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Recipes - From The Canning Cupboard #1: Ham & Potato Soup

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 10-18-2012 10:40 AM 3793 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Oct. 18/12

I was outside raking leaves today, gathering them for my blueberry patch, and I worked up a sweat.
Inside, after I cooled down, I then felt chilly. What do you eat when you have a chill? Soup!

I have potatoes—oooh potato soup.
Hmm… I have jars of ham, recently preserved in my pressure canner (see blog)...
Oh… and i have some chestnuts.

What about a Potato-Ham-Chestnut soup??!!! !

The Concoction

  • I steamed six small potatoes, cut into small wedges
  • when the potatoes were soft, I added about 1/2 cup of chestnuts (from the freezer)
  • I then sauteed some chopped onions in butter
  • I then stirred in some flour to thicken it
  • and then I gradually added milk until it was a lovely thick soup consistency
  • I whipped the potatoes and chestnuts and added it to the milk-soup mixture
  • I dumped in a drained jar of cubed ham
  • I seasoned it with salt, pepper and some cayenne pepper

Taste-testting, as usual, dwindled the pot’s contents.
I then asked Rick to taste test … too thick for him.
So I added more milk and then a tad more cayenne pepper

Oops… too much.. Rick hasn’t done a second taste-test but I’m sure he will think it is too spicy. I might just have to eat the entire pot-ful by myself!!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)



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Karson

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posted 10-18-2012 12:57 PM

You mighty try some Chipote pepper. I like it better than Cayenne.

They are smoked peppers and have aa great taste.

-- Karson retired in DE e-mail karson_morrison@bigfoot.com

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MsDebbieP

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posted 10-18-2012 01:00 PM

I’ll look for some next shopping trip

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Karson

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posted 10-19-2012 06:46 AM

Debbie:

I find them in the area where they have Hispanic foods and they have a rack where spices are hung on a peg board. The regular grocery shop might or might not have them. I get mine is a grocery store that caters to Hispanics and Asians. I have to grind the dried peppers up in a spice grinder (small Coffee Grinder).

I also do that with other items that I want to make into powder (Seeds that I want freshly ground)

-- Karson retired in DE e-mail karson_morrison@bigfoot.com

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MsDebbieP

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posted 10-19-2012 11:13 AM

cool.
thanks for tips

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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sharad

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posted 10-20-2012 02:26 AM

Debbie, your recipe of soup looks very interesting. I have not seen chestnut yet. My search on internet did not give me a good picture of the nut. Do you have a picture of how they look. Are they dried and stored? Like groundnut are they roasted for getting good flavor?

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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MsDebbieP

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posted 10-20-2012 02:40 AM

Scott H posted some good pictures of the nut after it is out of the shell (LINK)

Apparently you either have to dehydrate them or freeze them; you cannot just dry them as you would other nuts.
I think that you can buy cans of them though.. not sure how they are preserved.

And the soup is REALLY good. My daughter had some last night—“mmm-mmmm-mmm”

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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sharad

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posted 10-20-2012 10:55 AM

Thanks Debbie. The nuts look so different than what I imagined.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Shirley Bovshow "Eden Maker"

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posted 10-23-2012 11:27 PM

Yum. I just bought some ham today and will try this soup recipe tomorrow. Thanks Deb!
Shirley

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MsDebbieP

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posted 10-24-2012 06:37 AM

let me know what you think…

now I want to make another batch – just thinking about it!! mmm mmmm good

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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jroot

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posted 10-24-2012 04:05 PM

Have you tried the smoked paprika to give it a nice wood-fire flavour? A bit at a time – to taste. Works wonders here.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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MsDebbieP

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posted 10-25-2012 02:07 AM

sounds yummy!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 10-30-2012 08:44 AM

Sounds delicious, Debbie. Just a thought, if you still have cool-weather greens growing in your garden, harvest and finely chop up kale, broccoli raab or chard and add it to the soup at the last minute. it will make a tasty and nutritional addition to your potato soup.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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MsDebbieP

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posted 10-30-2012 09:04 AM

a nice addition
my kale and spinach didn’t come up this year .. bad seed I guess.
Nex year!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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