My schedule was seriously dialed back from last weeks due to the holiday on Monday, a canceled class tonight, and my boss being in Vegas. So I went home for a few days of eating, shopping, watching movies and enjoying my family!
I spent most of Sunday and Monday at my Gramma’s house
helping her put away Christmas stuff watching movies, cake shows, drinking coffee, and being cooked for!
Last night I used the Pampered Chef Covered Baker to make a great potato soup that has become one of my favorites.
Even if you don’t have the baker you can make it on the stovetop! I know this because my tiny little microwave at my apartment doesn’t ‘like’ the baker. The first time I made it I got through step 1 and my microwave was apparently done. I did some damage control and transferred everything to a pot on the stove, kept an eye on it for a few minutes and viola! Last nights batch went fine in my Mom’s nice big microwave though!
Loaded Baked Potato Chowder
2 1/2 pounds of potatoes
3 1/2 cups of milk, divided (3 cups if using stovetop method)
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
2-3 green onions with tops
4 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
Optional toppings such as chopped cooked bacon or fakin’, sour cream, steamed broccoli florets, or more cheese!
1) Slice potatoes in half lengthwise; place in Deep Covered Baker. Pour 1/2 cup of the milk over potatoes. Microwave, covered, on high 11 minutes. Remove baker from microwave. Move center potatoes to ends of baker and outer potatoes to center. Cover; microwave on high 8-11 minutes or until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork. Remove baker from microwave. Coarsely mash potatoes in the baker. OR boil potatoes until cooked, drain, and coarsely mash potatoes in the pot.
2) Whisk cream cheese into hot mashed potatoes until smooth. Slowly add remaining 3 cups of milk, whisking until smooth. Microwave, covered, on high 3-5 minutes. OR cook the soup in the pot over medium high heat until it appears to thicken.
3) Carefully remove baker from microwave. Add cheese, green onions, salt, and black pepper and mix until cheese is melted. Serve with toppings, if desired.
I was excited to eat and forgot to take a picture in the beginning… I always ask for a side of sauce=) I did eat a salad, so yes vegetables did cross my lips…but they put dressing on it=( I always ask for dressing on the side. I order like Sally from ‘When Harry Met Sally’ it drives Rob crazy!
I also squeezed in some shopping here and there. Check out all my loot!
So I am clearly good at shopping and eating and I did run and do yoga if that counts for anything!
Do you ever feel like your living off of one food group? I LOVE carbs!
Anyway good movie suggestions for this weekend?