Awesome in November

Awesome in November

Awesome in November

Insert the usual astonishment here. How are we at the end of November already? Time is just so weird.

November was a big month. We made a trip to Washington state for my great grandmother’s 100th birthday party. I also got to take my baby to tour a university in the area. We had a blast together, but I don’t know how we got this old. We also ate a ton of greasy American food that we can’t get in Scotland. It was very indulgent. 

On the plane, I finally got a chance to watch The Big Sick. It was absolutely perfect. Such a simple and simultaneously unusual story that was deeply affecting. Luckily we were on a relatively empty flight, so no one was sitting next to me as I laughed, cried, and gasped in astonishment. If you haven’t seen this yet, you absolutely must. It’s genius.

The internet is absolutely jam packed with delicious holiday food right now. I’m hoping to try these Easy Flaky Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls because they look like a buttery bread pillow, and I want to eat ten million of them.

I’m feeling this Cheesy Herb Baked Mashed Potato Gratin because there should be a potato recipe for every day. 

This Pumpkin Buttercream Swiss Roll would be a real show stopper on your holiday table. I think we all need a bit of that in our lives right now.

Peanut Butter Fudge from Awesome on 20

You’re in full on holiday mode. Your favorite recipes this month were Peanut Butter Fudge, Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, and Classic Peanut Butter Cookies. Sounds like a fantastic party. 

December is obviously the best month of the year. Let’s make it extra awesome.

18 Awesome Ways to Eat Potatoes

18 Awesome Ways to Eat Potatoes

18 Awesome Ways to Eat Potatoes

It might be National Potato Day, but even if the internet is lying to me, I want to give you any excuse to eat potatoes. I know we’re not supposed to be eating carbs or whatever, but I super don’t care about that. Potatoes are s versatile and so delicious. Oh, and so cheap. So here are 18 different recipes that will bring potatoes into your life in a most delicious way.

This Cheesy Potato Soup is absolutely unbelievable.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad is going to be your new go to pot luck recipe. 

Spicy Potato Cakes are a genius way to use up leftover mashed potatoes the next morning.

Breakfast Nachos are a solid way to start your day.

Put your entire meal in some tasty pastry with Cornish Pasties

Spanish Chicken and Chorizo Bake is a simple and awesome week night meal.

Potatoes are loved around the world. Try this Potato and Spinach Curry fr a whole new flavor profile.

This Breakfast Burger has everything, including a crispy hash brown.

Dill Potato Salad is the perfect side dish on a hot summer day. 

Twice Baked Potatoes are a meal unto themselves.

Rosemary Potato Rolls always make it onto my Thanksgiving table.

The potatoes might be my favorite part of Sky High Breakfast Pizza.

Ridiculously Awesome Mashed Potatoes appear with my dinner on a regular basis. 

Indian Spiced Pea and Potato Wraps are like an Indian burrito for potato lovers.

Ham and Potato Soup is just what you need on a cold winter night.

Chicken Corn Chowder has all the flavor.

Chili with Gnocchi makes a pot of chili extra awesome by adding soft potato dumplings. 

If you want roasted potatoes with your meal, but you also want to eat right now, Parmesan Fried Gnocchi will make all your dreams come true.

Morning, noon, or night, I’m never saying no to a potato.

Cheesy Potato Soup | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cheesy Potato Soup

Cheesy Potato Soup | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

The first time I made this soup, I was extremely skeptical throughout the entire process. I don’t know quite what it was, but I just didn’t have confidence that it would turn out right. I was apologizing before I served it just in case.

See, people who don’t cook much think that anyone who can cook can automatically make perfect food all the time? Friends assume I would be amazing on Bake Off or Master Chef. They have no idea how hard that type of cooking and baking actually is. They also have no idea how many times my kitchen experiments fail.

This soup, though, is decidedly not a failure. It might even be a kitchen triumph. This Cheesy Potato Soup is stupid awesome. Like swoon-worthy. It’s quite rich, so only give yourself a small bowl. You’ve got to plan ahead for this because once you start eating it, you won’t want to stop. 

Cheesy Potato Soup | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Usually I try to trust my instincts in the kitchen, but they were way off base here. This soup is where it’s at, kids. You absolutely must try it.

Cheesy Potato Soup
Serves 4
Cheesy Potato Soup is rich, cheesy, and impossible to stop eating.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 ounces smoked streaky bacon
  2. 1/2 onion, peeled
  3. 1 stalk of celery
  4. 1 clove of garlic, peeled
  5. 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  6. 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  7. 1-1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  8. 1 teaspoon paprika
  9. 1-1/2 cups chicken stock
  10. 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  11. 1-1/2 teaspoons hot sauce
  12. 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
  13. 1/2 cup milk
  14. 1/2 cup cream (or replace milk and cream with one cup half and half if you can get it)
  15. Salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste (I didn't need to add any extra salt, so definitely actually taste it)
  16. 1 green onion, chopped
Instructions
  1. Put a soup pt over medium heat, and scissor your bacon into it. Cook until your bacon pieces are crispy, then remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. If your bacon has given up quite a lot of fat, you may want to spoon some out until you have only a couple of tablespoons left in your pot.
  2. While your bacon is cooking, roughly chop your onion and celery so that they'll fit into your food processor. Toss in the garlic clove and pulse until you have itty bitty bits of vegetables. Once your bacon is out of the pot, add about a cup of your blitzed vegetables into the hot pot. Give them a good stir and cook until they're softened, about five minutes.
  3. Sprinkle the flour over your vegetable mixture, and give it a good stir. Let it cook for a minute or two to get rid of the raw flour flavor.
  4. Next add your potatoes, mustard powder, and paprika. Stir to make sure everything is combined and your potatoes are coated in the spices.
  5. Add the chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce to the pot. Your potatoes will be just barely covered. Bring this up to a bubble, then lower your heat to low, put the lid on your pot with just a crack to let some of the steam escape, and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.
  6. Once your potatoes are soft, give them a quick mash. I like this soup with a bit of texture. The more mashing you do, the smoother it will be, obviously.
  7. Stir in the cheese, milk, and cream and let it cook while stirring for a minute or two until the cheese is melted.
  8. Remove the pot from the heat, taste for seasoning, and add some pepper and cayenne, as well as salt if you think you need it.
  9. Add your soup to the bowl, then sprinkle on some of the crispy bacon, and scissor some green onion over the top. Try not to eat the whole pot by yourself.
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