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Friday: Food Frenzy and Famished Friends

23 Oct

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” 

― J.R.R. Tolkien


When I bake, I bake a lot. When I cook, I cook a lot. It’s not that I eat a lot, or  even  bake or cook often, but I have a lot of friends that I enjoy sharing food with when I do get in the mood.

My latest cooking marathon was making a huge pot of potato soup. When I say huge, I mean gy-normous.The weather finally cooled off a bit and the dreaded drought has lifted. So, off I went to the store to get the fixins. Oh no, the ten pound bag of potatoes was on sale for $2.94! Holy cow! That meant I had to get out the “big red pot” for this marathon.

If you’d like the recipe,well, you can’t have it! I don’t use a recipe. I just throw stuff in that I like and keep adding and tasting until I’m happy. It’s pretty easy to make because I use a lot of canned ingredients, but I doctor it up with fresh things and LOTS of potatoes. Remember, I had ten pounds. I boiled about eight or nine pounds because that’s all that fit in the pot, then diced up two big onions and sautéed in a stick of butter in “big red.” Then added about 1/2 a cup of flour, stirred in 4 cans of chicken broth, then started adding all the other cans of cream of chicken soups and corn and chiles. 16 cans of stuff in all. (See big red in the background?)

It was a two big pot endeavor. I also threw in about 1/4 cup of hot salsa I had left over from Taqueria Hernandez. The soup turned out a bit spicey…but I loved it.

Of course, I packed up a few containers to share with friends. What’s the use of going to all that trouble if you can’t share. Food that is made with love is meant to be shared with loved ones.

Come on over, I still have some left…and it’s Black Russian Friday! A two-fer.


Wednesday: What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin’…Soup and an Ice Storm

5 Mar

It occurs to me now that I have never seen the ice-storm put upon canvas, and have not heard that any painter has tried to do it. I wonder why that is. Is it that paint cannot counterfeit the intense blaze of a sun-flooded jewel?

~Mark Twain


What a whacky Wednesday. I got out for a drizzly walk this morning, and was able to run some errands before the rain got too bad. I stopped at the store as did most of North Texas in preparation for the big ice storm this evening. I wanted to make some potato soup. Perfect hearty soup for a cold stormy day.

Well, you know me. (Maybe you don’t, but now you do.) I can’t just make a little soup. I have to make a huge cauldron of soup. Besides that, I usually have to take a video and/or take pictures to go along with every endeavor.


(No recipe recipe…I don’t use one.)

I sautéed 2 large onions in a stick of butter in a really big pot. (Casuela)

Added about 5tbs flour to make a roux (I had to look up the spelling)

Add a can of chicken broth, just because I had one, it’s optional, use water

Add 5 cans of cream of chicken soup, or 2 great big ones and more water. (Maybe 5 cans…you’ll know)

1 can of green chile (they’re not hot)

1 can Rotelle diced tomato with chile (because I had one and adds a little zing)

5 lbs cooked diced potatoes with skins (because I’m lazy)

I can of corn optional. I like it.

Then lots of garlic powder, little salt and pepper to taste and the secret ingredient…about 2 or 3 tbs of lemon juice. Heat till bubbly and yummy.


Oh yes, the wine in the picture didn’t go in the soup. It went in a glass and my tummy.

By the time I was done with the soup, the ice was pelting at the windows. I looked outside and my neighbor Kathy, across the street, had just pulled into her garage. I grabbed a big bowl and aluminum foil and shared some of my soup with her. The walk up her driveway was like a skating rink. She just texted me that it was delicious. I will have to concur!

I’m ready! I have plenty of soup!