Friday, February 29, 2008

Potato Soup and McGyver

I'll just say a few things so I can say I blogged something. Allison asked for some easy things for singles or pairs to help avoid frozen dinner overload. It's been such a long time since I only had to cook for the two of us but I remember a few things. Lasagna and manicotti freeze well. Make them as if you would make a large pan full except use several loaf pans instead of a big 9 x 13 and don't pre-boil the noodles. Also, add 1 cup water to the sauce. Bake one pan for dinner and wrap the others tightly with foil and freeze. To serve just thaw over night in the refrigerator and bake as usual. The reason you don't boil the noodles is because pasta continuously absorbs liquid and once you cover it in sauce it will continually absorb the extra water you added to it. By the time it's thawed and baked the noodles will be nice and soft. I haven't pre-boiled lasagna or manicotti noodles in years because this is such an easy step. Do a search on the internet for freezer meals and almost all of them you can make as directed but divide into smaller pans. This will also give you a months worth of meals in your freezer in about a week. I know this will be handy for you, Allison with a busy summer coming up.

Ron had his wisdom teeth out this week so we've been eating a lot of soup for the past couple days. We like soup, but not so much for every meal. It doesn't take long before he's complaining about wanting something solid. He's still too afraid of chewing much so far, but I've been trying to lean on the hearty side of the soup family. Here is the recipe for Emily's favorite Potato Soup. It can easily be halved if you don't want so much.

Potato Soup

4 potatoes, diced
Water to cover potatoes
1/4 cup diced onions (I use frozen.)
6 strips of pre-cooked bacon, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 stick butter
2 cups milk
Salt to taste
Shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream

Place potatoes in medium sauce pan and just cover with water. Add onions, garlic, and bacon. Bring to a boil and boil gently at medium heat for 15-20 minutes, until potatoes are soft. Mash potatoes with potato masher (do not drain). Add milk and salt, heat through. Serve with cheese and sour cream on the side.

It's easy, fairly fast, and even the kids love it.

While Ron is laid up looking like a chipmunk he's been checking out stuff on the internet to get caught up on some of his favorite shows. (Like CSI and Chuck.) On the CBS website he found McGyver, a childhood favorite. He's a happy boy!


thesis write said...

You know, the soup is usually thin is texture, but potent in taste. The recipe is simple, consisting of boiling the sweet potato for a long time with rock candy and ginger

writing service said...

LOL))) and where is about McGiver?? at least something? hmmmm,.....