Thursday, December 20, 2012

Jen gets me to thinkin’ about potato and cheddar soup (and then doin’)

Here's photos of the topic of the day.















Jen (Jenns food journey) is known as Tilapia Tootsie, the Sauce Maven, and Suzie Soup. She has earned these sobriquets by dint of persistent postings of excellent recipes. You probably should not assume that you are permitted to address her by these names. Better to simply address her as Jenn the Magnificent. (Gosh, I hope she’s blushing right now.) 

My holiday gift to all of you is a very inexpensive one: my congratulations and gratitude for being out there where I can find you often and regale myself with your baking (help, I’m baking and I can’t stop), your stories (all embroidered I am sure), your photos (I have to steal mine in the absence of a cooperating camera and computer), and your enthusiasm for all things culinary. 

But back to Jen. A recent post of hers was for a soup, something she does not often do. However, the important thing is that she got my attention and I’ve spent the last few hours with soup sloshing around in my brain even as I have been writing, answering emails, and plotting food Armageddon (I don’t even know what that means). Sometime very soon you will notice Jenn has used the “V” word (no, not the one that goes with “Monologues”) in a recipe. You’ll see, and you’ll know when it happens. 

As a result I now have the courage to use “CP”, as in canned potatoes. I have cooked with them many times over the years. Last night I made some potato and vegetable cakes and Peter qvelled over them. I had sneaked the canned spuds right past him. The vegetables were mushrooms, carrots, cauliflower, chayote sqash and celery, all of which had been lightly poached in broth, Shiaxing wine, olive oil and butter. Sometimes I toss them on salads, other times I snack on them right out of the fridge. The canned potatoes, sautéed whole, make for a lovely side dish when browned up in some butter. They have a unique texture and are not intended to be substituted for the real thing except when time is short and hunger is long. 

Scold me if you must. I can take it.

9 comments:

Jenn said...

Well first, thank you! I am honored to have you say such nice things about me... and of course, I'm so glad I could get the creative juices flowing... even if it was with canned potatoes :) One of these days, I'll find it in me to try them... I mean, especially after this post!

belleau kitchen said...

oh well done!... I too am very tempted to make this soup... yours looks glorious!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

wow - I don't think my family has ever qvelled over anthing I've made - so I think I have to try this!
Mary x

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I have to admit I've never opened a can of potatoes but I may have to reconsider! This looks like a delicious soup and I love your names for Jenn :)

Chris said...

I've never even noticed canned potatoes before. I'll have to see if Food City has them. That sure would be easier with soups and stews.

Rebecca Subbiah said...

your soup looks great and must confess never had canned spuds but you made them well

have a very merry christmas love the way you worded sloshing for soup

Des said...

I had no idea there were even canned potatoes! I don't know if I could do it but maybe...

Mary said...

Merry Christmas, Stephen. Have a wonderful holiday. Hugs and Christmas blessings...Mary

Erica said...

Canned potatoes???It sounds interesting, but the soup looks creamy and delicious!

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