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Warm and Comforting – Simple Potato Soup

img_9265As the season has brought rain, and in some cases snow, and colder weather just about everywhere, we can all need and enjoy something warm and comforting to eat.  If it happens to be simple to make and only involves a few ingredients most of us have in the pantry and refrigerator…well, that’s all the better!  Potato soup…or at least this version of potato soup, was a basic comfort food in our home when I was growing up.  Whenever anyone was sick, or chilled, or if it was a gloomy day, my grandmother would whip up some potato soup and things always seemed a little better and brighter.   All these years later when I need a “lift” this is one of the foods that still brings comfort.  No matter when I eat it, I just feel better.

It’s simple and hardy.  I think you’ll enjoy it and feel warmed and comforted too.  Give it a try 🙂

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Simple Potato Soup 

4 potatoes, peeled and chopped into small pieces
1/2 onion chopped
1 cup of chicken stock or boullion (I prefer the brand Better Than Boullion, a delicious boullion paste that you dilute)
3 cups whole milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh thyme leaves (optional)

Mix chicken stock and milk and add potatoes and onion. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.  Simmer until potatoes and onions are tender, about 10 minutes. Take out about 1/3 of the potatoes and put the rest of the potatoes along with the liquid in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.  Be sure not to have the lid too tight so that the steam can escape as you puree and keep the speed low.  Add the puree back to the potatoes you took out.  If soup is too thick, add a bit more milk and heat again Adjust seasoning and serve.  Sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves if you desire. Enjoy and feel warmed and comforted 🙂
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