I want to clean about something that has been weighing on me. I believe I have led some of you astray.
I actually love Fall.
I do love Summer more, but that’s because I feel right at home in shorts, a tank top, sunglasses and bare feet. If I could slip into a bikini top and soak up some rays while reading a book, then that’s all the better.
I also relish the opportunity to grill everything under the sun and not turn on the oven as much.
But still, there is so much I adore about Fall. There’s something about this particular change in season that leads me into the new season with a sense of anticipation and excitement.
- I love the brisk air in the mornings and the cooler temps at night. (However, I wish the temps weren’t so cold at night here in Minnesota… brrr! Hey, I’m a hundred pound girl with not a lot extra to keep me warm. And no, I will not gain weight just to keep warm. That’s why God made baths. And hot chocolate. And down comforters.)
- The dead leaves crunching underfoot persuade me to run from brown leaf to brown leaf, leaving flattened and crumbling foliage in my wake.
- Sounds of cheer and groans resound in the air as football teams and fans taste success or feel the want of it, especially in Minnesota.
- The fragrant scents are so enticing! Burning wood wafts from neighborhood chimneys. Aromatic bouquets from apples at the local apple farms add a sweetness to the air. Hay bales from the bumpy hayrides smell earthy and inviting. Whiffs of melted marshmallows and chocolate sandwiched between graham crackers around fire pits beg to be made again and again.
And on the personal side, I get to wear my very loved black wool coat and red (or black) leather boots which I only paid all of $20 for all of them!
Oh yeah, baby. Style may not be a talent I have hold confidently, but I can find deals!
The main thing I love about autumn’s arrival of cooler weather? It begs for baking and simmering to commence.
Hellooooooo soups, stews, casseroles, and a myriad of flour-prevalent goods.
One of the soups the kids
ask beg for me to make no matter the time of year is Loaded Potato Soup. (But it does seem to taste all the better on a cold day.)
I mean what not to like when you have potatoes, cream, green onions, cheese and bacon.
The other thing that’s perfect about this dish? It takes not much time to create a hearty meal that will stick to the ribs and make mouths smile.
You know I made this recipe up, right? I’m guestimating on how to make it, but I’ll get you close enough to make it on your own.
- 5 or 6 medium potatoes, peeled and diced into bite-size pieces
- 2 cans cream of chicken soup
- 1 c heavy cream
- 1 c milk
- 1 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese (preferably sharp, but mild works just fine)
- 3-4 green onions, all parts, sliced
- 5-7 sliced of bacon, cooked to medium crisp and cut into small pieces
- fresh ground pepper to taste
- extra bacon, green onion and cheese for topping, if desired
In a medium pan, cover potatoes with water and boil on medium-high until fully cooked. (breaks when gently poked with fork) Drain.
After starting potatoes, in 3.5 quart pan over medium heat, pour cream of chicken soup, cream and milk. Whisk until smooth. Add cheese, stirring until cheese is fully melted throughout the soup.
Add green onions and bacon. Stir. Turn heat to low.
Add fresh ground pepper to desired taste. (Maybe 1/4 tsp?)
Add drained potatoes to creamy mixture, stirring to mix and cover potatoes fully.
Let soup simmer a few minutes to fully incorporate the flavors.
Serve topped with extra toppings for decoration… and flavor.
Because the only thing better than a soup flavored with bacon is more bacon.
Bacon makes everything better.
And sourdough bread. It is the bomb with this soup. I makes for a great scraper for the bowl.
Much better than licking it clean as you may be wont to do.
Click here for a printable recipe. Or save this page for all the times you will need to make it to make your people happy (which will be a lot. )