Mama Diaries

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Souper Blog Hop




Hi everybody! Today, I'm participating in the Souper Blog Hop, created to help promote Chrys Fey's mom's new book, Pea Soup Disaster. Participants will share their favorite soup recipe. I don't know about you, but I love soup! I make a lot of it, because you can throw so much good stuff into it and it tastes so yummy–especially on a cold winter day! I struggled to come up with my favorite, because there are so many good recipes. But I settled on loaded potato soup. How many of you are loaded potato fans? If you are, then you'll like this soup! Here's the recipe:

Ingredients:

6 slices of bacon, chopped
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 tablespoons flour
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
3 pounds russet potatoes, chopped
1 cup sour cream
3 cups shredded cheddar
4 scallions, sliced, for garnish

Directions:

Set a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crispy, 6-8 minutes, remove to a plate. When cool, crumble and set aside for garnish.

 Add the onions and garlic to the pot, and cook in the bacon grease until softened, 4-5 minutes. Add the flour and some salt and pepper, and stir until combined. Cook fro 3 minutes, so the raw flour tastes cooks out. Add the chicken broth and heavy cream, whisking to remove any flour lumps. Add the potatoes and cook over medium heat until tender, about 10 minutes. With a potato masher, break up the cooked potatoes until it is a thick and chunky consistency. Whisk in sour cream and then the shredded cheddar, let it melt through. 

Serve garnished with crispy crumbled bacon and sliced scallions. 

(If you want to be a little more health-conscious, you can use bacon bits and just use vegetable/olive oil to cook the onions and garlic.)

What's your favorite soup?






BLURB: Gregory Green loves his mom’s pea soup, but when he eats it at school, all of his friends make fun of how it looks. He doesn’t think it looks like bugs, and it tastes good! Then at recess, his friends run from him, screaming, “He’s a monster!” Gregory doesn’t know why his friends are being mean until he sees his skin is green. The teasing gets worse until an unlikely friend comes to the rescue—his teddy bear, Sammy. Sammy usually only comes to life for Gregory and his family, but Sammy has an important lesson to teach Gregory and his classmates.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elaine Kaye got the idea for Pea Soup Disaster from her son who loved to eat her homemade pea soup. Pea Soup Disaster is the first of many fun stories featuring Gregory Green and his teddy bear, Sammy, as part of the Gregory Green Adventure series.

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher's assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home. She is a grandmother of three boys.

Find Elaine:
Website / Instagram / Litsy - @ElaineKaye


56 comments:

  1. Haven't eaten soup in 25 years or so, close to the same for a potato lol

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    1. That's a long time to go without soup or potatoes!

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  2. Not a big soup fan but if it's cold enough, I am!
    Congratulations to Elaine.

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  3. Sounds like the perfect soup for a cold day.

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  4. I only like tomato soup.
    Enjoy the blog hop Sherry.

    Yvonne.

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    1. We don't eat a lot of tomato soup. But it's good with a grilled cheese sandwich.

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  5. I adore peas and pea soup, minus the animal carcasses in bacon and chicken broth :) I try to eat pumpkin soup too a lot in winter when it is the season of pumpkins.

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  6. That one is always a good one. Thanks for the recipe.

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  7. Oh my gosh. This sounds delicious! I don't eat meat so I'll skip the bacon, but everything else...drools. haha Thanks for sharing! And thank you so much for participating!

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    1. You're welcome. This was a great idea for a blog hop.

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  8. The last time I had a potato soup, it was a sweet potato recipe made by my mom. It was delicious.

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    1. Don't think I've ever had sweet potato soup. I should look up the recipe.

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  9. I am a loaded potato fan, and this sounds like just my soup. Thanks for the recipe. I will have to try it.

    Thanks for joining us today, too. It's great to meet you, Sherry.

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    1. Great to meet you, too! Best of luck with your book!

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  10. I am thinking tonight is definitely a soup night. :-)

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    1. Yes. You have to try all these recipes!

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  11. I love loaded potato soup! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  12. This recipe's perfect for those cold winter nights! Thanks for posting it here today.

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  13. That sounds like a pretty good soup. My favorite soup is probably broccoli and cheddar. I also enjoy a good chicken noodle.

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    1. Broccoli and cheddar is good. Can't say I've ever made that kind from scratch, though.

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  14. I've never made potato soup, and that recipe is making me regret it! I'll definitely have to try that one day.

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  15. That potato soup sounds terrific. (Who cares about calories...?)

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  16. Yum...loaded potato soup. You can't go wrong with that for dinner :-)

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  17. Sounds delicious as potatoes always make a soup thick and hearty - if you use enough. Personally, I'd leave out the bacon but the family has derailed my vegetarian convictions. Favourite soup - as blogged - broccoli and Stilton.

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    1. I make it without the bacon, too, and it's just as good.

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  18. I love soup so much! Thanks for your recipe Sherry! Yummy! Congrats to Elaine!

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  19. Ooh, this soup sounds great. I love potato soup, esp. when all the goodies are added.

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  20. I like soup when its very cold!
    Congratulations to Elaine.

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    1. Nothing like a good soup to warm you up!

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  21. Your recipe sounds delicious. Will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations to Elaine on her new book.

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  22. Hard to go wrong with potatoe soup. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  23. Hi, Sherry & Elaine!

    As a child I didn't care much for pea soup. My mother needed to nag me to eat it and I didn't like the kind served in the school cafeteria. However my adult palate is pleased to consume the green stuff whenever Mrs. Shady prepares it. Along with split pea soup she prides herself on making homemade chicken noodle, turkey noodle, bean, barley, lentil, vegetable beef and several other types of soup.

    Sherry, I love potatoes and like your recipe for loaded potato soup. As a health conscious "closet vegetarian," I would probably opt for the bacon bits or even omit the bacon flavor from the recipe entirely.

    Thanks, Sherry, and best of luck with your book, Elaine!

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    1. It's funny how things we don't like as kids end up tasting better when we're adults.

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  24. I am very into using my crock pot right now. Soups are easy and fun! This one sounds delicious. I love loaded potatoes. :) Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing Elaine all the best.
    ~Jess

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    1. It's easy to put stuff in a crock pot and let it cook!

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    1. I like tomato soup with grilled cheese.

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  26. Great recipe! And this book sounds like a lot of fun. Many congrats to Elaine!

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