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Monday, May 24, 2010

Eating from the Pantry: Potato Soup

Now that Mr. FS has put new shelves in the pantry, I have to bring it to order. I must admit that this caused a bit of friction in our generally harmonious union. Mr. FS likes to store things in the "some here, some there" manner: canned tomatoes, of which we have many, are in several places, including some that are impossible for me to reach or even know about (boxed in an unmarked container in a shed). Problem: I buy MORE tomatoes, because I don't know how many I have.

OK. So we had a fight. I have now wrested control of the pantry AND the canned tomatoes. See, I've read all these organizing books (more honored in the breach than the observance**, I'm afraid). They ALL say store like things together. I haven't done that yet. I have put on the easiest-to-see shelf all the things that must be used ASAP. When these things are gone, I will do the pantry.

It is a motley assortment. Last night, I used some canned pineapple to make a sweet and sour Asian chicken, which was a blast from my childhood Chinese restaurant past. Two days ago, I FINALLY used some of the arborio rice I have and made the wonderful Italian soup/risotto risi e bisi. Tonight I am going to use some almost-too-old potatoes and some canned green chiles to make a wondrous and very easy soup.

Remember how I told you that when you linked to a cookbook on Amazon you could often do a search?

The recipe is from The Feast of Santa Fe.

It is called Potato Soup with Green Chilis on page 189. It is so good and now I don't have to reproduce the recipe here! Potato soups are often more than the sum of their seemingly meager parts, I've noticed.

**the allusion is to Hamlet 1.4. However, note that I am using it in the modern sense of the phrase rather than in the sense that Hamlet meant.

14 comments:

Duchesse said...

Love potato soup! A fun way to cheat: make a soup out of leftover mashed potatoes and chicken broth, too.

RIsotto is a kind of food addiction, we have experimented with all kinds. Which brings me to a rant (you are so good at indicing my rants) :WHY do restaurants put risotto on the menu when they do not make it correctly, and have the nerve to pass off a wet cheap rice pilaf as "risotto"/

Oh! And leftover risotto rolled into balls, lightly breaded and fried- you don;t want to know.

Frugal Scholar said...

@Duchesse--We never have leftover mashed potatoes because I polish them off. When I made the risotto, I made a lot--I remembered your mention of those fried risotto balls. True to form, however, we ate it all. I think risotto is one of those things NOT to order at a restaurant. Did you see how simple that potato soup is? It's even better than I remembered and I didn't even have any sour cream.

Shelley said...

Whoa - I had no idea you could search on a phrase in these books on Amazon.com. I thought you could only see the TofC, and the selected pages they show you. I'd not tried the search thing before. Thanks for showing me this! (Only, I may never get off the computer again...)

Potato soup was my Mom's comfort food, what she made me when I was sick. Just potatoes, milk, butter, s&p. I still love that, but I'm thinking soup with chillies might go down well in my house! Worth a try...

Chance said...

Potatoes, cream, butter, chicken stock, hot hot peppers -- what's not to love about potato soup? I am always amazed that input is so sparse and the output so fulfilling. Thanks for showing us the recipe thing...

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Ah organizing the pantry...likes together...hmmm...maybe alphabetize them? Like my library at school LOL....risotto love it, never have had a bad one yet...and potato soup is divine comfort food here too!
Why is it that when marrieds embark on a remodel or reno sparks and tempers fly and there are cross words? It happens here too.

metscan said...

I do like potatoes, in any form. So sad that it has now been claimed to be unhealthy. Luckily again, I don´t have to worry about the storage place; there is none in the house ;)

Over the Cubicle Wall said...

I love potato soup. And pretty much all things potato. Thanks for the recipe.

Frugal Scholar said...

@Shelley--Some say "Search inside the book" and you can enter a search term. Others say "see inside the book" and access is very limited.

@Chance--See above.

@Hostess-I forgot you were a librarian. I have books as well as pantry items that need organizing.

@metscan--What's wrong with potatoes?????

@Cubicle--If you recall, we "met" (so to speak) over red beans and rice. This soup is better than it sounds--and it sounds good.

Revanche said...

I'm doing another potato soup soon, I credit you with the introduction of potato soups in my life! :)

It's time for a new set of recipes in my meal rotation, we've had roasted chicken and chicken soup (with lots of potatoes and veggies) every week for many weeks now. Time to google more!

simple in France said...

Oooh--potato soup with green chilis. Now I'll be craving that all day. I miss spicy food here in France.

said...

你的選擇就是做或不做,不做就永遠不會有機會.............................................

metscan said...

FS:According to Scientific American/ May 2010: Processed carbohydrates may increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease more than fats do( a finding in a new research ), that has serious implications for new dietary guidelines expected this year.

Cathy said...

Looks delicious and I saw a wonderful lentil & lime soup beneath it. I will be trying both. Thanks!

Frugal Scholar said...

@Revanche-With the money you save by eating potato soup, you can go out for dinner with friends!

@Metscan--Thank you for the reference. I hope science reverses itself on this one. I DO eat too many carbs.

@Cathy--Please report back on the lentil/lime soup. I've never tried it.