With the temperature being four degrees as I drove into work yesterday morning – yes, that is right… four… as in one, two, three, four… as in, you can count on one hand the bone snapping chill in the air – I wished I could have just hit the snooze button that morning and stayed under the electric blanket all day. However, being a responsible adult means there are obligations like work, going to the gym, and buying dog food, all of which deny any reprieve from the frigid air.
After rolling out of bed one must properly prepare to face the arctic blast. At least two layers of all forms of clothing is necessary which then must be topped off with a fluffy white parka, hat, and gloves. Once dressed and boots are on, you can finally set out in quest of conquering your daily obligations… in the form of a Jet Puffed Marshmallow. As you move through your tasks in the frigid temperatures you become more and more frustrated as your muscles continue to clench and twist into knots in attempt to retreat from the frozen air. Eventually, you get tired of fighting the 20 pounds of fabric you have cocooned yourself in and the single digit temperatures so you simply want to give up and drop to the earth in defeat.
Another option would be to look forward to and make homemade potato cheese soup after braving the bitter air all day.
Homemade Potato Cheese Soup
3 c. peeled & chopped potatoes (red or white – NOT baking potatoes)
1 c. water
1/2 c. chopped celery
1/2 c. chopped carrots
1/4 c. chopped onion
8 oz Kraft Cheez Whiz (in a jar in refrigerate cheese section)
salt and pepper to taste
Place all cubed and chopped vegetables in dutch oven on stove. Add enough water until vegetables are just submersed (will probably end up being more than 1 cup). Bring water to boil and boil vegetables until tender – about 10 minutes – do NOT overcook. Drain vegetables and return to dutch oven. Combine 1-1/2 cups of milk and 2 tablespoons of flour in separate bowl and stir well with fork until blended. Add milk and flour mixture to cooked vegetables on medium low heat. Add Kraft Cheez Whiz (Velveeta works too) and stir / heat until blended and thickened. Cook bacon strips in microwave and crumble on top.
We made this for dinner last week and paired it with steamed broccoli (from the frozen vegetable aisle), crusty french bread (from the bakery), and some crisp, white wine. Easy, delicious, warm, comfort food.
I wish you all luck as you embark on your obligations for the day and face the freezing temperatures – maybe some homemade potato cheese soup will help make things a little easier.