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Do you like my fireplace? Its the first one hubby and I have ever had! We’ve always lived in an apartment, so when we moved into this house (which has two fireplaces, by the way!), we were super excited to have our first fire! So its no surprise that as soon as the weather changed and got a little cooler, we got a big fire in the fireplace and had a cozy little picnic on the floor in front of it!

It doesn’t get cold here in Texas until much later than the other (normal) states. In fact, here I am writing this post a week before Thanksgiving and its about 65 degrees outside (which we consider pretty chilly, by the way). So needless to say, as soon as the temperature drops below 80 degrees, I bust out my stock pots, fuzzy house shoes, and blankets and get ready for some cold weather comfort food! As I’ve said a million times, hubby loves his soups, so that’s the first thing I think of when it gets chilly outside.  This potato soup is a perfect meal for a chilly evening at home – and it only tastes better when you eat it on a blanket on the floor in front of your blazing fireplace! YUM!! (sorry for the crummy picture, it was already dark outside and I was too hungry to care)

Potato Soup
-my mom’s recipe

5 -8 medium sized Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks (this will make a pretty big pot, but if you want enough for a large crowd, I’d use 8-10)
1 yellow onion, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
milk (approx. 1/2 – 1 cup, depending on how “soupy” you like it)

Put the potatoes and onion in a large stock pot and cover with water; let it all boil together for 10 – 20 minutes, or until potatoes and onion are extremely tender and mushy. Drain most of the water (you can leave some in if you want a thinner consistency), then mash up the potatoes with a potato masher or a large spoon (if you want it super smooth, you could use a blender, but I just use a masher – I like a few lumps) and return the pot to low heat. Add the milk until you get the desired consistency, then season with desired amount of salt and pepper. Stir constantly for 2 -5 minutes, then remvove from heat and serve. I like to top mine with cheddar cheese and bacon bits.

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4 Comments »

  1. Where in TX are you? I feel ya on the weather!

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    Comment by Reneé — November 20, 2008 @ 11:55 AM

  2. How pretty the fireplace looks!Can’t take the credit for the recipe – that’s a Nana Classic. By the way, did you add butter?!

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    Comment by Mother — November 22, 2008 @ 4:43 PM

  3. This is one of my and your Grandaddy,s favorites, but ultimtely,this is Baba,s recipe.Your fireplace is great!

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    Comment by Nana — November 23, 2008 @ 7:04 PM

  4. i love potato soup :) you should try this recipe, it’s great too http://www.goodeatsblog.com/…/baked-potato-an

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    Comment by Jaime — November 27, 2008 @ 8:20 PM

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