Wednesday, January 26, 2011

In the Kitchen with Kate

We've gotten more snow so we're making more soup. Actually...
 Kate is making the soup. 
She will be making "Stuffed Spud Soup" from that good ole Just A Matter of Thyme Cookbook. This is the easiest of recipes and I keep the ingredients in good supply so that I've got a "go to" soup for surprise snow days like today.
Six ingredients are all you need. Frozen hash browns, butter, onion, cream of chicken soup, milk, and cheddar cheese. Six ingredients and a five-year-old and you've got it made...literally.  
Let's begin at the very beginning. First saute 1/2 cup of a chopped onion in the stick of butter in a soup pot.  Next, pop open 1 can of cream of chicken soup...

After the soup...
...add four cups of milk.  Then
wipe up the mess.
Next...the frozen hash browns. 
The recipe says to use "thawed" hash browns, but I've found that when you add them to the hot milk they thaw rather quickly, so I rarely "pre-thaw" them. After pouring in the hash browns...
...add the "escapees" to the soup pot and...
...hand-off the shredded cheddar to your little sister so that she'll feel like she played a vital role in feeding her family.
After 1 cup of cheese has been added, taste to see if any salt is necessary and add some pepper.  Stir soup until it is well heated but please be careful not to let it burn on the bottom. I hear it can be a real mess and that it ruins the entire pot of soup.  
That's it. Easy as that. Job done, the chef has left the kitchen!

She did come back to enjoy her masterpiece...

Note: If you really want your family to "rise up and call you blessed" you could add some cooked and crumbled bacon to each bowl before serving or perhaps some chives.  I was already feeling blessed because I didn't have to cook dinner, so we skipped the extras! Enjoy!

~Recipe follows~

2 lbs. frozen hash browns
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 (10 oz.) ounce can cream of chicken soup
4 cups milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, more for garnish
bacon, chives (optional garnish)


Sudeana said...

Way to cute. Love her apron, it's so Kate :)

Becky said...

Nice job Kate! Just to let you know, the milk mess is the batter bowl's fault. When I use it to pout liquids I get the same mess.

Now can you come to my house and make us some soup?

G'ma suz said...

After you go to Aunt Becky's save a couple days for some soup on our table. Look really good and you look like an extremely grand cook. Your show should be named,"Kate 'Kicks' from the Kitchen". Have a fun day . Love, Gma

Deborah Ware said...

I love your pictures! My fav. with this post is the shot of the soup in the forefront with the baby doll laying on the table in the background! Made me laugh. It looks like a scene at my house!

Gretchen said...

That doll's name has been Ethel for the past 4 years--named by Kate though she was Megan's first doll and began her life as "Sophie"!. She's lived through a lot and is in as many pictures as the real children!!

Tiffany said...

Tell Kate that I made her soup for dinner last night, and we both loved it! (Good thing since I've got a freezer full of it now...) Thanks for the recipe!

(I was going to comment on the baby doll in the picture too, but I see that Deborah has beat me to it!)

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