1To start, peel your potatoes and put them into a pot to boil. Put a medium to large soup pot on the stove on medium-low heat (around number 4 on an electric stove). First, put in your butter and let it melt a little. Now add your garlic, white onion and fresh parsley. Let this simmer for about 5 minutes. Now add your chopped celery, bay leaves and white wine. Again, let it simmer for a few minutes. Now add your pre-cooked bacon bits, or chopped ham. I will be posting this recipe on Rachel Ray’s blog, so check out her site too!
1After that has simmered for about 5 minutes, season with a little salt and pepper and then add your chicken stock. Turn the heat up to about 7 to get the mixture boiling. Once it has come to a slow boil, add your cream and stir it in well. Take your potatoes out of the water and add those to the soup. Take 4 cups of the water that the potatoes had boiled in, and stir that into the soup well. Now, let the entire mixture simmer/slow boil for about 1 hour.
1Last, stir in the green onion and thicken your soup with a ‘rue’ if necessary. Let the soup simmer on low heat for at least 15 minutes, then serve with a garnish of shredded cheddar cheese. Don’t forget to check out www.tixxie.com for more great recipes!
This soup is an equally wonderful way to use up all the leftover veggie odds and ends in your fridge, or to celebrate the freshest produce in season by buying it specifically for the dish (and if you get a CSA box, it can serve both purposes). Whatever vegetables you use, this is an easy, nutritious, and delicious meal, and endlessly customizable. Fresh pesto makes a great, vibrant garnish, but you could also simply sprinkle on a bit of grated Parmesan and cracked black pepper. Read more.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Softened vegetables, including onions and bell peppers, amped up with spices like chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne, form the base of this tortilla soup. Chicken broth and tomatoes are added, along with soft corn tortillas that meld into the liquid to make a hearty, thick meal. Finally, shredded chicken is stirred in, and everything is garnished with crunchy tortilla strips, sour cream, shredded cheese, and scallions (avocados, pickled jalapeños, and cilantro would all work too). Read more.
Sweet Potato Casserole
This is not your mother's sweet potato casserole (and that's a good thing). This version is only lightly sweetened, tender rather than gloppy or mushy, and accented with a hint of ginger. It's still topped with browned, gooey marshmallows, though, because some traditions are worth sticking to. Read more.