Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Simmering Soup on a Cold Winter's Day

Lisa, at Stop n' Smell the Chocolates, is graciously hosting a "soup week," and today is the day to link up and share favorite recipes.
It certainly feels like soup weather.
Last week it was 60-70 degrees, this week it has dropped drastically to the 40's, and below.
Please visit Lisa, for more delicious soup recipes.

While on our last cruise, I was introduced to Strawberry Soup. It was a light, refreshing and delicious treat. Imagine my delight, when Lisa provided a Strawberry Soup Recipe. I intend to try this recipe real soon!

Last night I tried a new Taco Soup Recipe.
But that is not what I am sharing today, because although it was good, it needs a little more tweaking. {"smiles"}
Instead, I have posted two other yummy recipes, Chicken Corn Chowder and Potato Soup.

Chicken Corn Chowder
4 strips of bacon
3T flour
1 qt. chicken stock
2 cups cooked chicken (save stock for ingredient above)
2 cans cream style corn
1 can regular kernel corn
1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
1 cup heavy cream

Saute' bacon until crisp, add onions and carrots. Cook until tender. Stir in flour and cook 2-3 minutes. Pour stock in slowly while stirring. Add chicken, corn, poultry seasoning. Stir in cream, simmer 3-4 minutes.

Potato Soup
5#'s baking potatoes, cut into 1" cubes
1 stick butter
salt & pepper
1 cup half 'n half
1/2 cup sour cream

Place the potatoes in a large pot and add enough water to just cover the potatoes. Cover and bring to a boil, then uncover and cook over med-high heat for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat and add butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Over low heat, add the half 'n half and sour cream. Keep warm over low heat until serving time.

Yesterday, I received a book that I won over at Sally's blog, Smiling Sally.
It is a great book by Katie Brown, Katie Brown CELEBRATES, and features wonderful get-together ideas and recipes, including decorations, for each month of the year!
Thank You, Sally!

I ran across more pictures of the cruise in my archives. They are a welcomed sight on this cold winter day....

The formal dining room, and home of the Strawberry Soup.



{Who I might add, turns EIGHTEEN this weekend! Woohoo!}

Josh, Katie (our niece), and Ashley...Ashley took the picture below, as we were sailing out of the port....

~Rhonda :)


Pink Slippers said...

I MUST try these recipes. And Strawberry soup? wow.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Ooooh, I want to try these! Are you cooking tonight? May I join you???

Love all the cruise shots, Rhonda, and the delicious recipes, too.

Thanks for sharing...


Sheila :-)

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Girl, It's cold... here!! Brrr... I want to go on your virtual cruise with you!! Your soup looks so good. I am going to have to try both of them. I have already saved them. Stay warm!!! Hugs, Terrie

Penless Thoughts said...

I am a potato soup maker and lover, too.

nikkicrumpet said...

The food makes me hungry...but those cruise pictures make me yearn for summer!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rhonda, What a fun trip you must have had. Your soups look so delicious. Perfect for the cold days we have been having in my area.Thanks for the recipes. Yummy!

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Love those cruise pictures! Your soups sound wonderful. That chicken corn chowder sounds nice and quick - and yummy!

Thanks for linking up!

A Hint of Home said...

Your soups sound so inviting in this cool weather.
Your cruise pics are making me envious.

What a nice book you received.

Smilingsal said...

I'm glad you got your book. Let me know when to come for dinner!

Your cruise makes me sigh, and the food makes me hungry. Thanks, I think.

Pearl said...


Your soup recipes sound YUMMIES! With just a wee bit of tweaking, I can eat them! For sure these will be printed off for my husband to make... He sends his thanks, and so do I... I'm always on the look-out for delicious gluten-free recipes that are easy to prepare and don't require a ton of crazy ingredients... Now, when is the next cruise and what time should I be sitting on my porch for you to pick me up? ~grins~ ... Talk with you soon... God bless...

~hugs, love ♥ 'n prayers~


imjacobsmom said...

I could use that cruise just about now - it's only -13 degrees here - actual temp now! or I could use a nice warm bowl of soup - I LOVE potato soup it is my favorite! But I am going to make your Chicken corn chowder it sounds rich and delish. Thanks for sharing! ~ Robyn

justabeachkat said...'s so cold here. Soup is just what we need to warm us up. Thanks for the recipes.


onlymehere said...

Yay, more recipes to try! This cruise makes me anxious to go on ours. I sure hope we can go. We're planning on the end of October so it's past hurricane season so we have a while to try and save some $$$! This looks like fun.

Michelle said...

Great pictures...esp since it is soo cold!

Love the soup recipes...funny, I made a Taco soup Monday night...I though it was pretty good but I tweaked it before hand and I am always looking for a good soup recipe...send me your Taco Soup when you get a chance and I'll post mine on my recipe blog if you are interested...thanks!!!

Patti said...

Hi Rhonda~ Thanks for sharing the soup recipes- the potato soup sounds like something my family would like; I will have to try it. Also, the book you mentioned sounds great- I will have to check ot out! Stay warm!!!(lol)- it's 35 below wind chills in my world.


Monogram Queen said...

I love soup and it is definitely soup-weather!

I wanted to go on a cruise until the pirates started attacking cruise ships etc. Now - not so much!

beth at aunties said...


Your name dissappeared from my blog... AFTER I RESTORED IT... AFTER I deleted my whole list. Strange things are happening.
I appreciated your crusie pictures on this cold day.
The soup recipes also look yummy... thanks.
Enjoy your sons birthday!