Tasty Bites: Double Cheddar Cauliflower Soup

Double Cheddar Cauliflower Soup

Words, pictures, and recipe by Cara Nicoletti

Here’s a recipe as cozy and simple as your favorite flannel. This cheddar cauliflower soup is perfect for crisp fall weather, and pairs beautifully with the Dogfish Head x Woolrich spruce-infused pale ale, Pennsylvania Tuxedo. Cheddar cheese and cauliflower are both great partners to a pale ale—the bright hops of the beer help to cut through the cheese’s creaminess, and the cauliflower’s sweet earthiness brings out the same attributes in the beer. We’re adding spiced pepitas not only for texture, but also to highlight the beer’s warm spices.

Double Cheddar Cauliflower Soup
Makes 2 quarts (feeds 4 hungry people)


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 small onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 lbs. cheddar cauliflower (two small heads), cored and de-stemmed
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • leaves of 5 thyme sprigs
  • leaves of 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
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Melt butter and olive oil in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add garlic and onions and cook over medium heat until soft and golden-brown—about 5 minutes. Add cauliflower florets and cook 7-10 minutes, or until cauliflower is softened. Add heavy cream, chicken stock, thyme and rosemary and simmer lightly 10-15 minutes. Pour soup into a high-powered blender. NOTE: hot soup trapped in a blender can explode if the steam has nowhere to go—to solve this, cover the hole in the lid of a blender with a towel before blending.

Blend soup until very smooth (you will probably have to do this in two batches). Transfer soup from the blender into a bowl and stir in the shredded cheddar until it’s melted and incorporated throughout (if you want your soup to be extra smooth you can run it through a fine mesh sieve before mixing in the cheddar, but you will sacrifice some of the soup’s thickness and body if you do). Season soup with salt and pepper to taste, and garnish with spicy pepitas (recipe follows).

Pepitas Spices

Spicy Toasted Pepitas
Makes 1 cup


  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup pepitas (raw green pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 300°F. In a medium bowl, whisk egg white until foamy. Add pepitas to egg white, and toss until coated. Mix dry spices together in a separate bowl, sprinkle over pepitas and toss to coat. Spread evenly on a baking sheet covered in parchment, and bake until golden brown (7-10 mins).

Cara Nicoletti

Cara Nicoletti (@caranicolleti) is the author of Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books (Little, Brown & co). She is a butcher by trade and writes the literary food blog Yummy-books.com. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and would be lost without her Woolrich Yankee Buck Boots.

Here’s a collection of cozy Woolrich creations that will keep you as warm as Cara’s cheddar cauliflower soup…

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Dogfish Head x Woolrich Pennyslvania Tuxedo Launch Event Recap

Good times were had by all at the official launch party for our co-branded beer with Dogfish Head. Our flagship store in NYC was packed with plenty of friends eager to sample the delicious spruce-infused ale aptly named Pennsylvania Tuxedo. The launch was a huge success, and we have the pictures to prove it. Watch the video above for a quick slideshow recap, and make sure to be on the lookout for Pennsylvania Tuxedo at your local beer retailer.

Click here to shop the Dogfish Head x Woolrich capsule collection.



Pennsylvania Tuxedo: A Woolrich and Dogfish Head Partnership


After a limited run last year, we are excited to announce that we have once again partnered with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery to bring back Pennsylvania Tuxedo, a spruce hopped IPA, this holiday season. Our friendship turned partnership with Dogfish Head was born out of a mutual admiration for family-owned American businesses that value quality craftsmanship.

A True Collaboration
When we discussed doing a beer with Dogfish Head, we all agreed that it would be great if our employees had an actual hand in the making of it. Over the course of several days back in May, our mill employees in Woolrich, Pennsylvania were given the opportunity to harvest new growth spruce tips. Together, we picked several hundred pounds of tips to send over to the Dogfish Head brewery in Delaware for the making of this delicious concoction. We are proud to say that this is more than just a co-branded beer, it is a true collaboration!

Reviving the Founder’s Recipe
While reading up on Woolrich history, Sam Calagione, owner and founder of Dogfish Head, was inspired by a story from the mid 19th century when Michael Bond Rich, grandson of Woolrich founder, John Rich, had an unforgettable encounter with spruce beer. The incident occurred when his father was hosting a barn raising. The young M.B. Rich recalled, “On account of rain on the day set, the raising was postponed a couple of days and the spruce beer which was prepared had acquired a potency not intended. As it was accessible to me, I drank quite freely and, when later on I stooped over to get a drink from the spring, I fell in headfirst and was too much intoxicated to get out.” Luckily, M.B. Rich was saved by a woman who happened to be fetching water from the spring, and the young boy lived to tell the story that helped Sam create Pennsylvania Tuxedo.

M.B. Rich of Woolrich

M.B. Rich

Pennsylvania Tuxedo: What’s in a Name?
Pennsylvania Tuxedo is a nod to the iconic hunting outfit of our 503 Hunt Plaid Wool Jacket and Pants traditionally worn by outdoorsmen in Pennsylvania. While the head to toe outfit isn’t as popular today, our Classic Wool Hunt Coat, known for its unparalleled warmth and durability, remains one of our best selling items.


More Than Just Beer
In addition to the beer, we also created a great selection of Woolrich x Dogfish Head co-branded products including Dogfish Head flannels featuring the exclusive “Dogfish Head Plaid” for both men and women, “Pennsylvania Tuxedo” hats with fold down ear-warming flaps, ceramic coasters, wool koozies, pint glasses, and last but not least, an embroidered 503 hunt coat. You can shop these limited edition goods here, but we have to warn you, they may not last long!


