Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Seasons, Soups, and Service

I love Fall, especially now that we have trees to change color! But one thing that makes Autumn so grand is the reintroduction of soups to my menu! Mmmm! The one pictured above is my mom's potatoe soup that is creamy and yum! Okay, so my mom didn't invent the recipe but it was one of my favorite meals growing up. I say meal because she always made this scrumptious cornbread to go with it. This is not the southern crumbly, stiff, real corn cornbread. This one's moist and sweet (especially if you drizzle on honey)! My kids devour this stuff! I was trying to decide today if this meal is as good as my mind has made it or if it's good for sentimental reasons. This meal makes me think of my mom and family and cool Vegas evenings of winter and service. Yes service, this is the meal my mom made when she was taking a meal to someone, which was often because my mom's great that way. I remember holding the warm pot on my lap and breathing in the scent of soupy goodness while my mom drove to someone's house to bring them a much-needed meal. It felt good, it smelt good. I remember one night my mom was making a huge pot of soup and told me she just wanted to take some dinner to some friends she thought needed it. Nothing says you care like a pot of mom's yummy soup! So here's the recipe. It makes a bunch, I half it and still have leftovers (which is fine by me). But maybe you can make the whole thing and give half to someone who could use it, I think it tastes better that way!
Cream of Potato Soup
boil until pot. done:
12 chicken boullion cubes
3 quarts water
1 heaping tbsp. parsley flake
1 heaping tbsp minced onions (or I just use a little onion powder)
1-2 large carrots (add a little later, cooks faster than potatoes)
6-10 potatoes
2 cans condensed milk or 1 qt half & half
Mix and melt in pan
2 cubes butter
1 1/2 c flour
Skim some soup into roux and beat with whisk then add to soup. Simmer 5 minutes (not too long, milk separates).
Jacquee's Cornbread
2 c Bisquick
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c cornmeal
1/2 t bake soda
Stir in:
1 c milk
2 eggs
1 1/2 cubes melted butter
Pour into 9x13 pan and bake 20-25 min. at 350.
Serve warm with honey.
Got a favorite soup recipe? Everyone should! Share yours as a comment or e-mail me!
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TaraLee said...

that sounds d-lish! i think i'll make it tonight! thanks! ur mom sounds awesome!! that must be where u get it from ;)

shayla said...

Yum! I will definitely have to try this. As you know, one of my family's favorite soups during this time of year is Albondigas Soup. Soooo good. Especially if you like spicy stuff. Here's the recipe:

2 qts boiling water
6 cubes beef boullion
1 tsp salt
3 14.5 oz cans whole tomatoes, blended a little
1 large onion, sliced
1 1/2 Tbs chili powder
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp cumin

1 lb pork sausage
1 lb ground beef
2 eggs, beaten
2 Tbs minced onion
1 cup bread crumbs
1 1/2 Tbs chili powder
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp cumin
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt

Roll meatballs into 1 inch balls and brown on all sides. Add to soup mixture and cook thoroughly. (Add more or less chili powder depending on how spicy you like it).

Russ Cannon said...

Potato soup is my favorite all year round - but it sounds especially good when it is cold and blustery outside. I know dozens of people who now rave about this soup after getting a pot of soup from Mom during an illness or after a new baby is born.