Potato Soup

This is a really simple to make soup that will really hit the spot no matter the weather.


1 24-ounce bag of frozen hash browns
42 ounces of chicken broth
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 8 ounce package of cream cheese, room temperature

Put the hash browns, broth, and cream of chicken soup into your crock pot. Let it get hot and cook for about an hour. Use an immersion blender to break everything down into a smooth mixture. Then add the cream cheese and blend again.

Serve and enjoy!


Jambalaya is a dish that originated in the Caribbean region of the world. Wikipedia has an excellent entry on it, so go read that after you get yours cooking.

Like any dish I make, there are many opportunities for improvisation. Don’t be afraid to do so, this is a dish that is difficult to screw up. This particular recipe is a red jambalaya, as it contains tomatoes.

The Basics
12 ouces boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
2 green peppers, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 14.5 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
1/3 cup tomato paste
1 24 ounce can beef broth
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound shelled shrimp
3 cups cooked rice

Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes. Add all ingredients to crock pot except shrimp and rice. Cover and cook for 8-10 hours. 4 to 5 hours if cooking on high. Add shrimp to mixture in the last 15-30 minutes of cooking. Serve over rice.
6 servings

Some variants you might try:
Pork instead of chicken
Adding some andouille sausage
The Wikipedia article referenced above has some excellent suggestions as well


The Chicken

Pepper, celery, & onion.

Pepper, celery, & onion.




The Spices

The chicken and raw vegeables