We got back from the lake place and walked into the house which smelled like something had died. Following my nose I found one seriously rotten potato (from a bag I just bought on Wednesday no less) in my wire basket that holds potatoes. (Might I also mention it is in the coolest and darkest part of the kitchen) Unfortunately every single potato that touched the olfactory offending one had to be cooked immediately. I washed, peeled and cut out any soft spots, then chunked them in a medium dice and wondered what I was going to make with them.
Even though the day warmed considerably, this morning while we were sitting on the screened porch drinking coffee, we both had to throw a sweatshirt over our tee shirts. (But we did still wear our shorts and flip flops!) to keep from being chilly. Because of the days beginnings I declared it soup weather. (Hey! We turned the a/c down a little lower and it was cool enough in the house to eat soup tonight!)
Slightly Different from Mom's Potato Soup
5 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 onion chopped
4 ribs of celery, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 cups milk
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon dill weed
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
In a large soup pot add the potatoes, onion, celery, carrots and broth. Cook until the veggies are soft, but not mushy. Add the milk, salt, pepper, and dill weed and stir gently until it is simmering. In a small sauté pan melt the butter, add the flour, and stir until it is a nice thick paste. (You want to cook it just long enough to cook the raw flour taste, but not enough for the mixture to brown like a roux. ) Stir the flour mixture into the soup pot and cook until thickened. Stir often. Then add the grated cheese and stir gently until it is melted. Serve piping hot.
This is a nice thick soup that is hearty enough to serve as the meal. Normally I would serve a salad along with this, but I was feeling particularly lazy and just didn't want to make one. TheHub didn't care either, so all we ate was soup and more soup.
Now will someone just let me know what the proper wine pairing for potato soup is. Pretty sure the cab was a failure. (But it was not enough of a failure to stop at one glass)