Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fall Into Flavor 09 and Preview of Random Dozen 8

I hope you thought of a favorite flavorful recipe to share with us today for the kick off of this 5 week meme which will actually be on Mondays from now on.

Here is my submission.

[Suddenly, mental train switches tracks:]

Wait a minute.

Is this rich enough to qualify for this meme, Lid?

Why, yes; yes I believe it is. It has one million calories; will that work?

Yes! This thing is richer than Jed Clampett!

Baked Potato Soup

9 baking potatoes
2/3 c. butter
2/3 c. flour
6 cups whole milk
1/2 t. salt
1 t. black pepper
1/2 c. bacon bits, divided
4 green onions, chopped
10 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
1 (8oz) container sour cream


1. Prick potatoes with a fork and microwave 3 or 4 at a time, scooping out the flesh while the others are cooking.
2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in flour and cook about one minute.
3. Whisk in milk a little at a time, stirring constantly until thickened.
4. Stir in potatoes, salt, pepper, 1/3 c. bacon bits, 2 T green onions and most of the cheese.
5. Cook until thoroughly heated (do not boil).
6. Stir in sour cream and heat through.
7. Serve topped with remaining bacon, onions and cheese. Makes about 3 qts.
8. After eating, do not get on scale for at least one week to avoid emotional trauma.

OK, link up with a recipe, and I will select a person to win the coffee apron I've been plugging for three posts now:


Preview of Random Dozen Week #8

Do not answer these today; this is just a preview so that you can get your thoughts together, write your post and link up tomorrow. I give you extra time because allegedly, some of these questions are "so haaaaard" like they're geometry proofs or fractions or something.

1. Candy corn: Your thoughts?
2. Briefly, what was the first conversation you ever had with your spouse? (or best friend, if you're not married.) (Or someone significant, like your librarian.)
3. Could you ever become a vegetarian?
4. Have you ever dressed up your pet in a costume?
5. Name something about childhood that you miss (like Clark Bars, Teaberry Gum, Malibu Barbie, cracking fake eggs on people's heads with your fist and "It's the Great Pumpkin" airing only once a year).
6. Have you ever won a trophy? If not, what do you deserve a trophy for?
7. When do you think is the appropriate time to begin playing Christmas music each year?
8. What's your favorite board game?
9. How do you feel about surprises (receiving, not giving)?
10. Is it easy for you to say, "I'm sorry?"
11. What is your favorite candle scent?
12. October is traditionally "open house" time in public schools. If you had a literal open house in your home (like a reception) what light snacks would you serve visitors and what would you show them (as in art projects, graded papers) that would uniquely represent you?


Quilldancer said...

Okay -- I am paring down commitments rather than adding them, so I won't join your meme, but I may very well make your soup. It sounds luscious!

And, of course, I plan to do the Random Dozen. See you tomorrow!

JennyMac said...

the soup recipe looks great! Its one of my favorite soups so thanks for sharing.

And I will say right now candy corn = yuck. LOL.

sara said...

yea, I'm first! can't wait to ready all the recipes!!!

these next questions are really going to make us think!!

Kelly Combs said...

6 cups whole milk?!?? Zowie! I don't even remember whole milk. I think it is that glue like substance we used to drink when we were kids.

I might do the random meme tomorrow, because you are asking easier questions. ;-) I know you hate that...but think of it this way, you just must be smarter than the average person. (Definitely smarter than ME!) (or is it I?)

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

My recipe is up! Let the flavor begin!

Happy Fall into Flavor


Thena said...

The soup sounds wonderful. We're having our family Christmas at my Mom's this year the day after Christmas. We've decided to do soup and sandwiches since we will all be tired of turkey. lol So this is one that I can surprise them with because I'm the baker in the family, have never made homemade soup. Going now to blog about chicken pot pie.

Mocha with Linda said...

I'll be back with a recipe later - I ran out of time last night and I have a car appt as soon as I drop the kids off. Your soup sounds great!

And this week's questions are fun!

Merrie said...

I'm so excited to have that recipe ... I order potato soup all the time (when it is on the menu). I LOVE it, but have never made it. I'll try this one. Thanks!

skoots1mom said...

i love rich soup recipes...sounds wonderfully filling
we just finished a 15-bean ham soup this past week...soup certainly says FALL

Susanne said...

I love potato soup! But I must say Lidna, that I find it totally unfair that I have to make this comment craving your million calorie soup while watching wonderwoman with her 16 inch waist running towards me over and over as I type. Torture, I tell ya, torture.

Now I want me that apron! ;v)

Amy@My Front Porch said...

Oh...I love me some potato soup -- we're having it this Saturday!

Kim said...

I've never met a potato soup I didn't like :-) Will have to try yours next!

I started working on the Random questions. Some answers came quickly and easily; others I'm having to think more about them before I post tomorrow.

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Yay! I'm so glad you're doing Fall Into Flavor again. Mine's up and ready!

And this baked potato soup sounds HEAVENLY! I will be making this SOON.

Happy Fall!

Jewel said...

My recipe is up and I'm workin' on my random 12 for tomorrow!! :-) Yeehaaa!!

Anonymous said...

My recipe is up...it's a PRE-RECIPE recipe...you'll see what I mean.

Anonymous said...

I grabbed your button and linked up a recipe. Hope you don't mind! I love the idea of exchanging recipes. I'm always looking for something new to make.


Faith said...

yummy....this soup recipe looks fantastic...I plan on trying this next week!! thanks for sharing...am working on one of my fave recipes for this time of year right now...actually it's one of my faves all year round...hope that's ok!!

Mama Belle said...

I almost did potato soup. Whew!

I totally forgot to link up this morning. Better late than never, I guess.

Abiding Branch said...

Lid, I hope and pray you did not care that I jumped the gun! I had to I just had to post last week on the Fall Flavor!!!! I apologized too but did it anyway, like a good hubby huh? lol Seriously, I had to post a recipe and I thought I would credit you while I was at it b/c I did not know if you were going to bring it back.

Tootles gotta scootles!

Sarah said...

Sorry, Lid...must say, I Linked up...and well, it auto-linked to a Random Dozen Post...so I tried again and I got it to link to my recipe...sorry 'bout that. :( Anyway...this is soooo fun! :)