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Subject: Potato Soup and a Salad (pics at alt.binaries.food) [and sub-thread]
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From: Melba's Jammin' 
Date: Wed, 02 Jan 2008 20:28:07 -0600
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Mixed green salad (bagged lettuces  shoot me) and potato soup.  Cukes, 
carrots, red onion, and tomatoes were added to the lettuce mix.  It was 
dressed with some olive oil, verjus, and red wine vinegar.  

When locally grown leeks are plentiful in the late summer and fall, I 
make a sort of soup base with them, using chicken broth for some of the 
liquid.  I freeze 2-cup packages with instructions to add a couple diced 
potatoes and milk, heating through.

That's almost what I did.  :-)   I peeled and diced four spuds and 
cooked them until tender.  I mashed them with a potato mashed and added 
a package of the frozen soup base and some chicken broth.  I took the 
stick blender to it to puree it some, added about 1-1/2 cups diced 
leftover ham (OHMIGOD!!!  It's been in the fridge for a WEEK!  We're 
gonna DIE!), added some evaporated milk (didn't have any half and half 
in house), heated through and served it up.  Garnished with a few 
sprinkles of Penzeys Sunny Paris seasoning and some black pepper.  It 
was served hot and eaten hot.

Dayam!  It was tasty.  I, uh, hard more than one bowl of it.  ALL 
RIGHT!!! So I finished it off.  Rob had a couple bowls, too.

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Subject: Re: Potato Soup and a Salad 
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking

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From: Gloria Puester 
Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2008 17:20:33 GMT
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Melba's Jammin' wrote:
> Dayam!  It was tasty.  I, uh, hard more than one bowl of it.  ALL 
> RIGHT!!! So I finished it off.  Rob had a couple bowls, too.

That sounds perfect for the frigid weather we've been having.
I have a miserable cold and last night's dinner was macaroni and cheese 
with (gasp) ham left over from the weekend before Christmas.  (Nyah, 
nyah, we're probably gonna die before you do.)  I haven't been grocery 
shopping since before Christmas due to our DC trip and the romaine was 
throw-away nasty, so we had applesauce and a salad made from one 
overripe pear, salvageable bits from an avocado that's been around 
4ever, and gorgonzola with a blush wine dressing.  Since I couldn't 
taste anything, it was fine.

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From: kilikini 
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 13:46:39 -0500
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Puester wrote:
> That sounds perfect for the frigid weather we've been having.
> I have a miserable cold and last night's dinner was macaroni and
> cheese with (gasp) ham left over from the weekend before Christmas. (Nyah, 
> nyah, we're probably gonna die before you do.)  I haven't been
> grocery shopping since before Christmas due to our DC trip and the
> romaine was throw-away nasty, so we had applesauce and a salad made
> from one overripe pear, salvageable bits from an avocado that's been
> around 4ever, and gorgonzola with a blush wine dressing.  Since I
> couldn't taste anything, it was fine.

I've had a craving for mac 'n cheese, so your meal sounds wonderful to me. 
Hmmm, you just gave me a thought.  I have tortillas, cheese and mushrooms. 
Maybe a quesdadilla would do the trick.  Yum.

It's darn cold here in Central Florida, too.  Some parts in our area got 
below 20 degrees (our town's lowest sank to 26F) and before all of you folks 
do the "boo hoo-to-you" thing, keep in mind that this was seriously damaging 
to the citrus and strawberry crops.  Our state strawberry festival is next 
month and the consensus is that the crop was severely hit.  This evening's 
news should tell more about the status of that.

On a bright note, I'm warm and toasty wrapped up in 3 sweatshirts, socks, 
slippers, sweatpants, a towel around my neck, and a blanket around me.  We 
don't have heat in the house, but layers *do* work!  They're just cumbersome 
and make cooking difficult.  How did the pioneers do it?   :~)

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From: Wayne Boatwright 
Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2008 19:08:20 GMT
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kilikini told us...
> On a bright note, I'm warm and toasty wrapped up in 3 sweatshirts,
> socks, slippers, sweatpants, a towel around my neck, and a blanket
> around me.  We don't have heat in the house, but layers *do* work! 
> They're just cumbersome and make cooking difficult.  How did the
> pioneers do it?   :~) 

They built fires, which I do not suggest unless you have a fireplace or 
wood stove in the house. :-)

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From: kilikini 
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 15:25:58 -0500
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Wayne Boatwright wrote:
> They built fires, which I do not suggest unless you have a fireplace
> or wood stove in the house. :-)

LOL! 

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From: hahabogus 
Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2008 20:12:44 GMT
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kilikini wrote:
> Some parts in our area got 
> below 20 degrees (our town's lowest sank to 26F) and before all of you
> folks do the "boo hoo-to-you" thing,

In these parts when it gets up to 26F we consider putting on shorts. 

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From: kilikini 
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 17:13:56 -0500
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hahabogus wrote:
> In these parts when it gets up to 26F we consider putting on shorts.

I was waiting for that one!  LOL.  Thing is, two days ago it was around 81F. 
Quite the change.  We're personally fine, I'm more worried about the crops 
since it's almost our Spring around here - most fruits and veggies start 
coming into fruition (hey, pun intended) around Feb./March.  This is 
critical growth time.

