current bathtub read…edited for soup review

26 Nov

is a pretty new quilting book from Kim Diehl called Simple Seasons. I love Kim diehl’s stuff. it’s not brite or funky…it’s more traditional and comfy.

i don’t want to do a “book review” as i’m not much of a critical reader…..i love most books. anyhoo, this one gets a 4 bubble ranking. OOOO.

i have a chance to take a class from kim in 2008 but am a bit disappointed in the project choice. it’s not in my top 10. and it’s also within hours of my new grandbaby’s expected arrival. so i might just pass. i’ll still try to take in the trunk show from kim.

there are several projects in the book that have been placed on my to do list. there is a darling little table runner that has yo-yo’s and applique and could be done with charm squares.

another thing in the book is recipes. i’m gonna try out the potato chowder soup for the supper swap. so since i haven’t tasted it, this isn’t an actual recommendation, but it sounds yummy.****okay, the soup has been made and swapped. i also made an extra batch for mom and kris. I thought the 1st batch was kinda salty so i eliminated ALL salt (didn’t salt the water to boil the taters, didn’t use celery salt. didn’t season with salt when served). it may be that my boullion granules were really salty so i changed to 1/2 boullion and 1/2 broth base. could be that i used bagged real bacon pieces and didn’t fry up real bacon. maybe it’s cause i left out the mushrooms….who knows. it was yummy either way. i threw in a couple handfuls of sliced carrots for color and to replace the mushrooms.*****

3 medium or 2 large baking potatoes
1 pound sliced bacon, cut into 1″ pieces (i will substitute “real bacon pieces” purchased in a bag)
3 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced (now that just isn’t gonna happen. ick)
8 cups milk- 1/2 gallon total, divided
1/4 cup chicken boullion granules
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
3 green onions, sliced, white and some green parts
2 cans (15 oz) whole kernel corn , drained
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

cut potatoes in half and boil them in their jackets in salted water until tender. drain and let rest until cool enough to handle; peel and cut into large dice. in large stock pot, cook bacon (for me, i’ll just open bags) until crisp. transfer bacon to paper towel; drain fat leaving just enough back to saute the mushrooms (again, i’ll be skipping this step) for 5 minutes. reduce heat to medium and add 7 cups of the milk

whisk boullion granules and flour with the remaining 1 cup of milk. add to stock pot mixture. add garlic powder, celery salt and green onions. when mixture is very warm and starts to thicken, add potatoes, corn and bacon. season with salt and pepper. reduce heat to low. warm slowly until ready to serve (at least 30 minutes) without simmering. stir in parsley flakes just before serving.

i’m not sure how many it serves. for the swap, i’ll include a couple bread bowls. it’s always fun to eat soup out of a bowl of bread. if anyone has any suggestions on something to replace the fungus with, let me know.

and just to reward those that are still with me. yesterday was ian’s 1st birthday. i could go on and on (and usually do) about how special he is but i won’t today (no promises for tomorrow). i haven’t downloaded the pictures yet but i do have a couple that kris took last week. i wanted to make sure that ian’s gift fit so we let him try it on early.

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2 Responses to “current bathtub read…edited for soup review”

  1. Jan November 26, 2007 at 5:29 pm #

    Oh my that smile is just contagious!! I think the present fits!! 😀 I have no idea what to sub out for mushrooms. But the bread bowls sound great!

  2. Sybil November 28, 2007 at 3:08 am #

    Make the soup bloggers. It’s very yummy!

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