Friday, April 27, 2012


Cravings have hit the Manchester household. It's not like I'm craving anything horribly strange (I just read a story where the lady craved chocolate covered pickled pigs feet). That honestly just made me gag. Ew.

Mostly I've been craving salads and fruit. Also potatoes... in every shape and form... french fries, potato soup, hash browns... It's pretty safe to say that I've been cooking lots of potato items lately. I'm blessed to have a husband that is such a good sport. =)

Keeping on the potato theme, I will leave you with a recipe of my new favorite potato soup. It's really not the best for you, but with the cold weather we've been having, it truly hits the spot.

Baked Potato Soup

What you need:

    1 lb. bacon, diced
    1 onion, diced
    5 large Russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
    3 c. chicken stock
    3 T. butter
    3 T. flour
    1 1/2 c. milk
    3 green onions, sliced
    3/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese, divided
    1/2 t. black pepper
    Sour cream for garnish, optional

1. In a large stock pot, cook bacon until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to drain and set aside. Drain all but 2 T. of bacon grease from the pot. Cook the onions in the remaining bacon grease for about 5 minutes, until tender.

2. Add potatoes and chicken stock to pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer about 20 minutes, until potatoes are tender. With a slotted spoon, remove a few scoops of potatoes. Place in a bowl and mash with a fork. Set aside.

3. In a small sauce pan, melt butter. Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in milk, bring to a boil and simmer until thickened. Slowly stir in to stock pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer. Stir mashed potatoes back into pot.

4. Add 1/2 c. shredded cheese, three-fourths of the bacon and half the sliced green onions to pot. Add pepper. Stir to combine. Cook an additional 5 minutes.

5. To serve, ladle soup into individual bowls and top with some shredded cheese, bacon, green onions and optional sour cream.

Do you have any random cravings? =)

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