Believe it or not, it actually snowed in one county!

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From: blake murphy 
Date: Fri, 04 Jan 2008 17:47:32 GMT
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hahabogus wrote:
>In these parts when it gets up to 26F we consider putting on shorts. 

yeah, and when i was a kid we had to walk miles through the snow to
get to twenty-six degrees.

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From: ChattyCathy 
Date: Fri, 04 Jan 2008 20:09:59 +0200
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blake murphy wrote:
> yeah, and when i was a kid we had to walk miles through the snow to
> get to twenty-six degrees.

What? No skis?

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From: hahabogus 
Date: Fri, 04 Jan 2008 20:08:12 GMT
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ChattyCathy wrote
> What? No skis?

It is so flat here that you can watch your dog run away from home all 
weekend. So skiis would be not a good idea.

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From: ChattyCathy 
Date: Fri, 04 Jan 2008 22:29:46 +0200
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hahabogus wrote:
> It is so flat here that you can watch your dog run away from home all 
> weekend. 

It takes a whole weekend to fall off the edge of the Earth from where 
you live?  I'm Impressed.

So skiis would be not a good idea.

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From: hahabogus 
Date: Sat, 05 Jan 2008 07:12:01 GMT
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ChattyCathy wrote:
> It takes a whole weekend to fall off the edge of the Earth from where 
> you live?  I'm Impressed.
> 
> So skiis would be not a good idea.

We get Japanese tourist ...just to watch the weather fronts move in.

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From: blake murphy 
Date: Sat, 05 Jan 2008 18:41:43 GMT
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ChattyCathy wrote:
>What? No skis?

skis?  this snow wasn't powder, it was yellow.

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From: Blinky the Shark 
Date: Sat, 05 Jan 2008 14:07:03 -0800
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blake murphy wrote:
> skis?  this snow wasn't powder, it was yellow.

And uphill both ways.  And all the acid was brown.

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From: Gloria Puester 
Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2008 23:25:55 GMT
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kilikini wrote:
> On a bright note, I'm warm and toasty wrapped up in 3 sweatshirts, socks, 
> slippers, sweatpants, a towel around my neck, and a blanket around me.  We 
> don't have heat in the house, but layers *do* work!  They're just cumbersome 
> and make cooking difficult.  How did the pioneers do it?   :~)

Wood heat.

:-)

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From: Dee.Dee 
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 19:30:14 -0500
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kilikini wrote:
> On a bright note, I'm warm and toasty wrapped up in 3 sweatshirts, socks, 
> slippers, sweatpants, a towel around my neck, and a blanket around me.  We 
> don't have heat in the house, but layers *do* work!  They're just 
> cumbersome and make cooking difficult.  How did the pioneers do it?   :~)

They hardly had time to sit down.  Just to eat, sleep & ...., so they stayed 
warm.
:-)

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From: Melba's Jammin' 
Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2008 22:00:56 -0600
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kilikini wrote:
> It's darn cold here in Central Florida, too.  Some parts in our area got 
> below 20 degrees (our town's lowest sank to 26F) 

Yeah, my grandniece was to be married on the beach at Captiva at about 
4:30 this afternoon.  I wonder if she had her snuggies on. . . . 

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From: blake murphy 
Date: Fri, 04 Jan 2008 17:49:15 GMT
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Melba's Jammin' wrote:
>Yeah, my grandniece was to be married on the beach at Captiva at about 
>4:30 this afternoon.  I wonder if she had her snuggies on. . . . 

barb, it's not polite to speculate about the bride's underwear...

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From: kilikini 
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2008 13:04:18 -0500
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blake murphy wrote:
> barb, it's not polite to speculate about the bride's underwear...

Okay, I snorted at that one.  LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

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From: Gloria Puester 
Date: Fri, 04 Jan 2008 18:33:55 GMT
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Melba's Jammin' wrote:
> Yeah, my grandniece was to be married on the beach at Captiva at about 
> 4:30 this afternoon.  I wonder if she had her snuggies on. . . . 

I think that falls in the category of "Never assume..."

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From: blake murphy 
Date: Fri, 04 Jan 2008 17:46:10 GMT
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kilikini wrote:
>On a bright note, I'm warm and toasty wrapped up in 3 sweatshirts, socks, 
>slippers, sweatpants, a towel around my neck, and a blanket around me.  We 
>don't have heat in the house, but layers *do* work!  They're just cumbersome 
>and make cooking difficult.  How did the pioneers do it?   :~)

they froze their butts off is what.

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From: The Cook 
Date: Fri, 04 Jan 2008 13:46:54 -0500
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kilikini wrote:
>On a bright note, I'm warm and toasty wrapped up in 3 sweatshirts, socks, 
>slippers, sweatpants, a towel around my neck, and a blanket around me.  We 
>don't have heat in the house, but layers *do* work!  They're just cumbersome 
>and make cooking difficult.  How did the pioneers do it?   :~)

We were not pioneers, but lived in Delray Beach in the late 1950's.
The house, like most at the time was not heated or air conditioned. We
had a kerosene heater.  Served the purpose even the smell is not
great.


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