Shop the Woolrich x Dogfish Head collection here.


Inspired by the Modern Outdoor Woman: Woolrich and Westerlind

Woolrich x Westerlind FW15

We are pleased to debut our first capsule collection in partnership with Westerlind Outdoor. 100% made in the USA, the pieces are inspired by the modern outdoor woman, who is seeking new, clean designs with classic, high quality materials.

The idea for the capsule was conceived during a discussion between Woolrich’s VP of Design, Karuna Scheinfeld, and Westerlind founder, Andrea Westerlind, on the lack of functional, well-designed and stylish options in the women’s outdoor market. “The collection was designed for women with few limitations and a love of adventure who are seeking functional products with good design that will stand the test of time,” said Scheinfeld. “We were inspired by today’s modern, urban woman who also loves the outdoors. It’s a group of women that we felt very few brands were speaking to.”

When it came time to photograph the collection, Woolrich and Westerlind reached out to fellow female adventurers and leaders in the field of outdoor style and design, Jeanine Pesce, trend expert and founder of RANGE, and Lizzie Garrett Metler, authour, freelance writer and founder of Tomboy Style and The Reed. “This collaboration marks the first entree for a brand like Woolrich, which is steeped in a long history of making authentic, timeless apparel, to take a stance on what a women’s capsule collection should look and feel like. It really embodies the spirit of the evolving outdoor audience,” said Pesce.

The Woolrich x Westerlind FW15 collection includes three signature, well-made pieces that will withstand the upcoming winter conditions in style. They include:

Woolrich x Westerlind Poncho
This versatile poncho is made from a classic blanket stripe wool produced in the historic Woolrich, Penn. mill. The wool is a heavyweight 85% wool/15% nylon blend featuring over-seamed and crochet whipstitched details and a contemporary clean color way of graphic black and cream yarns that represents the Westerlind aesthetic. It can be worn around the city as a poncho or used as a blanket while camping.

Woolrich x Westerlind Poncho

Woolrich x Westerlind Bag
This tote bag is all about simplicity and quality in the most basic and useful shape — easy to carry, plus it’s not too large or too small. Woolrich and Westerlind Outdoor worked with Frost River in Duluth, Minn. to manufacture the bag, featuring the highest-quality hand-cut leather straps, brass buckles, YKK zippers and rivets which will never rust. It features the same Woolrich wool used in the Poncho with a double-snap interior detail and pocket. The perfect adventure companion for any weekend or a great, everyday tote.

Woolrich x Westerlind Tote Bag

Woolrich x Westerlind Hat
Westerlind’s signature felt hat is structured with moderate flex to shape. It is adorned with a suede cord and genuine brass beads from a Native American store in Utah for a unique feel. Great, in the city or the county, this hat is a keepsake item that can be worn for generations.

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Shop the Woolrich x Westerlind collection here.


Woolrich and Topo Designs Team Up Again!

Topo Designs x Woolrich Rover Pack in New Gray
We are thrilled to be teaming up with Topo Designs for another Made-in-the-USA bag collection! Our third edition of the collaboration is a celebration of our mutual love for the outdoors and commitment to producing quality goods.

For our latest collection, we’ve brought back the Rover Pack and Duffel Bag and added a smaller Dopp Kit. As we are celebrating our 185th Anniversary, we decided to use some of our most iconic wool patterns: the Red and Black Buffalo Check, the Alaskan Twill, and Charcoal. These timeless patterns are some of Woolrich’s oldest wool styles and a nod to our heritage.


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 “Woolrich is proud of our heritage as America’s Original Outdoor Clothing Company. We love to work with amazing brands like Topo Designs who share our values and commitment to producing quality, Made-in-the-USA goods that will stand the test of time.”

Read about the collection below. It’s the perfect combination of Topo’s modern aesthetic and our classic heritage styling.

Rover Pack
A classic pack that is not too big, not too small, not too fancy, not too simple – it is the Goldilocks of rucksacks with a timeless silhouette but functionality that is not stuck in a fairy tale. Handmade in Colorado, featuring wool from the our mill in Woolrich, Pennsylvania.

Topo Designs x Woolrich Rover Pack in Black   Topo Designs x Woolrich Rover Pack in New Gray   Topo Designs x Woolrich Rover Pack in Red Buffalo

Duffel Bag
This Duffel is perfect when you need to carry more. Simple on the outside, beautifully lined with coated nylon pack cloth on the inside. Comes with a detachable shoulder strap, inside zipped pockets and a natural leather handle. Handmade in Colorado, featuring wool from the our mill in Woolrich, Pennsylvania.

Topo Designs x Woolrich Duffel Bag in Black   Topo Designs x Woolrich Duffel Bag in New Gray   Topo Designs x Woolrich Duffel in Red Buffalo

Dopp Kit
The triangular shape allows this Dopp Kit to sit upright on small hotel shelves and provides easy access to everything you need. The size is small enough for those who prefer to travel light, but roomy enough to hold all you’d need to stay looking good on the road. Handmade in Colorado, featuring wool from the our mill in Woolrich, Pennsylvania.

Topo Designs x Woolrich Dopp Kit in Black   Topo Designs x Woolrich Dopp Kit in New Gary   Topo Designs x Woolrich Dopp Kit in Red Buffalo

The Fall/Winter 2015 collection of Topo Designs x Woolrich carry essentials is available now. Click here to shop the complete range.