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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Hearty Baked Potato Soup Recipe

Baked potato soup is a hearty soup is a full flavor soup that your children and spouse will enjoy.  Homemade soup is always a good meal, as you can make it the day before and serve on a school night when you are pressed for time.

In my house my husband does most of the cooking but that is not to say that I do not cook.  I enjoy making comfort food and tend to do most of cooking and baking in the fall and winter season. 

 I enjoy making fresh soup in the morning and then letting it simmer on the stove.  If my hubby and I are out in the yard working all day the baked potato soup sure does taste good.  I like to serve this soup with a loaf of Italian bread and a side salad. 

Here is my recipe for baked potato soup.

Gather ingredients for baked potato soup:

6 cooked baked potatoes
3 Tablespoons low fat and salt free butter
½ cup of fine diced leeks
¼ cup of chopped celery
2 tablespoons of thinly sliced scallions
3 tablespoons of all-purpose white flour
1/8 teaspoon of ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon of kosher salt
1 ½ teaspoon of minced garlic
2 cup whole milk, half and half, heavy cream or buttermilk
1 ¼ cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 cup low fat chicken broth
8 slices of turkey bacon
¼ cup low fat dairy sour cream


Step 1
Cut baked potatoes in half and scoop out the pulp. Mash the potatoes with metal masher and put in a mixing bowl.

Step 2
For stove top preparation you would set the burner at medium high and melt the butter in a 6-quart Dutch oven pot.  Turn burner down to medium and cook the onions and the celery.  Cook down to remove the moisture.  Cook until onion and celery is tender. (Stir while onions and celery is cooking so they do not burn)

Step 3
Add dry ingredients; salt, pepper, and flour. Add garlic and mix all ingredients well. Then add the milk.  Mix all ingredients and turn the stove down to medium and let the soup cook for approximately ten minutes.  When the soup thickens you would then add your potatoes, one cup of cheese and the chicken broth.  Stir well until the cheese has melted.

Step 4
Remove the soup from the stove and set on counter.   Use a handheld blender to make the soup creamy.

Step 5
Use a ladle to fill the six soup bowls with six-ounces of the baked potato soup.  Garnish the soup shredded cheddar cheese, crumbled turkey bacon, scallions and a dollop of sour cream.
Store any leftover soup in airtight container or freeze.

Optional serve the baked potato soup in a bread bowl.  I call ahead of time and ask bakery to bake me some bread bowls.  I usually serve the soup this way when I am having company. 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

My Favorite Chicken Soup Recipe

In the autumn when we are working in the yard and garden I will start a pot of chicken soup in the morning and let it simmer on the stove all day.  Throughout the day the aroma will carry and will make us work faster to get the yard clean-up done so we can have a hot bowl of soup. A hearty bowl of soup at the end of the day is comforting.

One of my favorite soup recipes is a chicken with red curry paste soup.  Let me start by saying that this is no ordinary chicken soup.  

One bowl of this flavorful chicken soup will fill you up.  

I start with a basic chicken stock and then add whatever I can find in the cabinets and refrigerator. Sometimes I use fresh vegetables other times frozen. I will add rice or egg noodles to the chicken stock and red curry paste, lemongrass, lime juice and diced chicken breast.  

This recipe calls for a lot of chicken.  Then I will add fresh herbs from my culinary garden, plus sea salt and black pepper to taste.

If the weather is going to be cold or rainy then I will make my list for the chicken Thai curry soup and off to Asian market I will go to buy the ingredients for the soup.
I like the chicken Thai curry soup with a side salad with peanut dressing and with a slice of freshly baked grain bread or a crusty banquette.   My husband needs the bread to wipe the soup bowl clean. 

 If you are interested in chicken curry soup then here’s the recipe.  

About the red curry paste...don't fear the heat.  You can make this recipe mild medium or hot…by adding more or less curry paste. Oh and by the way the kids like this soup too.

For day to day cooking and special occasions my husband is behind the stove.  That is not to say that I do not cook.  I am what you call a comfort food cook.  Many of the recipes that I make come from my mother’s cook book.  I enjoy making soups, stews, casseroles and baked goods; desserts and bread.

Here is another delicious soup recipe.