I am rounding out my Soups & Stews recipes with a variation on the classic tomato soup. By adding a few simple ingredients, this becomes an Italian take on the original. Also, this easy tomato based soup can be converted to a vegetarian version by simply replacing the chicken broth with a vegetable broth. For vegan, try substituting rice pasta shells.
Since returning from not-s0-chilly Boston in January, I've had just a couple of things to finish up before feeling like I've actually finished up with the Sibert Committee. My house was still cluttered with hundreds of books that needed to be dealt with, for one thing. And I had a request from the Cincinnati chapter of SCBWI to talk at one of their meetings about the award.
When I asked my baking buddy Donna over to make pizzelle, our intention was not to make cookies for Valentine's Day. It was mostly to experiment with the new Pizzelle Maker I had wanted for years and finally ended up purchasing for myself since, you know, my Christmas Wish List failed to come through for me. I bought a CucinaPro Piccolo Pizzelle Baker which makes (4) 3-1/4" pizzelle at a time.
Here's the second version of a potato soup, as promised. This one is easier to make than the one given in week 6. It's also a crock pot recipe, but the ingredients are already prepared with the exception of the bacon which needs to be cooked (although I'm sure you could use Bacon Bits as an alternative if you don't want to do that, or leave them out completely.) Just dump everything into the crock pot and let it go. Super easy and super delicious!
Here is one version of a crock pot recipe for a potato soup from Family Circle magazine. Next week I will post another potato soup recipe using completely different ingredients. Both are good.
This first version is very creamy and is especially good leftover. There is no meat or chicken stock used in this recipe, so it is good for vegetarians. It does require a bit of prep work, though. If you consider cutting potatoes, onions, and broccoli too much work you might prefer next week's version instead.
I am a writer of Children's and Young Adult books. I received my MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, and am an active member of SCBWI. I also have my MLS in Library Science with an emphasis on children and happily worked as a Children's Librarian for nearly 20 years. One of my favorite activities was reading books aloud to kids, especially to school-aged kids. Like the kids, I enjoy having stories read to me, so I listen to many of my books on audio and serve on audio judging committees.
Another favorite activity is creating fun snacks for library programs, friends, and family. I do that a lot and continually search for more ideas.
I have a tiny brown tabby cat named Gypsy, who originally belonged to my brother and sister-in-law, a very large Russian Blue mix named Bosley from the shelter who has quickly made himself at home, and a new puppy named Prince Albert. He's a Cavapoo, which means he's part Cavalier King Charles and part poodle, and adorable. I am married and live in Dayton, Ohio with my husband Rod.
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