A Soup By Any Other Name Would Taste As Good…

Whether you call this Cheese Soup or Potato Cheese Soup is still tasty!

This recipe is so easy to make and so delicious! Like most of my recipes you can change it up and it’s still the best thing ever. The original recipe calls for corn, but I didn’t have any on hand, so I left it out. It also says to cook for several hours, but who has time for that these days! I cooked mine in less than 30 minutes. It was so-o-o warm and tasty on a cold winter’s night!

I have several old cookbooks that the ladies of my church published many, many years ago. I still go back to them for those tried and true recipes that I remember savoring at potluck dinners. This recipe is for Cheese Soup and is one my family’s favorite. It’s from one of the best cooks at our church who happens to be one of my best friends. Whenever I have a question about recipes, kids, or life in general, I can always call her and get sound advice or just a listening ear.

Since I tend to use whatever I have on hand, I substituted a yellow onion for a red one that I had in the fridge. I found two small sweet peppers in the vegetable drawer so I cut them up and added them to the veggie mix.

You can cut the veggies into small pieces like I did or make the soup more country style by cutting the vegetables into bigger chunks. To hurry the soup along, I sauted the cut up veggies until tender and then added the other ingredients instead of cooking everything for several hours.

I cut the potatoes into small pieces so they would cook faster. These were pretty Yukon gold potatoes so I left the skin on for more nutritional value.

The recipe calls for water with bouillon as the liquid, but I had a box of chicken broth in the fridge, so I used it and made up the difference in water and chicken bouillon.

One of my most favorite mini appliances is this immersion blender. After the potatoes were soft, I placed the hand blender in the pot of soup and pureed away – but not too much. You want to eave some chunks of potato. This makes the soup a little thicker which my family likes. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can leave this part out and the soup is still yummy!

Using Velveeta makes the soup cheesy and creamy, but you could use whatever cheese you have on hand. Just cut it into small pieces, add to the potato mixture, and melt.

Tips & Tricks: Don’t let the soup boil after you add the cheese, it could curdle on you – I know. Turn the soup on low and let the cheese melt as you stir it.

Top the steaming bowl of soup with bacon pieces and serve with hot, buttered cornbread or toast! M-m-m good!

Cheese Soup (I call it Potato Cheese Soup)
4 cups water
2 cups whole kernel corn (can be frozen or canned)
2 cups chopped potatoes
2 cups chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
4 beef or chicken bouillon cubes (use 1 cube per cup of water)
1 lb Velveeta cheese, cubes
1 tsp Tabasco sauce

Place all ingredients except cheese in pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and cook for 2 hours. Add cubed cheese and stir until well blended. Serves 6 (original recipe from Pat Brown)

Super Cute Cake Pops…

I’ve been seeing cake pops everywhere – at Starbucks, in magazines, on the web, so I decided I’d give it a try. How hard could it be? Roll cake into a ball and dip in chocolate, easy…and it was! I had to get the hang of it, but after a couple it was easy peasy…and oh, so cute! Check our bakerella.com for lots of ideas.

Here’s the recipe:

1 box of cake mix
1 small can of frosting
dipping chocolate
lollypop sticks
sprinkles or other decorations

Bake the cake as directed on the back of package in a 9×13 pan. Let cool and crumble into mixing bowl. Add can of frosting and mix together. Should be of a consistency that when you squeeze into a ball it holds together, but not sticky. Roll into balls, mine where about 2″or so. Place on cookie sheet and place in freezer for about 15 minutes, just until they get really cold and firm. Meanwhile, melt the dipping chocolate (you can use chocolate bark or those candy wafers from Hobby Lobby or Michaels) according to the package directions. When ready to dip, dip one end of the stick into the candy and insert into ball. Dip the ball into the chocolate covering completely and let excess drip off. (Bakerella gave the best tip – hold pop in one hand and tap, tap, tap until the excess runs off. Watch her do it on her website.) Sprinkle with decorations at this point – once candy sets the sprinkles won’t stay. Stand up pop in styrofoam and let dry.

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