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PostSubject: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Tue Dec 30, 2008 3:36 pm

Every year, I gain more material for humorous writing. This year has been no exception.

I prepared a HUGE (and I mean huge) pot of cheddar potato soup to take to a family gathering on Christmas Eve. All day, I worried about how I could prevent spilling it on the way to the event.

I did it all. Used a crock pot with a secure lid. Put the whole shebang down in a cardboard box just in case it did manage to lap over a bit.

I was fully dressed, decked out in a festive outfit (down to the socks). As I lifted the box into the back hatch of my small SUV, the crock tipped toward me, spilling soup all down my sweater, pants, and onto my shoes. It dripped into the carpet lining the back, down the back hatch inside and out, and just EVERYWHERE. There was, however, sufficient soup left to carry to the party. Because of the lid, nothing spoiled the rest.

It took me nearly an hour to clean myself and my car enough to carry forth. As I prepared to leave the house again, I couldn't find my keys. Looked everywhere! Remembered to check the pocket of the soup-drenched jeans. Ah! When I pulled the keys out--you got it--soup and chunks of potatoes came along. Had to wash the keys before I left.

Today, I finally had time and dry weather--I shampooed the inside of the car then washed the outside. I found dried soup everywhere.

Am I a lucky gal? Yes. It could've been chili! Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:01 pm


Next time, Rhett, allow the soup to cool, pour into empty two or three gallon water bottles with screw on tops. Oh, and you will need one of these:


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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:59 pm

Ah Rhett, for me I would have been worried about the soup splitting - that horrible moment when the fat separates from the protein -- also a disaster though far less messy.
I bet your soup was a great success--and I suppose that your car was happy for a little 'poo too!

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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Tue Dec 30, 2008 5:29 pm

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Am I a lucky gal? Yes. It could've been chili! Rolling Eyes

Oh, dear!

I'm taking a crockpot of chili affraid to my daughter's house on Thursday.

Shelagh, what is it that I will also need? confused

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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Tue Dec 30, 2008 5:30 pm

Ann - Duct tape, to hold the lid on tight! Here's hoping it's a really thick chilli!
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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Tue Dec 30, 2008 5:44 pm

Now see, when a GUY wants to soup up his car....
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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Tue Dec 30, 2008 5:52 pm

I'm still trying to visualize pouring cold potato soup into a water bottle... and the ensuing mess that would make.

You see, the suthun potato soup I'm used to has BIG chunks of potato in
it - not to mention how thick it gets when it gets cold.

I'd go with the crock pot and duct tape.
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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Tue Dec 30, 2008 6:47 pm

Oh, how I love my plastic cannisters with the snap on lids! One can always take the cooking vessel along. Washed, of course!
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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:30 pm

For me, potato soup is right up there with broccoli, asparagus, baked possum and assorted lawn greens as things not to eat. The way I see it, the safest thing to carry to a party is frozen peas. There’s nothing that will get a party going like a good frozen pea, resting on a cheese-it cracker and smothered in Tabasco. The beauty of preparing this dish is the small amount of time it requires, and also if you will closely monitor the guests so that they only take two peas each, one 16 oz. can goes a very long way. I’ve found it’s best not to freeze the peas in the can, as they stick to the sides and sometimes won’t pour out until they are at least partially thawed, which defeats the purpose of freezing them in the first place. Transporting frozen peas is very easy, but if you do spill them on your pants, your shirt, or your face, do not, I repeat, do not use an ice pick to remove them. My great aunt, Meander Smith, whilst taking a quart of frozen peas to a neighborhood Christmas shindig, spilled a few of them on her face. It was a warm night, her face was quite sweaty, the peas stuck, and before she could stop him, her husband, uncle Samuel Thrombone Smith, began to chip them off with his trusty ice pick. Of course, being the klutz that he is, he missed the peas, stabbed her in the left eye, and she just naturally beat the tar out of Uncle Sam. The neighbors saw the whole thing, and from then on the neighborhood kids called her Aunt One Eyed Meanie. So, even though I might take frozen peas to a party, I would never allow anyone to go with me until I checked them for concealed ice picks. You can never be too careful, with either hot potato soup or frozen peas.
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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:12 pm

Very funny Don. I now have greater respect for a pea and the ice pick. I would further suggest a bit of caution to differentiate between the pea and the pee when using the ice pick.
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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:35 pm

All this from potato soup? Forget the peas--don't care for them!!
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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:41 pm

Give peas a chance. That's all I'm saying.
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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:44 am

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Shelagh, what is it that I will also need? confused

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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:03 am

Rhett, no matter how you fix it or what you do with it, potato soup is always a disaster.
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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:15 am

There speaks a famished Irishman.

