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Crock Pot Potato Soup

Published January 16, 2016 by lynn k scott

This morning, as I was checking out what happened on Facebook while I slept, my friends had posted this recipe for a Crock Pot Potato Soup.  I shared the post and thought, I have all the ingredients to make this.

After I got back from the gym, cleaned the kitchen, I decided to whip this up.  I love my crock pot and if there is a recipe that I can make in it, using fresh ingredients, I’m all over it.  Add to the fact it’s been rainy and a bit on the nippy side here today, and potato soup, with a little cheddar cheese added to it, sounded pretty good.

I adore these little video clips adding the ingredients and quickly showing you quantities.  I personally don’t need the videos, the recipe would suffice too.  However, for those who may not cook often or are new to using the ever versatile crock pot, they are quite helpful.

Watch the video to see the soup come together in mere seconds.  I’ve listed the recipe below should you want to jump to the head of the line.

  • 4 cups potatoes; diced
  • 3/4 cup of onion; chopped
  • 4 cups chicken stock (I used homemade vegetable stock)
  • 1/2 TBSP salt
  • 1/2 TBSP pepper
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Add the potatoes, onions, stock, salt and pepper and stir (the video omits this step).  Set the crock pot on Low for 6 hours or High for 4 hours.  After the set time has expired, melt the butter and add the flour; stir.  I used Pamela’s gluten-free flour and it worked great. Let the mixture cook for about a minute and then add the heavy cream and sour cream. Stir mixture until it thickens a bit.  Add the mixture to the crock pot, stir, reset timer for another 30 minutes on Low.

I didn’t think there was enough salt for all those potatoes.  As soon as I tasted it, I knew I was right.  It could use more, but easily corrected by the person eating the soup.  Garnish soup with cheese, scallions, bacon bits, etc.  I like the texture of the diced potatoes.  If you prefer a creamier soup, by all means use an immersion blender or blend in batches in a traditional blender.

This soup would be great in a bread bowl or served with a few slices of baguette.  Sadly, these aren’t options for me, but it’s how I would have eaten this in the past.  I will definitely be making this soup again.  With my substitutions, the soup is now vegetarian and gluten-free (for those that need/want those options).

Enjoy!

Being Content With What I Have

Published May 31, 2015 by lynn k scott

My life has not been a smooth journey.  I believe it’s true, as you get older, you start reflecting on your life.  You look back and see decisions you have made, where those decisions have taken you and what you have done, up to this moment in time.

Tomorrow is June 1st.  I tend to reflect more in June than any other month.  I have vowed to myself, to work with being content with what I have and not what I want.  It’s not always an easy goal to attain.

As I type from my kitchen table, I look up and see my onion/potato bin.  (I’ll have to add the picture later; my daughter has hijacked my phone – again.)  the onion/potato bin was given to me by a friend about a year or so ago.  She was originally trying to sell it, as she repurposes furniture, but gave it to me instead.

I fell in love with it as soon I saw it for sale.  Sadly, $80 wasn’t in the budget, but I admired it through her pictures. Something about it reminded me of my childhood.  I honestly am not sure why, as we didn’t have one growing up, but it still captured a warm feeling every time I look upon it.

The bin sits in the corner of the dining room.  The top holding the onions and the bottom holding the potatoes.  The wire mesh on the front of the bin, gives a sneak peak as to the contents.  I suppose the bin resonates “simplicity”.  It’s a piece of wood, a couple latches and knobs and keeps the onions and potatoes off the ground and separated from one another.

Why am I carrying on about a onion/potato bin?  Not quite sure, really.  With being content with what I have, that simple bin tells me I have friends who care.  I take food from the bin to prepare for my family.  It’s not high-tech, it’s not fancy, but it’s enough.

I work hard to apply this concept to other areas of my life.  It’s difficult.  I stumble often in this pursuit.  My house is smaller than I like, but it’s mine.  My kitchen could be bigger, but it has what I need to feed us.  The bedrooms could be larger and there could be more of them, but we have a comfortable place to sleep.  For this, I appreciate my home.

I hope the trials that I will soon be facing, will allow me to continue to be content with what I have.  I am grateful for what I have and will take life as it comes and with what it brings.

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