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Monday, April 28, 2014

Brunch ~ Potato Soup My Version ~ Blueberry Pie

Good 35º VERY foggy morning. Can't see across my pasture!

LOL, this from George Bachmeier (LASD ret):

Yesterday, the best laid plans, didn't all pan out, but it worked. Brunch with the 'gang' ... Dee and Dale had church, Tom and Kathy had church, Tammy was going to lunch with girlfriends, Patty and Cliff had some excuse, Bill hurt his back and he and Jeannie couldn't make it, PJ and Dave couldn't make it as she had pet-sitting. So, at least Brian, Jen, Tucker, and Sami made it and along with Jennifer and her friend Mike. We ate at Tap Rock on the river in Grants Pass. We had good food and good conversation. Of course 2 mimosas and all I wanted afterwards was a nap! The buffet was all set up...

It was gloomy and rainy but the view was great...

Across the river in the park were some geese and their babies...

Sami had French toast with whipped cream, ergo the whipped cream moustache!

I had fresh pineapple, cheese blintz with strawberries, scrambled eggs, blackened fish, and eggs Bennie. OMGOOD.

Mike and Jennifer let me take their picture. NICE!!

Mike is and going to do some work for me.... weed-eating and my burn pile.  He was involved with fire-fighting-rescue-management, etc. Good to have around. He can save cats in trees!
Ok, so early Saturday I made the potato soup. Although I didn't have the ingredients on the recipe I faked it and put in my own fridge and cupboard ideas... I had 7 Yukon Gold potatoes and two heads of garlic. I sliced off the top of the garlic heads, drizzled with olive oil, and topped with some toasted onion sea salt.

Wrapped them in foil. Baked the potatoes and garlic (350º 1 hour). Let them cool. No shallots or celery so cut up some leeks and sauteéd them in the butter with the flour....

Add in the chicken stock slowly and stir until thick...

Peel and dice the potatoes... mash a couple into the broth mixture and then add the rest of the diced.. Squeezed the cooked garlic out of the skin and added that in also...

Didn't have regular cream cheese so added the soft jalapeño cream cheese 

and some grated yellow and white cheese... let it all melt then added in the chopped cooked boneless skinless chicken thighs... I didn't have any corn so I added in corn soup and didn't use the milk as it wasn't needed...

I did put in some homemade pesto at the end. Put it all in the crockpot to keep warm.... and added a tad more cheese!

I chopped some fresh chives to put on top when I served it.


Historically this date...
1789 – Mutiny on the Bounty: Lieutenant William Bligh and 18 sailors are set adrift and the rebel crew returns to Tahiti briefly and then sets sail for Pitcairn Island.

1869 – Chinese and Irish laborers for the Central Pacific Railroad working on the First Transcontinental Railroad lay 10 miles of track in one day, a feat which has never been matched.

1988 – Near Maui, Hawaiiflight attendant Clarabelle "C.B." Lansing is blown out ofAloha Airlines Flight 243, a Boeing 737, and falls to her death when part of the plane's fuselage rips open in mid-flight.

1994 – Former Central Intelligence Agency counter-intelligence officer and analystAldrich Ames pleads guilty to giving U.S. secrets to the Soviet Union and later Russia.

And births this date include...
1758 – James Monroe, American politician, 5th President of the United States (d. 1831)

1930 – Carolyn Jones, American actress (d. 1983)

1941 – Ann-Margret, Swedish actress


1950 – Jay Leno, American comedian and talk show host

All I know. Happy Monday. Nuff said. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
April 28th
Blueberry Pie Day