It is very unusual for the weather to do what it is doing and about to do here in Montgomery, AL. Let’s see, the week before and after Christmas we were hitting around the 70 degree mark. This past Sunday, I believe our high was the mid-sixties! Tomorrow, the HIGH….THE HIGH I TELL YOU….is going to be 40 degrees. Yes, fellow Bloggityville, USA-ers…that is 4-0. Do you know how cold that is to someone from Alabama? It is like -40 to someone in Alaska…except for the fact that in Alaska they EXPECT VERY COLD WEATHER! Here in Alabama, you are lucky to find fleece coats before November….and to try and find a coat now?! When you were really expecting to get through the rest of the winter without needing one….or long-jons. Try finding some of them somewhere….hey, try finding them anytime and them not being hunting camo!
Since the weather is going to be quite frigid, I have declared this week, SOUP WEEK in our household. Sounds pretty good, eh? (Like the Canadian-ese thrown in for effect?!)
I made my first attempt at homemade Potato Soup…homemade ala “Semi-Homemade”with Sandra Lee. The recipe didn’t actually come from her, it came from my (excuse my Kindergarten-ese) BFF ‘Lainey!! <giggle, giggle, snort, snort> I thought I would share the recipe, mainly because my entire family thoroughly enjoyed it! I did change a few of the ingredients, and made way too big of a pot of it, but other than that, it was great!
EmmyJMommy’s “Semi-Homemade” Potato Soup
1 small diced onion
1 TBSP butter
3 cups heavy cream
3 cups whole milk
2 cans potato soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 bag frozen hashbrowns
1 lb cooked bacon
1 lb shredded cheese
Saute onions in butter until onions are clear, I did not caramelize them for the soup. Once the onions are done, add cream and milk. Add the 3 cans of soup and frozen hasbrowns. Let it come to a slight boil. BE CAREFUL — IF IT SITS TOO LONG, THE HASHBROWNS WILL SETTLE TO THE BOTTOM AND BURN (not that I know this from experience….actually, I do) When ready to serve, crumble bacon on top with cheese. You could also add a dollop (?) of sour cream to taste!