What’s Cookin’ Wednesday–When Life Gives You Snowstorms, Make Potato Soup

It’s been said that a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

If that’s true, I’m doomed. At least as of late…

Take last night for instance. Cold  cereal. Cold Cereal. And…hot dogs. Yeah, I totally agree. It does sound like a disgusting combination. It’s embarrassing, really. I don’t even have a good excuse. I’m ashamed to admit that’s what went down last night at our house. As we brushed our teeth after the chores were done and the kids were asleep, my husband said, “I miss your old cooking. You know, like when you used to, I don’t know…cook?” I knew something had to change, and fast, because my love was certainly not getting through to his stomach with Raisin Bran and the amazing Applegate tube stake. For what it’s worth, my kids were in heaven.

So here’s my plan. I’m going to post a recipe on Wednesdays (What’s Cookin’ Wednesdays, clever, yes? Or…ok, just cheesy) from the good old days when I had my wonderful husband’s appetite won over. I’ll cook it beforehand and make sure it really is a winner, take pictures, and give you the recipe so, if you so desire to woo your family with a new recipe, you can do just that. Then I’ll have a bit of extra motivation. I hope I haven’t scared you off with my cereal and hot dog story. I promise, I really do pretty well in the kitchen when I actually try.

My absolute favorite dinner is potato soup. Especially when a snowstorm comes and makes you want to bundle up and stay warm (like it’s done here!). It’s my kids’ absolute favorite too. Can’t beat that, right? And this recipe is spectacular. It’s my mother-in-law’s and it honestly and truly can’t be beat. Even the five-star, rated-by-thousands-of-people Ham and Potato Soup on allrecipes.com doesn’t even come near it. This recipe is not only delicious, but it has NEVER failed me. I’m so glad I married into my husband’s family for many, many, many reasons, and this is one of them.

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Potato Soup

1 cup onion, peeled and minced
3 TBSP butter or margarine
6 cups potatoes, peeled and diced (I often use red potatoes and don’t peal them)
6 stalks celery, diced
4 ½ cups cold water (or 4 1/2 cups chicken broth, and omit the chicken bouillon)
5 cubes chicken bouillon
1 ½ tsp salt
1 tsp celery salt
1 cup milk
6 TBSP cornstarch
2 cups whipping cream
1 teaspoon pepper

Add cornstarch to mild and stir to dissolve. Set aside.
Melt butter in large pan. Stir-fry onion in butter over moderate heat until limp.
Add potatoes, celery, water, salt, celery salt, and bouillon. Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Gradually stir in cream, milk mixture, and pepper. Continue stirring to prevent lumping. Simmer uncovered, stirring constantly, 3-5 minutes, until soup thickens.

Scaled to serve 6—it’s a great leftover soup!

I hope you can woo some tummies, big and little alike, in your house with this recipe. It’s definitely a blue ribbon winner around here. Stay warm!

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13 thoughts on “What’s Cookin’ Wednesday–When Life Gives You Snowstorms, Make Potato Soup

  1. Kate

    My mom has this awesome old cookbook with great recipes. The inside cover reads, “The loveliest hands in the masculine eyes are the hands that make the lovelies pies.” Somehow, I’ve never forgotten that line. Potato soup sounds delicious! I’ll have to try it sometime.

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  2. This sounds like an excellent plan. I very much look forward to your recipes and I’m sure your boys do too!

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  3. Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    • Dianne, I have a cookbook I got at your garage sale years ago that I use all the time. I might just have to post one of those recipes one of these Wednesdays!

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  4. Yum! Think I will try this out this weekend!

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  5. Katie

    Just know you are not the only one who’s burned out in the cooking world… 🙂

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    • Ahhhhhhh! Katie! I should be bringing you dinner this week…or at least to your husband if you still can’t stomach much. 😦 you have a good excuse to be burned out. I’ve been meaning to call and see how you were doing all week. What a crazy nasty whatever it was that got you! Hope you are feeling better!

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      • Katie

        Haha I was burned out before I for sick 🙂 it especially doesn’t help when you ask your husband what he’d like you to put on this weeks menu and the response is “whatever you want to make is fine.” That’s why I’m asking! I don’t want to fix anything! I’m just glad to know that I’m not the only one suffering from the burnt out cooking blues 🙂

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  6. Chelsi, I had to laugh, because I feel like recently my cooking has gone down hill too!! I loved hearing about your hot dogs and cereal. 🙂 We all have dinners and lunches and breakfasts that are funny sometimes. But it’s food and we haven’t starved yet, so I’d call it a success! 🙂 I love your idea of sharing recipes on Wednesday. This potato soup looks SO good! I’m excited for the recipes to come! 🙂

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    • You are so right, we haven’t starved yet! 🙂 I’m not a total failure. Thanks for the encouragement, Marla. 🙂 we had spaghetti tonight, but it was pretty darn close to cereal again. But then I remembered my resolve to do better. I’ve never looked at your recipe section on your blog, but I really should (and will!) because I could definitely use some more good ideas!

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