Monday, March 1, 2010

Sunday Soup

We had an exciting day yesterday. We were awakened at 6:00 AM by warning sirens sounding warning us that a tsunami was on the way. It was a beautiful Hawaiian day. The sun was shining and it wasn't terribly warm. However, because of this warning, most businesses were closed and all of the coastal areas of the island were closed off. It was a lazy day and I got almost nothing accomplished. (Tsunami was a dud, thankfully)
Sunday comes with rain and a chill in the air. I hit the commissary early, did most of the laundry (except linens which always get done on Monday), and made a pot of Paula Deen's Potato and Ham Soup. I even went to the gym today (another story for another day on my struggle with my weight)
The soup was delicious and just what was needed on a damp and chilly Hawaiian day. (ok, so it was high 60's, clouds and rain, I may not survive in Rhode Island!)

The Lady & Sons, Too! Potato and Ham Soup
5 lbs baking potaotes, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 thick slide of cooked ham, cut into small pieces (not country ham, which is too salty)
1/2 Cup (1 stick) butter
Salt and Pepper
1 Cup half and half
1/2 Cup sour cream

Place the potaotes in a large pot and add enough water to just cover the potatoes (too much water will make the soup too thin). Cover and bring to a boil, then uncover and cook over medium-high heat for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat and add the ham and butter. Season wtih salt and pepper to taste. Over low heat, add the half and half and sour cream; keep warm over low heat until serving time.

I didn't get a photo of the soup but it was incredibly satisfying on my "cold" day!

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