Saturday, 14 January 2012

Baked Potato Soup

I was craving a baked potato, but knew that I needed something a little more exquisite than that to satisfy the urge.

That was when I thought about my favourite thing from the deli at work - Baked potato soup. Now their version certainly has all kinds of bad things for you in it, so my mission was clear - replicate the taste, but cut out all the things I knew were not good for me.

So start you crock pot and get ready for some comfort food like no other.

Ingredients:

-9 Medium potatoes (I used reds but I am dreaming some Yukon golds into my next go round)

-3 Stalks of Celery chopped

-8 Strips of Bacon (I go reduced salt because I am like that)

-1 Tetra box of low sodium chicken broth

-2 tsp of Chopped garlic

-1/2 cup sour cream

-1/4 cup milk

-1 cup of shredded cheese. (I used marble but you can use anything that melts well. Just stay away from the processed stuff.)

- Pepper to taste

- 1/2 cup of fine chopped green onions

Directions:

1. Slice and cook potatoes in boiling water until fork tender - like you would for mashed potatoes

2. Cook bacon till crispy. Drain and set aside

3. Poach celery in a bit of chicken broth (enough to cover the bottom of your pan). Cook until tender

4. Puree potatoes and celery with a splash of chicken broth in the blender.

5. Put puree in crock pot. Crumble bacon and put that in the crock pot. Add remaining chicken broth (if any left). Add milk, sour cream and green onions. Stir all together.

6. Cook on low in crock pot for at least 6 hours. Occasionally stir the soup to blend flavours.

7. Serve it with some hot buttered rolls, ciabatta, sour dough - whatever tickles your pickle lol! 

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Crunchy PBC's - Or another use for Cream of Wheat...

Today's Sunday quest has led me to cookies. My little girl LOVES helping bake cookies of all kinds, but her favorites are ones that use a cookie cutter. So I found a really basic rolled cookie recipe and then realized I was missing a few ingredients and decided to throw caution to the wind and make a few yummy subs.

The results were delish!


2 cups of Peanut Butter (smooth)
2/3 a cup of Hot Chocolate Powder
1/3 cup of white sugar (might try brown next time for intensity of flavour)
1 Egg
1/2 tsp salt
1 & 1/2 cups flour (I used white all purpose for this one)
1 cup of 3 minute Cream of Wheat ( the "crunchy" part to the cookies)
Water (I needed about 1/2 cup)

1. Cream the first 3 ingredients
2. Beat in the egg
3. Add the next three ingredients
4. Add water until you get a playdough like dough
5. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours wrapped in plastic wrap
6. Blot any excess oil that comes out with paper towel (Sounds gross, but just do it - trust me)
7. Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick
8. Cut with cookie cutters
9. Bake @ 350 F for 8-10 minutes (8 for small cookies 10 for large ones)
10. Cool and share with your favorite cookie monster

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Thanksgiving Leftovers

So its a week past Thanksgiving and almost all the leftovers have been used up in various ways. All but the homemade cranberry sauce.

I woke up on a mission this morning. To get rid of those cranberries in a delicious and toddler friendly kinda way. Well after a good cup of joe and an episode of Olivia with my Madi, this was the creation I came up with. It seems simple, but with one taste I think you will agree to pledge to make a lot of leftover cranberries at Chrismas time too.

Cranberry Orange Loaf



1/2 Cup of Butter - softened
2/3 Cup of White sugar
2 Large Eggs
1 Cup of leftover cranberry sauce
60ml of Orange Juice
The zest of 1 orange (navel orange size orange)
2 1/2 Cups of flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
Pinch of salt


1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. In a mixer cream butter and sugar until well blended.
3. Blend in eggs and then leftover cranberries. Add juice and zest and mix well
4. Mix in flour, baking soda, and salt
5. Lightly butter a loaf pan and put in batter
6. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a knife or toothpick comes out clean

This is so very yummy. I cut off an end piece and had it with coffee during nap time.