Dgd wanted to learn how to make potato soup. I don't normally use a recipe for this, but we figured out the approximate measurements. It was really good.
4 strips bacon
1 small onion, diced
2 ribs celery, diced (also cut up celery leaves, setting aside for garnish)
2-3 potatoes, diced
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups heavy cream, half & half or milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese-set aside a little for garnish
Cook bacon in large pot until crisp. Remove and set aside on paper towels. Pour bacon fat into a container for another us, leaving about 2 tablespoons in pot. Saute onions and celery. Place diced potatoes in pot and cook while stirring another 2-3 minutes. Add chicken broth, just enough to cover potatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook until really tender and falling apart. Optional-(Use a hand held immersion blender or use potato masher to smooth out the mixture. I like it a bit smooth, but with some potato chunks left) Add heavy cream, half & half or milk, depending on how rich you like it.
Dice bacon-setting aside a little for garnish. Add cheese and bacon and continue cooking over low heat, just until cheese is melted. Serve garnished with bacon, shredded cheese and celery leaves.
Notes: you can use butter instead of bacon fat if you prefer. Ham is also good to use instead of bacon for flavor.
What have you made with your kids?