November 10, 2011

The Case of the Mysterious French Fry

Today, I have a story to tell you about a stupid criminal hubby.  Sit back and enjoy the read!

It all started around mid-afternoon when this girl - played by moi, decided that she had better whip up some dinner.  She had to teach yoga that evening and Luke (Natalie was home sick) had piano lessons so it had to be something that her hubby could easily heat up (he's kitchen inept - or so he claims) for everyone when they arrived back home from piano lessons.  

She searched her freezer(s) and fridge high and low for any form of meat that would feed a family of four.  Alas, all she came up with was a package of bacon.  Her search went to her pantry and she came out with a bag of potatoes.  Hmmm, what ever could this girl create with potatoes and bacon for the helpless kitchen inept?  Think girl, think!  That's when the light bulb went on!  Baked Potato soup.  You have just experienced my geniusness in action!

This girl slaved over the stove for hours (I may be exaggerating) whipping up this gorgeous Baked Potato Soup.  She played the situation in her head.

"I arrive home from yoga and the family is waiting for me on the couch.  As soon as I walk in the family bursts out into cheers and they run over to me and lift me up on their shoulders and jaunt around the house with me.  They gently lower me down and get down on to their knees and kiss my feet and thank me and praise me for the delicious meal I provided for them while I was away.  They present me with a trophy that has a gold plaque that reads - Best Mom in the Whole World!"

That's not the way the story went though.  She arrived home and nobody was around.  Hmmm, maybe they are downstairs.  She walks downstairs and they are in the office playing computer games.  They don't even bother to turn around to look at the girl, "Hey guys, did you like the soup?" she asks.  The hubby replies, "Yes, you are such a good cook!  I put everything away in the fridge." (proof he's not entirely kitchen inept).  Hmmm, that was a weird reply.  "Why did you say that?"  the girl asks.  No reply - blank stare at the computer screen from both boys.  Suspicious behavior,  noted.  

She moseys upstairs and heads over to the fridge to make herself a glass of water.  She steps on something small but noticeable.  Hmmm, what's this?  She asks herself.  She bends over and picks up the foreign object and begins to examine it.  It's about 1-inch in length and it resembles a McDonalds french fry.  "Where did this come from?" the girl asks herself.  "We didn't have McDonalds today and the house was just vacuumed." - yes the girl often talks to herself.  She looks in the trash can, nothing.  She looks over at her daughter who is engrossed in her TV show and asks her if the boys ate the soup when they arrived home.  She doesn't know.  The girl finds her way downstairs again and confronts the boys.  "So, how was the soup?  Did you like it?  Did you put the bacon and cheese on top?" she asks.  "Oh yes, it was so good.  We piled the bacon and cheese all over it.".  Uh huh.  "Can someone please tell me why I just stepped on a McDonalds french fry upstairs?"  Looks of terror wash over the boy's faces.  The girl has their attention now!  Giggles ensue and their faces turn the shade of ketchup (that they probably dipped their fry in).  "What!  What are you talking about?  It was Luke's fault.  He wanted McDonalds and I wasn't going to argue with him."  "What!  That's not true, daddy!"  Hysterical laughter continues.  The girl isn't laughing.   They went to great lengths to hide their insolent behavior.  They ate in the car so Natalie wouldn't see them.  They disposed their evidence in the outdoor trash can.  But somehow, someway this lone french fry found it's way in to the house and on to my kitchen floor.


Baked Potato Soup
Yield: 8 servings

  • 8 slices Bacon
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 (14.5-ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 5 potatoes, baked, peeled, and diced
  • 1 t. dried parsley flakes
  • 2 cups fat-free half & half
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup low-fat sour cream
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Garnish: 
  • 1 T. 2% shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 T.  low-fat sour cream
  • 1 T. chives
  1. In a Dutch oven cook bacon until crisp, remove and crumble, reserving drippings.
  2. Saute onion in bacon drippings until tender.
  3. Stir in flour and cook for one minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Slowly add chicken broth; cook, stirring constantly until thick and bubbly.
  5. Add potatoes, parsley and half & half; cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in cheese and sour cream. Garnish with cheese, bacon, chives and sour cream. 
Adapted from Paula Deen - at Group Recipes

Servings: 1 bowl
Calories:  350
Total Fat:  15.0 g
Cholesterol:  36 mg.
Sodium:  884 mg.
Protein:  13.4 g.


  1. I am so excited that you made this!  I am looking forward to your post!  Glad you liked it :)

  2. That's what had me laughing so hard about the whole situation!  Silly boys.  Will they ever learn?

  3. I know!  It cracks me up that the lone fry was their give away.  Not only that but the fact they ate in the car before they came in and still the fry traveled inside with them and gave them away!  LOL!  Don't get me started on the Steak 'n Shake!  My son is always craving it and then we all start to feel the crave.  Yum!

  4. I'm going to have to agree with you.  Sometimes you just get that craving that won't go away!  I like your evil laugh, it's a lot of like mine only mine starts with an M.

  5. Btw, i would never have mcdonald's instead of this beautiful yummy soup!!

  6. That's why I wasn't too upset :)  All the more for me!  I just buy my hubby Tostino's frozen pizzas when I leave for out of town.  Oh, and I have to bake him chocolate chip cookies.  Then he's good to go!

  7. Sometimes even with the best home cooked meals fast food wins.  The soup looks amazing.  I need to pick up some sour cream and half and half.  Then this soup is mine....  Baaawaaaahaaaaa  (That was my dorky evil laugh).

  8. Becky10.2.12

    I would much rather have this yummy soup than Mc Donald's any day.  And to think that they could get away with it, is even funnier. 

    Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day.  Hope to see you back soon.

  9. Criminal indeed:)I would rather have your delicious soup than MC any time;)

  10. This looks awesome, Dee. I'm currently wishing that Donna lived closer to a few blocks from me and not a few miles. I would be knocking on her door tonight! I adore baked potato soup.

  11. Ok, soup made and conquered!  Sooooo sooooo soooo good!!!! Thanks for sharing, I will be posting in the next week or so and will link back to you.

  12. misbah mirza10.2.12

    lol So busted :)

  13. Great story! I'd MUCH rather have your delicious soup than Mickey D's.  Too funny about how you discovered their secret via one lone fry.  It's my hubby who's always offering to take the kids to Steak 'n Shake for lunch...when I know he's the one craving the shake.

  14. I just couldn't stop laughing! BUSTED!

  15. Ha Haaa, don't men and children ever learn that nothing ever gets by us??? :) That potato soup looks so good! I could go for some right now.  

  16. Hah!! I say let them eat their fries ! So you have this baby all by yourself! It would bother me a lot too after you think about feeding them something healthy, they dont even pay attention to what is in the fridge. I used to cook up a storm when I was leaving for business trips, not anymore. Fast food seems to win over my homecooked meals when I am away.


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