Come in from the cold

This week our household suffered a minor tragedy…our beloved slow cooker decided to officially retire from service and enjoy life in some landfill. Perhaps tragedy is a bit of an exaggeration, but what else can you feel when the piece of equipment that provided hot, delicious food for our table, at least twice a week, is just not…there? Target.com to the rescue and 3 days later, a younger and flashier model (it has a meat probe people)  was placed gently on our front porch. Now, to break it in! Anyone interested in baked potato soup? I can think of nothing more comforting on a cold, blustery winter day, than to walk into the door to the sight and smell of hot, homemade soup. You won’t believe how easy it is to make…even with an old school slow cooker!


The usual cast of characters:

1. 8 cups of  potatoes washed and diced into cubes.  I leave on the skins, but this is a matter of taste.

2. 2 cups beef stock.  Chicken, even vegetable stock would work, I happen to like richness of the beef against the potatoes. Once again a matter of taste.

3. An 8 oz package of cream cheese.

4. 1 cup milk or cream

5. Salt and pepper to taste.

Directions:

1. Place potatoes and stock into crock pot. Cook on low for 5 hours. If I am pressed for time, I bump up to high for an hour.


2. Mash potatoes in slow cooker and use my new favorite kitchen tool,the immersion blender, to blend to a smoother consistency…not too smooth you want some chunky goodness. Add the milk or cream. Stir well.


3. Add cream cheese to potato mixture and heat 30-45 minutes more. Stir occasionally as the cheese melts.

4.Remove and serve with a fun variety of toppings…bacon, sour cream and cheddar cheese are always a hit.

In other news, the princess has found a new hiding place…

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25 thoughts on “Come in from the cold

  1. It must be the season for the demise of crock pots! My youngest daughter’s dish cracked for no apparent reason just a week ago. I had just been gifted by my son with a new programmable one and I’m loaning it to her while she decides on what to purchase. I still prefer my old faithful one! Isn’t it funny how attached we become to our older appliances? This recipe is another must try, it looks easy and delicious. Thank-you for this lovely post. The Princess is so beautiful among your sweet pillows, a perfect hiding place!

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    1. The new slow cooker is taking a bit of time to get used to. Change can be uncomfortable sometimes. The old one was longer so there was more room to blend. I remember registering for it like it was yesterday.
      The Princess loves finding new hiding places!

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  2. Amy, I know how you feel about your slow cooker. I too, use mine at least twice a week, and could not make it without it! Your potato soup looks yummy. My recipe is almost the same as yours, and my family loves it. I hope that you have a wonderful week!!!

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  3. I love potato soup. My mother made it with dried beef in the jars when we were kids. I put leeks and garlic in mine. We were joking recently that seniors need a shower from friends to replace dying small appliances.

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