Thursday, November 15, 2012

Potato Soup

I heard Jilda in the kitchen on Tuesday chopping, grating, and rattling pots and pans. Everything she makes is good. I'm not saying that to score points, she is really a great cook. You can ask any of our friends.
I stood for a while and watched her move about the kitchen. When I saw the ingredients in the staging area, I knew at once what she was making -- Potato Soup.
I've had a lot of potato soup through the years and some of it was good, but I've never had any to match what my lovely spouse makes.
Earlier in the year when my mother was going down hill, she ate like a bird. Whenever the people at the nursing home brought her something, she usually made a face and pushed it away.
One day I told her that Jilda was going to make potato soup and asked if she'd like a bowl. She wasn't very enthused, but agreed to give it a try.
The next day I brought her a bowl of the soup and a pack a crackers. She took a tentative bite and then proceeded to eat the entire bowl.
The next day I brought her another bowl and she ate that too. We all were ecstatic.
Food plays such an important role in our lives. Some of the best times we've ever had involves meals with our friends and family.
Tonight we warmed up a bowl of potato soup and it was even better tonight than it was on Tuesday. I do miss my mom. I wish she were here, because I know she would have enjoyed this meal as much as I did.

1 small onion, chopped
2 tbl butter
Can of Cream of Chicken soup
Can of Creamy Celery soup
Bag of frozen hashbrowns
6 cups of chicken broth
Salt & pepper to taste
1 cup of grated cheese
1 cup of milk
Saute chopped onion in butter until soft
Add broth, bring to a boil
Add hashbrowns and simmer for 10-12 minutes then add salt, pepper - soup and milk
Stir until mixed.
Simmer another 10 minutes - stir in cheese (she uses a mix of cheddar and smoked gouda).


  1. Oh my - this sounds amazing! I can't wait to try it - we've been having a lot of soups lately. This one may become a new favorite!

  2. warning: this will not be the typical response.

    when did your mom pass and the cause?

    this december will be 9 yrs since my mom died and yes i can still long for her tossed salad or her laugh or her visits. i don't know what it was about her salad but i can't duplicate it.

    and ...i had to chuckle that you posted a recipe. good on ya!

    THANK YOU for yours nice words re: the pics in my post.

  3. I can understand that you miss your mother ...
    Jilda is a great person so she should be a great too, I trust yoir words, plus the recipe sounds great!

  4. I understand that feeling because I get it with others in my family that have gone on (still have both my parents). That's a great recipe- going to give it a whirl.

  5. I'm sure you've read stories that take you by surprise at the end...well, your post did that to me! I wasn't expecting you to post a I laughed, then read the recipe, then drooled, then decided I would make it this weekend! Thanks! I'll let you know how it goes..or tastes!


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