I admit it, nothing is better to me than soup on a cold day. I love it and since its absolutely freezing outside I thought I'd share one of my favorite soup recipies. This is essentially my mom's recipe for potato soup that I've adapted.
1 lb baking potatoes washed, peeled, and chopped into small pieces
1/2 pint heavy cream (or an additional can of heavy cream)
1 can evaporated milk
1 medium onion minced
2 stalks of celery finely chopped
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1-2 teaspoons Mrs. Dash or Emeril's Essence
A couple of sprigs of fresh thyme minced
2 tablespoons butter + 1 additional tablespoon
Place chopped potatoes in a large dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and continue to boil until potatoes are almost fully cooked.
While the potatoes are boiling saute the celery and onion in a small skillet with the 2 tablespoons of butter.
Once the potatoes are almost done drain the water off the potatoes and return to the dutch oven. Break up potatoes with either a potato masher or a fork. Add the celery and onions. Turn the burner onto med. low heat. Add the evaporated milk and heavy cream. Add enough skim milk so that the pot is about 3/4 full. Add seasoning and the additional tablespoon of butter.
Bring the mixture to a simmer and stir frequently so that the milk does not scorch and make a gross mess on the bottom of the pot.
Check the seasoning and adjust for your own taste.