Daily Archives: January 12, 2011

Baked Potato & Corn Soup

Tonight I created another tasty feast! I even impressed Fiancé who gave this meal an “A+” – so you know it must be good!

I knew I wanted to create some sort of soup tonight for dinner, because it was such a cold and snowy day, but I didn’t know what. I did a little research on some of my favorite recipe websites and then crafted this amazing soup!

Ingredients
  • chicken sausage, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • salt and pepper to taste 
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 large baked potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 cup milk  
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

[This recipe makes 4 servings]

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I started off cooking the chicken sausage, you could also use bacon for this step, but I didn’t have any in the house. I used the same sausage I used for my shaved Brussels sprouts from Trader Joe’s. I put it in a pan and let the sausage get hot and a little crispy. Then put the pan aside until the end.

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While the sausage was cooking, I sliced up the potatoes.

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In a larger pan sauté the onions and garlic until tender. Then add the flour, salt, pepper and mix well. Gradually add the broth.

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Bring to a boil and continue to stir.

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Next add the milk, potatoes, corn and hot sauce.

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Heat everything throughout.

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Fiancé wanted his potatoes pretty soft so I covered the pan and let everything get a little more tender. Continue to stir until the soup is ready!

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Garnish with the sausage (or bacon)

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I wish I had some green onions to top on this too – that would have been a nice addition! Next time! I also sprinkled a little cheddar cheese on top for good measure. Cheddar makes everything better, right?

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This is one of the best things I have made in a long time. It might tie for my new favorite thing to eat (and make) alongside my Spicy Thai Peanut Sprouts.

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With the addition of the hot sauce, the soup had a little kick, which I enjoyed.

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It was the perfect meal on a cold Winter night and it was so easy and quick to make with a few simple ingredients.

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Baked Potato and Corn Soup…Yuuuuuuum!

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What is your favorite thing to enjoy on a cold winter night? Have you ever made Baked Potato & Corn soup?

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts

I am always looking for new twists on old favorites. One of my long time favorite vegetables on the blog has been the beloved Brussels Sprouts. I shared with you my first Brussels Sprouts experience and have since then incorporated them into lots of my meals – but for the most part, they have always been prepared the same way – in the oven!

Today, I was searching for new ways to get out of my Brussels Sprouts slump when I came across this little number. I made a few alterations, as I always do and made the recipe work for me. Here is my latest creation:

I started off with a link of Spinach, Fontina & Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage from my amazing local Trader Joe’s. I warmed up a pan on the stove top with some olive oil, sautéed some onions and then added the sausage.

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While that was all warming up on the stove I tackled these:

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It took a while to slice all the sprouts

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But they turned out very pretty looking!

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Have I told you lately that I love taking pictures of my food?

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Because I really do!

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When all the sprouts were sliced, I added them to the sausage and onion mixture in the pan.

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I let everything heat up on the pan

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And then I added some Goya EVOO which I got as part of a Foodbuzz special send out a while back.

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Love this stuff.

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I added a few glugs to my sprouts in the pan.

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And then I let everything simmer together a bit longer.

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Then it was time to eat!

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I enjoyed this meal in the other bowl from the pair my mom just gave me. I love them! They are the perfect size and my favorite color!

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I also decided to eat the shaved Brussels Sprouts with chop sticks. The meal looked sort of Asian inspired and chop sticks are way more fun to eat with anyways, right?

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It was a fabulous meal that looked pretty, was nutritious and lots of fun to eat!

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Have you ever created shaved Brussels Sprouts before? What else do you think I could have added to this dish? I would love your thoughts!

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Are you sick of me talking about all the snow yet? Well I have one more snowy post coming at ya this morning!

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Last night after my Waiting for the White Stuff post it started really snowing!

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Fiancé and I took Jackson out for a little frolic in the snow!

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I decided to take my camera with me for some night time snowtograhs.

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It was hard to take pictures with the snowflakes falling down and the wind blowing but it was fun to try!

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Jackson was not a big fan of being covered in snow, but he enjoyed his walk.

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It was a beautifully quiet night to enjoy the fresh falling snow!

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But Jackson was over the snow and the picture taking, clearly.

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This morning we woke up to lots of snow on the ground, I believe where I live in Philadelphia got about 6 inches.

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Here is a little before and after shot for you from last night and this morning.

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The roads were pretty clear, just a few patches of ice and slush which was good for our walk this morning.

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It was a beautiful morning.

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I love taking pictures of snow on trees.

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Jackson braved the snow like a champ.

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I bundled him up in his Villanova University sweatshirt today. He obviously rocked the outfit.

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In terms of Jackson and the snow, when he jumped into it, it went all the way up to his chest. His legs were completely covered by snow. He still had the salty paw issues – we might look into getting him little booties!

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Aside from taking Jackson out for his morning walk today, my other goal for frolicking in the snow was to get down to Kelly Drive and check out the conditions down there.

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Part of the Schuylkill River was frozen over. Brrrr!

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Remember when this area was completely flooded with water a few months ago? I love the change in seasons and the difference they bring.

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Aside from snow covered trees, I love taking pictures of bridges dusted with snow too!

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Before Jackson and I knew it, it was time to head back to the comfort of our warm apartment. He was pretty excited about that!

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But not before we checked out some ducks hanging out in the Schuylkill.

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What are they doing in that icy water? Shouldn’t they have headed South for the Winter?

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Back home meant a glorious breakfast in a new bowl. My mom got me a pair of these awesome bowls for Christmas because they match my wedding color scheme so pretty much anything that comes in this color, I buy!

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I made some banana slicer oats and added blueberries to the mix.

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Luckily I get to stay at home to work today and don’t have to head out on the roads at all, which is nice because I hate driving in the snow.

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I am off to take on the day! I also have a phone interview for a position with Living Social that I am getting ready for so wish me luck!

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