My Best Potato Soup (It could be yours, too)

Bowl of Soup

Isn’t it Purrrtyy? (In my best southern accent)

Potato Soup GO!

Finally had the opportunity to use my parsley. See those green things in my soup!

Alright, Potato Soup is easy, but you need to know a few things. Adding Milk and Cream to soups can turn into a disaster if you don’t control your heat. Make sure you veggies are all about the same size, so they can cook evenly. And don’t forget to season as you go. You may end up with bland potato blah.

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Trying to be consistent with the style of the recipe card.

This is where I start my spiel on be careful with your knives. I managed to get a big boo boo on my finger. Not the first or the last. But Dang it does hurt.

I used half and half instead of cream because I had it in my fridge.

You can substitute chicken stalk, and bacon. If you prefer a more vegetarian option. Use olive oil or some other oil. Whatever you prefer.

Just know that if you leave out Milk and cream you are not going to have as creamy of a product as you expect.

potatoesCelery Carrots onions
bacon

Prep all your Veggies, and cook your bacon!

 

 

 

 

Set Your Bacon Aside. Pour some of the grease out, You only need a little.

 

 

 

 

veggies saute veggies cleaning up the pot addition of wine Potatoes and water Boil

 

 

 

 

 

Saute the Veggies, (note that your bacon may leave a bit of bits on the bottom, sauteing should clear it up, if not that wine will do it. Splash the wine and cook til it evaporates. Add Broth, Potatoes, and fill remaining with water 3/4 way to the top. Bring the pot to a boil. 10 minutes or so until tender.

Milk and Flour Add flour Blend soup blended readd

 

 

 

 

 

Whisk together milk and flour. Add to the pot, bring to about medium heat. To cook out the flour mixture. Take several scoopfuls of soup and place in a blender. Blend to a smooth texture. Add back to the Pot and Stir.

parsley minced parsley

 

Lower the Temperature to low, add cream, and allow a few minutes to cook.  Do NOT bring this to a boil. It will scald.

Add a handful of minced parsley and stir.

Serve with crumbled bacon and grated cheese.

 

Enjoy the soup. Serve with some bread and butter.

 

 

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German Pork Casserole or That Other Stroganoff

Done 2

Lacking a garnish I know…

My husband has never had the Oh So Delicious Pork Casserole thingy that I was introduced to when I was a 16 year old exchange student in Germany. Until now…

His description really hit it right on the nail. “It tastes like Stroganoff!” But with some differences. Like pork. And Spaetzle

My host mom made this dish for special occasions, like my host brother’s Confirmation celebration. The best thing about this dish, besides the noodles, everything else is thrown into a casserole dish and baked.  Not a lot to it.

The deal with the ingredients is this. There are several ingredients that, if your not in Germany or are not near any specialty stores, are hard to find. Schmand? Krauter FrischKase? Yeah, it’s not easy to translate either. Although FrischKase is basically a herb cream cheese. Schmand, well its like Sour Cream, but not.

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Theres a few things I left out, Butter,Some italian herbs, Chives, boiled eggs…

My mom and I searched on the internet a long time and found a solution on how to get those ingredients without having to necessarily buy them. We found other ingredients and essentially made a similar substance.

If you can’t get Schmand and Krauter Frischkase try this: 18oz Cream Cheese (herbed preferably), 2 cups of cottage cheese (my mom blended this so it was smooth), combine these together until very smooth and fold in 1 cup heavy whipping cream. This will solve all Schmand Problems!

I didn’t follow my German Recipe to the T, I left a few things out, but still tastes just as good. This Feeds Four, if you count 1 porkchop per person. Or 2 for 2 per person.

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This is a very self explanatory, just do what the directions say.

Pork and proscuitto Mushrooms Schmand and Frishkase mixing together On top of onions cheese done

It’s a very hearty meal. Expect to be full!
ENJOY!

 

Penne With Semi Homemade Vodka Sauce

By Semi Homemade, I mean using a prepackaged marinara sauce. Which makes this recipe super easy to do. It goes by very quickly. I’d say less than 20 minutes.

So a definite possibility for anyone, and it’s Meatless. Meatless Wednesday. I think I am going to make Wednesdays Meatless. I told my husband we needed to eat less meat and more variety of vegetables. I think we will have to work on the vegetable part.

Vodka Recipe

I added too much pepper flakes, Remember the more you add, the bigger the bite (Spice) you’ll have. My daughter didn’t like it.

Ingredients

Yes, I only had Smirnoff. I’m sure using the cheap stuff would be fine. Main ingredients are in the photo above. I did not have fresh basil or Parmesan on hand so I omitted them from mine.

Olive oil

onions onions2Cooking onions and garlic
So starting from the Left top, Heat your oil, Add the onions, Cook for 4 minutes, add garlic and salt. Cook for 1 minute, add vodka to mix. Allow to evaporate.

Onto the next steps.

marinara

cream added

looks after adding half

Mixed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add the marinara, stir, allow to cook for 5 minutes. Add Cream (basil, parmesan), Stir, simmer on low for 5 minutes. You don’t want the sauce to taste like half and half. Add Penne to sauce and toss. Serve sprinkle with Parmesan if you have it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

plat

It’s delicious. You might want some bread to scoop up the remaining sauce on your plate.

Enjoy.

 

How-To From Scratch Easy Alfredo Sauce

My daughters Plate

 

The Prettiest plate was my daughter’s. I know for all my followers that are vegan this is not your forte. Although I did find an alternative Vegan Friendly Alfredo Sauce Recipe http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2013/02/vegan-paleo-alfredo-sauce/  Not sure how it tastes. I would be interested in making it though, once I obtain a blender 🙂 .  I keep telling my husband that I need one…

Alright I do not measure my ingredients for this sauce because the less you use the less you get, the more you use the abundance of sauce you end up with. Got it?

Sauce

So What you need for the sauce pictured above, besides the fresh garlic cloves I did not have on hand. I think my husband threw them out  or my 2 year old hid them…Probably find them in her play kitchen in a few days.

This sauce uses heavy cream, although you can use milk if you cannot get heavy cream.

Where I live overseas our cream comes in these very teeny cartons. I say teeny because when you are trying to make something big you need many of them.

So: Butter, Cream, Parmesan, Pepper (I add mozzarella because my husband really loves cheese) But a Alfredo Sauce is intended to be a Parmesan based sauce.

Butter Melting butter adding cream Adding Parm adding mozzarella stir Thick Sauce Pasta Water Pasta water in the Sauce

The pictures from left to right are my steps, Which is simply:

The heat on the stove should never go over a medium. This is to be cooked on medium or lower temperatures to prevent curdling. Melt Butter, Add cream, stir together, sprinkle in Parmesan, it will thicken slightly, add mozzarella, it will get very thick like fondue.  Once you cook your pasta, use excess pasta water while its hot to thin the sauce out. Thin it to the thickness you prefer. Alfredo sauce is meant to coat the fettuccine noodle, not pool at the bottom of your plate. Keep that in mind.  Toss your pasta and vegetables in the sauce, then plate. Place chicken, shrimp, squid ring or what not on top.   You can Add Creole spices to spice up the sauce, Add directly to sauce.

Flavor: If you’re not sure what flavor your sauce has gotten. It should have a strong parmesan cheese flavor.

 

Adding Garlic. Minced garlic can be added with the butter. Cook slightly. Do not brown, the sauce is meant to be a light pale color.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to comment.  This made enough for 3 people.