Sunday, February 12, 2012

Potato Soup Recipe and Musical Goats

Okay, I make this potato is pretty simple and most folks have all the ingredients on hand.
First and foremost, NO SUBSTITUTIONS!
Margarine is NOT the same as butter. It does not taste right if you use margarine!
Also, FRESH onion, not dried!
The herbs can be fresh or dried, however.

Potato Soup

1 stick butter
1 cup diced onion
2 cloves minced garlic
4 to 5 cups peeled sliced potatoes (Please do not dice them. Slice them around 1/8th to a 1/4 inch thick)
2 quarts chicken broth OR 5 or 6 chicken bullion cubes dissolved in 2 quarts water.
1 tablespoon fresh minced basil or tarragon or 1 teaspoon of same herb dried.
1 and 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 to 2 cups heavy cream

Okay, here's the directions:
Melt butter in bottom of deep stock pot type pan. Add onions and garlic and cook until onion is translucent.
Add two quarts chicken stock to pan and then add potatoes.
Bring to a boil and then cover and turn back heat to light boil. Cook until potatoes are tender.
Once potatoes are tender, add herbs (dried or fresh).
Mix cornstarch into heavy cream thoroughly.
Pour cream mixture into pot slowly, stirring all the while.
Simmer and stir as it thickens...about 8 to 10 minutes.

Now, while the potatoes were cooking away in the chicken broth, fry up 4 or 5 slices of bacon and drain. Crumble the bacon up in a small bowl. Also set out small bowls of croutons, sour cream, sliced green onions and grated sharp cheddar cheese.

Serve the soup in bowls and add toppings (bacon, cheese, etc) to taste. Crusty slices of fresh baked bread go well with this!

That's my easy potato soup recipe. Hope ya'll like it! Feel free to change it to adapt to your own tastes...but trust me, the real butter is necessary!
About the "musical goats"...
I have had to switch the goats around in the pens AGAIN, due to personality conflicts.
Molly had Morpheus and Maximus...and Paulis (our wether) started trying to play with the wee ones and was a tad too rough. So, we moved him in with Nina and Lily. Bad idea. Nina and Lily do not like Paulis and proceeded to butt and kick the crap out of him.
So, I moved him into the pen with Gustav, Gerte and Gabby...and Champagne and Cornelius. That a point. When I took the mama goats out at night, Paulis proceeded to butt and kick Cornelius.
So, I moved Cornelius and Champagne in with Molly and her boys. Cornelius is still so tiny, I thought maybe it would work. Thankfully, it did. Molly has calmed down remarkably since she had her kids. She has not bullied Champagne or Cornelius.
Cornelius snuggles up with Max and Morph at night and they all sleep together nicely.
I have put Paulis up on Craigslist. Sale or trade. He is of no use to us unless we put him in the freezer and we have designated Gustav for that!
Hopefully, someone will respond to my ad!


  1. Now you're cooking with butter! We don't use margarine in cooking either if we can help it. Thanks for sharing the recipe. My wife will throw in bacon every now and then.

  2. I just had the margarine-is-NOT-butter conversation with my daughter earlier today. You're so right! Potato soup sounds good, very similar to how I've always made it ...but I reserve a bit of the broth to mix with the cornstarch and add it to the pot the last ten minutes or so. I also use sour cream instead of heavy cream. I think started doing that once as an emergency substitute and we liked it. Mmmm... too bad dinner is already planned or we'd be having potato soup and cheese toast for supper!

    I hope you are able to sell or trade Paulis ...for his sake and for yours. I haven't had one nibble on the horse I put on Craigslist. Very disappointing.


  3. Yum! My potato soup is very similar. If you like a little spice add cayenne - warming but not burning and very good for you.


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