You know how I always say that dessert is the best part of any meal?
Oh, contraire mon fraire (spelled phonetically because I don't know French...)
At least this time. So sorry to subject you all to this. So very sorry, but here it is. The worst dessert... I won't say EVER, because there have been some bad ones around here... but at least IN A WHILE.
FIRST, though, here's the yummy meal - which I've made before and still love. Oh, deliciousness. Thank goodness it appeared in some form for this meal. Remember the baked potato soup I gave you a heads up on here? Well, here it is again. In full.
Baked Potato Soup
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 scallions, sliced thin (The white part will go into the soup, and the green part will be garnish.)
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour, fine sifted such as Wondra or Pillsbury’s Shake and Blend
6 cups whole milk
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 or 5 grinds fresh black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup real bacon bits (about 3 or 4 pieces of cooked bacon)
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (use a brick of cheese and shred it)
8 ounces sour cream
scallions, green parts
shredded cheddar cheese
Thank you, Andrea Meyers, Making Life Delicious. You'll want to check out her post for variations on this recipe... ones I may try next time.
For the record, I did not use bacon bits, because frankly, I don't really like them. Give me some genuine pig and I'm happy. So I cooked up some real bacon (in a pan, not the microwave) and just chopped it up small. I have used regular baking potatoes before instead of yukon gold and it tastes just as yummy. I swear.
I know I've been sharing a lot of soup and stew lately, but it's winter. And, did I mention winter finally arrived? After all that complaining and wondering what in heaven's name was wrong with this state's weather (I mean, 60 degrees and no snow in January??? Come on!) I had little reason for concern. It's been around 2 degrees for many, many days now. Soup just hits the spot.
Now, I've made a vow to show you the good, the bad and the ugly on this here blog (a fact that I'm sure gives you lots of laughs) and it has, unfortunately, come to that time to introduce you to:
Aren't you glad I did the research for you so you can make your meal (and more important, your DESSERT) tres magnifique?