Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful…

Like much of the nation, Northeastern New Mexico is in the deep freeze this evening.  It is snowing like crazy and the forcast HIGH for tomorrow is not expected to get out of the single digits.  BRRRRRRR!  This calls for some serious comfort food!

There is nothing like a hearty bowl of potato soup to warm a person up from the inside out.  This recipe can be altered to suit any taste.  The addition of green chile, green onions, or browned and crumbled sausage are some of my favorite variations.

Becky’s Potato Soup

4 strips bacon, chopped

1/2 medium onion, chopped

2 heaping TBSP flour

4 c. milk

5 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed

Salt and Pepper to taste

Shredded cheese

In soup pot, fry bacon until crisp.  Remove to paper towel lined plate and reserve.

Add onions to bacon drippings in soup pot and saute until softened, about 4 minutes.  Stir in flour and cook about 1-2 minutes until mixture smells nutty. 

Slowly stir in milk.

 

Bring to a bubble and add potatoes.  Simmer over low heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.  Use a potato masher to break up potatoes until desired consistency is reached. 

Add salt and pepper to taste.  Ladle into soup bowls.  Top with reserved bacon and shredded cheese.

Dig in!

Now for dessert! 

I’m not exactly sure where this recipe originated but it is definitely a good one to keep in your recipe arsenal in case of a near bare pantry, unexpected company, or the realization that it is potluck Sunday at church and you only have 20 minutes to throw something together.  The only problem with these cookies is that, inevitably, people will rave about them and ask you for the recipe.  Then you will have to sheepishly admit how simple they are and your reputation for being a master baker will be dashed.  Sigh…  There are countless delicious combinations of cake mix flavors and additions.  Tonight I made traditional chocolate chip cookies but some of my family’s favorites include German chocolate/milk chocolate chips, white/peanut butter chips, and devils food/Andes mint chips but the possibilities are endless.   Feel free to use your imagination!

Cake Mix Cookies

1 cake mix (any flavor)

1 stick butter, melted

2 eggs

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Any additions your heart desires (i.e. chocolate chips, nuts, chopped candy bars, coconut, etc.)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients in order listed.  Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.   Alternately, the entire batch of dough can be smashed into a 9×13 baking dish to make bars.  Bake cookies 14 minutes or until slightly browned.  Bake bars 30 minutes or until middle is set and edges are slightly browned.    

Devour!

Tonight’s meal is actually dual purpose.  For one, I wanted to cook something cozy for my family on this frigid evening.  On the other hand, I wanted to indulge!  Tomorrow morning, February 1, 2011, I am embarking on a thirty-day Paleo challenge.  So it is so long for now potato soup and chocolate chip cookies.  Stay tuned for more on this subject.  Health and wellness are in my crosshairs.  Anyone want to join me?

Thanks for spending a few minutes with me!

Becky

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5 comments on “Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful…

  1. Valerie says:

    Thanks for sharing. This is a great recipe to try out during this chilly weather. So excited to try both.

  2. Kim says:

    Me, me! I’ll join you on the Paleo Challenge, with a break scheduled for Red’s birthday and Valentines. (and maybe your birthday…we’ll see how I’m holding up…!) I think I’ll try the soup for our church potluck. Thanks!

    You forgot to mention the World Famous “Becky’s Branding Bars” cake mix combo of yellow cake mix and Heath Toffee pieces found in the chocolate chip aisle. They freeze great and for what ever reason, cowboys LOVE the things. And the toffee holds up better than chocolate in the heat.

  3. Raquel says:

    I’m sitting here eating a cold salad while reading this! I could really go for some of that soup right now! Looks delicious : )

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