Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My Most Embarrassing Recipe

I'm cooking with a lot of potatoes and onions at our house this week because we seem to have acquired  an excess of them.  I forgot I had onions and bought more, then, when I opened up my "new" bag of potatoes I found they were past the peak of freshness. Waaaay past, not even in the review mirror.  In fact, I swear, one of them had varicose veins!  Varicose veins don’t look any better on a potato than they do on me.

 So yesterday I made soup with beef soup with potatoes and onions and veggies and gave most of it away. (BTW, I want you to know that I did NOT use the potato with bad veins in the soup I made for someone else.   I have my standards.) 

Today I’m making “Simple Cheese Soup” which also uses potatoes and onions, and is generally pretty yummy and one of my dear hubby’s favorites.

There are, however, a couple of problems with my “Simple Cheese Soup.” I’m very sorry to have to tell you this, but it addition to potatoes and onions, it uses Campbell’s Cream of Chicken soup—TWO cans!  Oh, the shame! 

That is not the worst of it.  It also uses... (dare I confess it?)... VELVEETA. “Cheese product.”  Or as it’s know in the homes of my children “The Yellow Menace.”

 Even now it sits on my kitchen table in its innocuous yellow box, just waiting to clog my arteries, destroy my intestines and generally wreak havoc on my entire system.  I suppose between the sodium in the cream of chicken soup and the Velveeta I may swell up after dinner like a Thanksgiving Parade balloon!

 Yet, use it I will, because that’s what makes my Simple Cheese Soup simple.  Or maybe “Simple” refers to the cook.  I'm hoping there is some redemption in the fact that I add massive amounts of veggies to the soup.  That will remove all the bad stuff, right?

(Just added the cream of chicken soup—all that creaminess and salt in just one easy ingredient, although it did make a rather rude noise plooping, I mean plopping, out of the can.  Mmm—mmm good, as those fat little Campbell's kids used to say.)

 Now that I have embarrassed my family and myself by admitting to the use of not ONE, but TWO horrible, un-foodie, un-healthy (but tasty) ingredients in my dinner tonight I leave you with the ultimate insult—the recipe.  If you think you’re woman/man enough to bear the ridicule, go ahead and give it a try.

 If not, that’s okay. Don’t forget to wave at me as I float by, blimpy, but happy.


Dissolve 4 chicken bouillon cubes in 4 cups boiling water.


1 C. chopped onion

4 C. potatoes, cut up

20 oz. pkg. frozen mixed vegetables*

Reduce heat and cook about 15 minutes ('til potatoes are done).


2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 lb. Velveeta, cubed

Stir over low heat until cheese is melted.

See, I told you it was easy.  Anything that you can cook while writing a blog post is okay by me.


  1. I will let you get away with all of that EXCEPT the lie that it is "tasty". Even as a kid I knew better than to eat that stuff!!

  2. I still use Velveeta cheese and campbell's cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup when I cook. So this recipe sounds good to me. We eat a lot of soup in our home. I love cheese soup. Hey kid's don't know what is good anyway. Kid's today are so afraid of everything that taste good. It's a wonder they are even surviving and I am speaking from experience with my three and now my grandson as well.