Friday, May 20, 2011

Baked Potato Soup

I love potatoes!  I like them plain, mashed, baked, souped and saladed.  Seriously, if you make them, I will eat them.  My favorite is mashed potatoes, but this soup is a very close second.  I found a version of this recipe in Southern Living before Mitch and I got married, and it was one of the first things I cooked for him after we tied the knot.  It has evolved into a staple in our household; we eat it no matter what time of year, and it makes wonderful leftovers.

Baked Potato Soup
6 large russet potatoes
1 large onion, chopped
3 14 oz. cans chicken broth
1/4 C butter
2 1/2 t salt
1 1/4 t pepper
1 C half and half
2 C shredded cheddar cheese
3 T chopped chives (I often use dried chives from my spice rack)
6 bacon slices, crumbled

Peel potatoes and cut into cubes.  Combine the first six ingredients in a dutch oven or soup pot. Cover and cook on medium high heat until the potatoes are really tender, approximately 30 minutes.  Mash mixture until the soup is thickened.  Stir in the cream, 1 cup cheese, half of the bacon and chives.  Top with the remaining bacon and cheese.

You can also do this in a crockpot.  The only variation is that you cook it on high for four hours or on low for eight.  I did this a lot when I was working.  Happy Eating!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Crawfish and City Bakery

Last weekend we went to a delicious crawfish boil at the Boat Basin Cafe on the Upper West Side.  One of Mitch's good friends from Starkville, Jimmy, started an organization called Crawfish for Cancer after his dad was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer.  This was the third annual boil in NYC, and it was a blast.  We spent about five hours outside eating crawfish and talking with friends.  There were several people from Starkville that came up to help cook, and they can cook some mean crawfish.  All around, it was a lovely Saturday afternoon and the close to 700 people that showed up, helped raise a lot of money for a great cause.

On an unrelated note, I was introduced to a wonderful bakery/restaurant near Union Square, and I am slightly obsessed.  I met my discipleship group at City Bakery on Saturday morning, and it was delicious!  I got the bakers muffin, but there were so many other pastries I wanted to try.  And I hear their hot lunch buffet is pretty delicious too.  I can't wait to go back and try lunch sometime soon!  Also, their space has a great feel to it, and is huge by New York standards.

I hope everyone is having a great week!  We have been engulfed in baby registering around here; which has taken a little bit more time than I anticipated.  I couldn't resist buying a couple of cute little outfits and headbands for little Maybelle...they are just so darn cute!  I will post pictures of our purchases soon.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Fabric Shopping

I went fabric shopping earlier this week and had a blast.  My friend Ashley kept me company and helped me haul the spirals of fabric around the store.  I found P and S Fabrics online and really liked the store a lot.  The workers are really nice and helpful, and the fabric selection is pretty good.  The only downside is that they don't have a good selection of printed fabrics.  But the price is certainly right.  It was fun to get inspired by the different colors and textures.  I am going to work on a burp cloth for Maybelle today using that pretty pink fabric.  I'll report back tomorrow with the finished product, and hopefully it will resemble an actual burp cloth! :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Royal Wedding and Our Weekend

Did you watch the royal wedding on Friday?  I was not dedicated enough to get up in the wee hours of the morning, but I did watch it on delay as soon as I could get Bo to doggy daycare and pick up my breakfast.  I decided to bring out our china for the occasion; it seemed like there really wasn't any other way for me to have my bagel and coffee.  I loved watching all of the coverage and fell in love with Kate and her dress.  It was amazing!  And I loved that they just looked like two normal people in love and getting married....even though millions of people were watching.  I am not usually this into "celebrities," but I was glued in on Friday.

Mitch and I had a wonderfully relaxing weekend together.  It had been a pretty busy week, and it was nice to recharge.  Saturday night we went on a lovely dinner and a movie double date.  Natalie always knows the best restaurants, and this time she introduced us to some of the best BBQ we have had since moving up here.  The movie was really good, but had a plot twist at the end that kind of made you wonder whether you should like it at all.  Sunday we rented a Zipcar and headed out for the morning.  It was wonderful to stretch our wings and see that there is in fact green space outside of a park and that single family homes are still prevalent.  And Bo loves riding in a car, so it was nice to give him a treat that he had been missing for seven months.

Did anyone else watch the royal wedding?  What did you think?