The blog goddess has been nagging so I return to the fray! I don’t know why it is so hard to sit down and write! Maybe because there are so many things to do. It has been very cold and rainy here in Southern California and when that happens my attention turns to soup. Soups of all kinds, creamy, chunky you name it. My last ventures have been Loaded Potato Soup and a made up Italian Sausage Soup.
The Loaded Potato Soup was courtesy of the Neeley’s on the Food Network website. What started the search was my husband mentioning my making a potato soup, but I didn’t want to make one that was too creamy. That just means boring to me. I am so glad I found this recipe, it included chicken broth, milk and beer!! (and cheese, onions, celery and garlic) I think you can really make a difference depending on what type of beer you use. I generally don’t like beer, so I went with the recommendation and used a very light lager. The soup was delicious! So glad I doubled the recipe! Next time I will make a small batch with something with a more distinct flavor. Maybe Guiness?
The Italian Sausage soup was a matter of what was in the fridge. I had some lovely bell peppers, onion, celery, carrots and garlic. I browned the sausage, put it aside and sauteed the vegetable until tender. Added back in the sausage, added some fresh thyme, about 5 cups of chicken broth and a can of diced tomatoes. Later I added a can of canellini beans and some swiss chard. Yummy! Served it with garlic bread.
What next you ask? A friend suggested that next I should make Posole! For those of you not familiar with this dish it is a very nice pork, chili and hominy stew. Serve it with corn tortillas and you have it! This will be great for next week-end assuming it is going to be cold enough. Here in California it is hard to predict.
Thank goodness my family loves homemade soup, here’s hoping yours does too!!