236. How to Survive Snomaggedon

Unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere, you’ve probably heard there’s a massive snow storm moving across the country right now.  Word on the street is that Dallas and Chicago are getting hit the hardest.  Lucky me.  They’re predicting somewhere around 18” – 24” of snow, and Chicago Public Schools are closed tomorrow for the first time since 1999.  We’re hardcore in Chicago, but sometimes you just have to give in to mother nature.

So, how do you survive with it’s SnOMGing outside?

You make this super creamy and delicious potato soup, some homemade hot cocoa and cuddle up with your sweeties for an Arrested Development marathon thanks to Netflix.

Loaded Potato Soup
Inspired by Cooking Light


24 oz of red potatoes (about 9 baby reds)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 1/4 c. low sodium vegetable broth
3 T all purpose flour
2 c whole milk
1/3 c reduced fat sour cream
3 slices bacon
1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Do It!

  1. Pierce potatoes with a fork.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes or until tender.
  2. Fry up bacon and crumble.  Pour a small amount of grease into a stock pot.
  3. Sautee onion in bacon grease.  Add vegetable broth.
  4. Combine flour with 1/2 c milk.  Add to pan with 1 1/2 c milk.  Bring to a boil and stir often.
  5. Quarter potatoes, add, and blend with an immersion blender.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream, cheese, bacon, and salt and pepper.
  7. Top with green onion
  8. This soup was amazing.  It is so thick and creamy.  I would actually recommend making this with a low fat milk.  I just happened to have whole milk in the fridge.  This soup with still be plenty creamy even with a thinner milk.

Salted Dark Chocolate Hot Chocolate


2 c milk
1/2 c cocoa powder
1/4 c sugar
2 oz dark chocolate
2 t sea salt

Do It!

  1. In saucepan whisk together milk and sugar.  Cook over medium-low until milk starts to bubble.
  2. Reduce heat and stir in cocoa powder until completely dissolved.
  3. Add dark chocolate and sea salt.
  4. Stir until dark chocolate melts completely.
  5. Serve with whipped cream.

Do you have a snow day tomorrow?  If so, what are you planning to do?  Is anyone not getting slammed with snow?

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