Friday, February 5, 2016

Potato Soup....and Playtime for the Puppies!

I showed you the start of my broth the other night during the storm....well, after about 30 hours on low in the crockpot I came home to this last night:


Just look at all that depth of flavor in there! A chef taught me that tip ages ago....low and slow for broth, let it simmer ever so slightly for at least 24 hours for all the flavors to develop. He's so right, it makes such a difference!


See how rich that is? It's so much deeper and more flavorful than any broth you can buy in the store. 

It was time to make my potato soup!


Such a simple recipe, but so incredibly yummy. 

I gathered my ingredients - 8 potatoes, 2 large onions, one head of garlic. 


Rough chop on the onions and into the pot with a bit of olive oil. I let them saute for a bit until they were good and soft while I got the garlic peeled and minced. 


I made a hole in the center of the onions, dropped in a pat of butter, and browned the garlic in the center. Just until golden, to release the flavors. 


In went the broth and the peeled and quartered potatoes. 

The lid went on, and it needed about a half hour to simmer, until the potatoes were really tender. 

Meanwhile, while I was slaving away in the kitchen (ha ha) it was playtime in the living room:


Every time my sweetie goes off the mountain he comes back with "be-prizes" for the babies. He spoils them rotten!!

This time he brought back a little fuzzy squeaky football and a fuzzy squeaky dumbell.

Because of the Superbowl, of course! 

The Monkey got the football and Tubs got the dumbell. 


Before you knew it, the Monkey had stolen the dumbell....and Tubs had the football. 


They were playing so happily with their new toys, running around, squeaking them....ripping off bits of fuzz and leaving it all over my house. The usual!


Meanwhile, the potatoes were tender and I gave the soup a whiz around with my immersion blender. 

I added about a half cup of half & half, as the soup was a bit thick. 

I also added about a cup of grated cheddar. 

Just because....hello? Cheese!

Ready to serve - let's call the troops in for dinner!


And then I found this. The Monkey had managed to steal the football back from Tubs and now she had both toys. And she would grumble any time poor Tubs went anywhere near her. Bold little cheeky brat, she is!


Dinner is served!  Hot sandwiches with a bowl of creamy potato soup. I topped the soup with about a tbs of chopped lower sodium bacon (I pre-cook the bacon and keep it in the freezer) and some chopped scallions. 

The soup was absolutely delicious! Guess what's for lunch today? 


After her belly was full the little bold Monkey took a nap in front of the fire with both toys beside her. 

31 comments:

  1. OOh, that soup looks positively amazing! I too enjoy making my own bone broth, there is just nothing like it! Do you can or freeze the extra? Your dogs are so sweet, and having so much fun with the toys, so fun! Our dogs would do the same, switch toys. I guess animals are like us in the sense that they think the other one always has something better, lol!

    Have a wonderful day! :)

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    1. I freeze the extra in ziplock bags. I used about half in the potato soup and the rest will go into the freezer....or I might just make Chicken Noodle soup this weekend with it since I have everything I need in the house!

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  2. I want to be at YOUR HOUSE for lunch! I do love "tater" soup! You are a good cook!has it warmed up there?

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  3. I want to be at YOUR HOUSE for lunch! I do love "tater" soup! You are a good cook!has it warmed up there?

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    1. It's windy and cold here today!! Not much fun walking around in this cold, that's for sure - but at least the sun is shining now!

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  4. Oh, a bowl of leftover soup and a salad sounds delish right about now, but I've got chicken out for my favorite stir fry. I hope to have leftovers so I don't have to cook tomorrow! Happy weekend!

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    1. We had soup and salad this evening for a simple supper - not the potato soup but a batch of Chicken Noodle I whipped up today. Mmmmmmmm!!!!

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  5. Sounds like my place. Abi runs the show. I try to make things even with Charlie, but he's just too easy going for his own good. And I do love potato soup. My very fav soup!
    Brenda

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    1. Who was there first - Abi? Or Charlie? I'm curious. In my house, the baby rules the roost. The mommy steps back and lets her. Hmmmmm.....

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  6. I have two chew bones, exactly the same, and my son's puppy and one of my older dogs were doing the same thing the other day....taking the toys from each other yet the toys were the same! The soup sounds delicious. I make homemade soup here and there but have always done the chicken broth in a soup pot so the crockpot sounds like a winner...easier and slower :)

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    1. That's the same here....the toys can be the exact same....doesn't matter. Monkey ends up with them both....she's a little skootchy brat.

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  7. That potato soup looks and sounds so delicious! I agree with you about making your own broth - a million times better than any store-bought and so much cheaper, too. I'm still accumulating chicken bones and veggie scraps in a bag in my freezer...don't quite have enough yet to make broth, but soon will. Your pups are just darling!

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    1. I can't imagine my home without pups even though I'm sure it would stay much cleaner all week!! The amount of dog hair I vacuum up is crazy. Thank God for my Dyson!!

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  8. Your soup looks and sounds delicious. I made a simple version yesterday and will have left-overs for lunch today.

    Your critters are cute and look like they are enjoying their new toys.

    Have a nice weekend ~ FlowerLady

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    1. And the very same to you, Lorraine - I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. I think I need some potato soup. I haven't had any in a long time, since I've been on a low sodium diet. But it's time to find a good recipe. thanks for sharing.

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    1. You can easily make your own, Linda, and use very little salt - I don't use much salt at all in my cooking which is why I started making my own broth and soups a few years back. The amount of sodium in even lower sodium canned soups is ridiculous!

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  10. Your pups are so cute! And your soup looks amazing. Potato is one of my favorites. And you are so right about the broth.

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    1. One of my favorites, also! I love a good Potato Leek soup - mmmmmm!! Or a loaded baked potato soup - also amazing! Last night I used the last of the broth to make a batch of chicken noodle soup - always tasty and so good to pack for my lunch during the week.

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  12. Your soup looks delicious! Thanks for the tip on how to make the best broth in the crockpot. I had to laugh about your dogs and their toys. :) We have an ongoing war here between our huge dog and our rather bold cat who steel each other's toys.

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  13. Your soup looks delicious! Thanks for the tip on how to make the best broth in the crockpot. I had to laugh about your dogs and their toys. :) We have an ongoing war here between our huge dog and our rather bold cat who steel each other's toys.

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    1. Ha - that's a riot!! Does the cat steal the dog's toys as well?? That's too funny!!

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  14. I also make my own broth and it makes a world's difference!

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  15. I love potato soup and yours looks delicious! I must make some soon.
    Your poochies are adorable. I've really been wanting to get a dog,
    As I've missed not having one. Maybe soon.

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    1. I don't know how I would survive without a dog, I've had one so long now!

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  16. Your soup looks amazing! I don't have an immersion blender and so many recipes call for them. I think we'd better get one.

    Your dogs look so happy. My dog peels the fuzz off of her tennis balls with her tiny little front teeth. She's a happy camper.

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    1. Immersion Blenders aren't that pricey, Stacey, and they are definitely worth it. You can make beautiful creamy soups without even a touch of cream which is so nice! I think I paid around $20 for mine and I must have it 10 years by now. Worth every penny! Mine is the Hamilton Beach Turbo Twister and Amazon has it for $24.99! Oh, and yes....my dogs pull all the fuzz off tennis balls - I can't tell you how many naked tennis balls we have around the house!

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  17. Oh, yum! That would be the perfect soup for this very cold weekend. The pups are adorable! I love how excited my dog gets when we give her a new toy!

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    1. Thankfully I have some soup left in the freezer to get me through the weekend as I'll be working - booooo!!

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