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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:25 am

Good potato soup that has been lovingly prepared is a joy. I like mine with lots of bacon in it. In fact, good clam chowder is like potato soup. Only, with lots of clams to go along with the spuds!
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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:38 am

I love clam chowder!!

I spilled chilly in a crock pot in my car about three years ago before moving to Utah. Cleaning it took days. I finally got it out, but man what a pain it was.

I like the duct tape idea, or you can put in in a Tupperware container for transport. I wish I would have thought of either one of those solutions.

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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Thu Jan 01, 2009 7:26 am

DUCT TAPE!!! Why oh why didn't I think of that?

You people are amazing...

My potato soup is one that has won our family Christmas Eve soup competition for several years running.

We no longer compete--used to, years back--but, we still enjoy the soup.

It has large chunks of potatoes, so the bottle might not work. I will not take it in a crock pot again. Lesson learned.

Still, without this, I wouldn't have a funny story to share.
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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:02 pm

zadaconnaway wrote:
Good potato soup that has been lovingly prepared is a joy. I like mine with lots of bacon in it. In fact, good clam chowder is like potato soup. Only, with lots of clams to go along with the spuds!

Mmmm! Love clam chow-dah! (Got to say it right.)
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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:07 pm

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DUCT TAPE!!! Why oh why didn't I think of that? ....

Yeah, I LOVE duct tape great stuff.

Another solution ... next time have the event at your place???

Great story ... had to share it with Abel.
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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Thu Jan 01, 2009 10:53 pm

I fixed a big pot of seafood chowder to take to my son's, and it's a lot like potato soup, only with big chunks of crab, cod, shrimp, clams, and scallops. Delicious with a hunk of crusty bread. Thank heavens it didn't spill. I would've cried.
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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:43 am

Puh-leez! Some of us have delicate stomachs and this thread is turning us off food completely.
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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:43 am

As I reported on another thread, the chili made it safely to my daughter's house yesterday. I wrapped the liner in two layers of foil, put it back in the pot, and put the pot in a cardboard box with lots of padding.

Thanks, Rhett, for the thread. I was much more cautious than I would have been.

The chili was a success with the family. It wasn't an old family recipe, but one I googled a couple of days ago. If you enjoy, or follow, southwestern cooking, you may know that the latest "in" chili pepper is the ancho - a dried poblano that has been around forever. It's the chili used in traditional red enchilada sauce. Right now, it's being used in updated beef chili recipes. Rachal Ray, for instance, put one on her website recently. My daughter had tried a bowl at a local restaurant and liked it so much she requested it for her birthday dinner. The one I chose was from an unlikely source - the Coca-Cola Company, and yes, it does contain a cup of Coke. Apparently thet's the "secret ingredient," because she said it tasted exactly like the one at the restaurant.

http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/heritage/pdf/RECIPE_anchochilli.pdf

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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:35 pm

Brenda Hill wrote:
I fixed a big pot of seafood chowder to take to my son's, and it's a lot like potato soup, only with big chunks of crab, cod, shrimp, clams, and scallops. Delicious with a hunk of crusty bread. Thank heavens it didn't spill. I would've cried.

I know where I'm headed then Brenda - I love seafood chowder. Around here instead of crab and cod it is usually made with lobster, haddock, shrimp, clams and scallops. Marvellous stuff, espcially with some freshly gound black pepper right before I eat it. Jeez, I am starving. Better get to bed before I eat everything around.

Dick I don' know what you're complaining about...there're no green trees in any of this. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: It all started with the potato soup disaster...   Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:33 pm

OMG, Pam, I don't think I've ever been fortuntate enough to have lobster in chowder. I think I'll move to your part of the country!
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