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Let's catch up ....Comfort for dinner

Posted by Karen Pugh on

Over 10 years ago I started a blog titled Miss Messy Crocker.  Now you might wonder how that name came about, knowing my past life of painting and what could it possibly mean in my jewelry creations.  Well it was a tag given to me by my late husband Mike.  You see, we had a match made in heaven.  I loved to cook, but hated to clean, and he would jump in and clean up after I made the meal.  See; a match made in heaven.  Here it comes....he would always tell people that I was the best cook, but in doing so, I would dirty every pan, bowl and utensil in the kitchen, so he penned me Miss Messy Crocker.  As this blog was designed to showcase my works of art, my travels, favorite recipes, family and life in general, I just thought it was appropriate at the time.

Now that he is gone, I have decided to ressurect the blog, bring you a few of the past posts which were the fans favorites, and also share my work, how to's, recipes and travels of today.  I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I enjoy making it.  

Here is my all time most viewed post from the past, October 2010. 


As I am a 'snowbird' I have already migrated to Florida for the winter and one immediately thinks, warm, sunshine, palm trees.  Well today isn't the norm. Seems a cold front has followed me south and it is very chilly, windy and down right cold here today.  So I thought it was the perfect time to reprise my recipe for warm potato soup.  It's what's for dinner today.  Hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.

I decided on a large pot of soup that I can be enjoyed today and  warmed and eaten tomorrow for lunch.  I am sure it will leave me feeling very cozy inside.  Here is my recipe which is very simple and quick.  I hope you enjoy!

               Ingredients:  6 medium russet potatoes
                                   1 cup milk (whole or 2%)
                                   1/4 c chopped onion
                                   1/2 pound smoked sausage
                                   1 tsp each butter and olive oil
                                   1 cup half and half
                                   1 tsp parsley flakes
                                   1 tsp celery seeds
                                   1 egg yolk                                  
                                   1 tsp salt & pepper to taste                              
Peel and dice potatoes and set aside covered in water.  Chop onion and dice smoked sausage and saute in pot with butter and olive oil.  Saute until onion is clear making certain not to allow the onions to scorch.  Once onions are clear, add the drained potatoes to the pot.  Add  just enough water to cover potatoes.  At this time you can add celery seeds and salt and pepper and bring to a boil.  Stir occasionally and once the pot begins to boil,  lower the temp to simmer.  Allow to simmer until potatoes are soft and can be easily mashed with a fork, approximately 30 minutes. Using a potato masher, work the potatoes until most are mashed, but a few cubes are left. 
Add to the pot the  half and half  and 1/2 cup milk holding back 1/2 cup milk.  Add egg yolk to 1/2 cup of milk, mixing well and stir into soup mixture.  Let soup return to boil, stirring occasionally as it thickens.  Taste for additional seasoning at that time. Can be served with crackers, a dollop of sour cream, chopped chives or any topping of your choice.  Guaranteed to warm you from the inside out.

I hope you enjoyed this trip back in time.   So make a big pot, sit down and check out how I upcycle silverware https://www.kpughdesigns.com