The Crazy Suburban Mom: What's in my pantry for dinner? canned cream of potato soup (and randomly... whats in my powder room)

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

What's in my pantry for dinner? canned cream of potato soup (and randomly... whats in my powder room)

This is something I rarely have.


I got two of them over the week-end for a recipe. I ended up only making half the recipe. A good thing, in retrospect, because it fit more easily down my garbage disposal.

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I hate to do that... I try to salvage things if I can... but this?

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This had to go.

I'm now left with a can of Campbell's Cream of Potato soup and decided to fashion a Stuffed Baked Potato Soup out of it.

But lightly.

As delish as a loaded stuffed baked potato is... I feel like a load after eating one, so I'm going to try and lighten the fat content.

I've named the recipe...

' Cream of Loaded Baked Potato Soup That Doesn't Make my Ass Look Fat' Soup

The recipe is (so simple) more of a method really and you don't have to use the light and low fat version if you don't want too. The main thing is really to make it pantry and use what you have:

One can of Campbells Cream of potato soup
One 29 ounce can of white potatoes (rinsed, rinsed, rinsed so they don't taste like can) and diced
Fat Free Half and Half - about 2 cups
salt and pepper

Heat the potato pieces with the condensed soup until hot (There are a lot of potatoes and not so much soup at this point. Heat slowly on low). Add the fat free half and half. You can't boil the fat free version of half and half like you can the regular version - it will break. Once you add it, get a good heat on...but don't boil!

Garnish with:

Scallions
Reduced or fat free Sour Cream
Crispy cooked bacon or turkey bacon
A toss of reduced fat or regular shredded cheddar

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Served the soup with a grilled cheddar sandwich, on an onion roll, with a sprinkle of crispy bacon. I grilled the sandwiches in a Pam sprayed pan and smoooshed them down so they were flat like paninis.

The verdict?

Oh! This was good. Very good. To me it tasted just like a loaded baked potato. This recipe, like stuffed baked potatoes...is all about the garnishes.

If you want a to be totally authentic don't use canned potatoes - no matter what you do they remain a bit canny...but really, this is GOOD, even with the canned potatoes I had in my pantry.

This was as good or better than a lot of soups I've paid for in restaurants.

Okay.

This is so totally random but I was thinking that I had posted in March about how I painted my kitchen back splash . I'd lived in this house at least 10 years and had the same old builder's paint everywhere. I had a drawer full of paint chips and walls full of yuk. I don't know if you've ever had new construction but builder's paint is not only unwashable but if you try to clean it, the paint come off.

Oddly the only way to deal with dirt is to leave it.

So one day I got all the craft paint I had in the house (which thankfully was not fuchsia, tangerine and puce) and had at my walls. I figured the worst that could happen would be that I would have to paint.

Which I already did.

I started with the kitchen back splash and than moved onto the powder room. I've never regretted either decision and I'm still really happy with both places.

In the powder room I used yellows, whites, golds and tans. It does have a metallic glaze so it's a bit shiny in the pictures. Well, mostly that first picture ... but it's close.

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8 Comments:

Christina 5/7/09, 10:07 AM  

That looks awesome.

Mama 5/7/09, 11:16 AM  

Ok give it up,how'd you do it?I have a hideous bathroom that needs this exact color.I was looking for a "candlelit" look and you nailed it.I have a bajillion cans of paint out there.I have silver metallic glaze,would that work?The backsplash rocks,love it.

tracy 5/7/09, 11:32 AM  

Christina - thank you!

Mama - I can't tell you exactly how to do it cause I'm not entirely sure... It was done out of frustration and the belief that no matter what I did would be better than what was there...but I can tell you a few things I remember!

First I was using kind of big brushes - at least 2 inches wide...

I was using the paint that I had which was mostly acrylic craft paint in little bottles and one thing I did buy was a metallic gold glaze they sell for faux finishes...

I poured paint on paper plates - multiple colors but I didn't mix them. I picked up several colors at a time on the brush and since they were all in the yellos, gold, cream, tan, white family, they blended together in some places.. and sometimes didnt.

I stroked on the paint, in kind of wide areas... going over areas I didnt like until it looks smooth and the color was varied but not shocking.

The last thing I did was use the gold glaze but I didnt go over the whole thing with just the glaze...I still used the multiple colors and the glaze. I just added the glaze to the plate and picked that up along with all the other colors... But this time probably less color, more glaze.

It took me a few days to do and it's a small room. The thing with it is you have to know there will be a point at which you go - OMG this is awful - in every project. And you need to press forward... The truth is you can paint over anything... And if its awful you can just paint over it with a straight gold colored paint and than glaze it over with gold...or paint it cream and glaze it over with gold. both would look really nice.

the hardest thing for me was getting over the fear of ruining something... but once i started i was fine. I knew I could always fix it by painting over it...

if you do it you have to let me know!

tracy

Alicia 5/7/09, 2:59 PM  

You have talent. Following from MBC

Ling Ling 5/7/09, 3:03 PM  

Very nice! I wish that I could paint like that... you are very talented.

tracy 5/7/09, 3:41 PM  

Alica - Thank you!

Ling Ling! Thank you but the truth is.. I didnt know if I could paint or not. And what I did wasnt hard...I was just so beyond frustrated I figured it couldnt be worse than it already was. And anything I did could be painted over.

marythemom 5/14/09, 3:33 PM  

I love this and your backsplash! Even though I often did interior decorating for friends I had the hardest time getting over my fear of color in my own house. I finally got up the courage to paint the kitchen and dining room ceiling blue! Now I only have one or two "builder white" rooms in the whole house.

My philosophy became "it's just paint" and when I decided to paint over the white! wallpaper with blue roses in the kitchen/ dining room, I figured I could always repaper it. I wish I'd done what you did with craft paint, but I'm so crazy I decided to do this complicated process with 8! layers. It looks great, but took months and yours looks just as pretty!

Kudos on this and your kitchen! I also love your "sunset" bathroom.

Mary in Texas
http://marythemom-mayhem.blogspot.com/

tracy 5/16/09, 9:42 AM  

Mary - I did one thing I havent posted that took a while ...not too awfully long but its the only time I didnt wing it. I actually found directions on how to do a malachite finish and used them.

Normally directions and I arent close friends.

tracy

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