • Boston!

  • You're a Boston Grad.

  • - Yep. Went to Boston.

  • I didn't graduate.

  • But thanks. - Not important.

  • Not important!

  • (both laughing)

  • But the city of Boston, as you know, rich,

  • right there on the pivotal axis of all of the stuff.

  • So the British are like, "Oh. No, you won!

  • "That's nuts. I mean to be fair,

  • "we didn't think there was any chance

  • "you were even gonna try."

  • But then they do take New York.

  • - Wait, the British take New York?

  • - Oh, God yeah.

  • - Ohh, so they were like, "You can have Boston,

  • "we're gonna take this one."

  • - Well, yeah kinda. I mean, it was like,

  • we fought really hard. They were just like,

  • "We can't lose in New York!"

  • And we did. (snaps fingers) And it was such a bummer.

  • We lost it because George Washington screwed up.

  • He wasn't being a very good General.

  • And so, now it's getting cold now.

  • End of November, we leave New York.

  • And leaving New York meant, we don't have any tents,

  • stoves, wood, food, women-- - Still no shoes.

  • - Booze,

  • beer!

  • - Oh! - Which George Washington...

  • - That ties into our recipe.

  • - One of his first orders as Commander in Chief,

  • was that every Colonial soldier got a quart of beer a day.

  • - Oh, that's good. - I know.

  • - It's vitamins.

  • - Yeah! And you can't drink the water.

  • That'll kill ya.

  • - Well, and I did read, when I was researching this

  • that old beer, like the old timey beer,

  • was unfiltered, so it actually had a lot more--

  • - Nutrients.

  • - Yeah!

  • Vitamin B and like that.

  • - It was really nutritious, it was good,

  • it was good for you.

  • It was way, like you said, way healthier than water.

  • - Wholesome. - Most of the time. Wholesome.

  • And fun!

  • - Okay, so I'm gonna put in a little bit of flour,

  • and this is gonna thicken up our soup.

  • And I realized, I was so engrossed,