Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Baked Potato Soup

A few months ago I was down with a broken ankle and a sweet friend brought me this soup. Our family loved it!. I just cooked it for the first time myself the other night, and it was a big hit once again.

Here are my tips for making this, which my friend passed on to me. Double the recipe and use a whole package of bacon. (It just wouldn't be as good without that whole bunch o'bacon in there!)

Quick Tip...from someone with burned fingertips). Cook the potatoes far enough ahead so they are cool when you need to peel them!


Baked Potato Soup

4 medium baked potatoes
2 slices of bacon
1/2 c. celery, chopped
1/2 c. green onions with tops, thinly sliced
1 can (14 ounces) chicken broth
1 1/2 c. milk
1 garlic clove, pressed
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 c. light sour cream
2 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded (1/2 cup)

Remove skins from baked potatoes. Coarsely mash potatoes.

In 4 qt. casserole, cook bacon over medium heat untl crisp. Remove bacon to paper towel to drain; crumble and set aside. Discard all but 1/2 teaspoon drippings in pan.

Meanwhile, chop celery. Thinly slice green onions. Add chicken broth, milk, mashed potatoes, celery, onions, garlic, salt and black pepper to drippings in pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes.

Stir in sour cream and reserved bacon. Ladle soup into 4 bowls. Shred 2 tablespoons cheese over each serving.

Thanks Jenny On The Spot!

Hairy Orange Juice?

Today, my little Levi, who is 3 and loves orange juice, was so excited that we once again had OJ in the house. He was casually sitting at the kitchen table, when suddenly he says "Mommy, this orange juice is hairy!- I don't like it!". I am like "what?". I knew my husband had just bought a new carton of orange juice, it couldn't possibly be moldy already! *Oh wait, orange juice doesn't get moldy, or does it?!*... What in the world could he be talking about?

I went over to set the record straight, and see what all the complaining was about, when it all came clear. My husband had bought orange juice with extra PULP! I tried the OJ myself and could see what this kid was talking about. The pulp from the OJ actually got stuck in my teeth and hung on my tongue just like when you get a hair in your mouth! So...Beware of hairy orange juice!