Friday, December 16, 2005

Light at the end of the tunnel...

So what did I do all day today? This is a small preview of a couple items that made it into the gifts we are sending out.

We decorated cookies... so many, many cookies... mostly the sugar variety today. I did make a couple more batches of fudge, another candy, and some peppermint kisses also. Look for the full wrap up later in the weekend for everything we made to send out for gifts this year.

Here are a couple pictures of the kisses. * Please Note the correct oven temperature was added in the recipe.

Thankfully, dinner was a breeze tonight. Roasted Potato Soup With Sour Cream and Bacon was quite an interesting way to make soup. After roasting the sliced potatoes in the oven, the baking pan is deglazed with boiling water and then poured over the potatoes. You add 5 more cups of boiling liquid, I used half chicken stock and half water, then you let the potatoes marinate for 1 hour. When the time is up, you simple use an immersion blender to cream the soup. Adding sour cream, crumbled bacon, and fresh thyme takes this comforting soup over the top with flavor. This was such an easy soup for how much flavor it had. I will be making this one again.


  1. That soup sounds so easy -- I assume the potatoes are cooked in a baking pan -- not a jelly roll pan. I would think that would be pretty tricky with the water. Have you ever tried any CL Potato soups?

  2. Adorable cookoies! Lucky friends and family you have to be receiving all the yummy goodies you have been making!

  3. Wow! Can I be your friend and receive some of your cookies? :) j/k
    They look wonderful--your friends and family are certainly lucky!

    I made the soup you posted last week--it just didn't do it for me for some reason. I like the method of roasting the potatoes, but something was missing from the final product. I'll have to play around w/ the recipe.

  4. Your cookies are cute as can be, especially that little snowman And I made that soup too! How can bacon and sour cream ever be bad. Next time I'm going to roast the garlic while the soup is steeping and then blend it in, I think it might add a little something.

  5. Oh so pretty!! Lucky friends and family!! The kisses are especially unusual, you've got a real artist's toch!

  6. Joe, those kisses are gorgeous! I am sure your treats will be much appreciated.

  7. You never cease to amaze, Joe. Both sets of cookies look amazing! I can only imagine the trainwreck that would occur should I attempt the Peppermint Kisses. Question - what sugar cookie recipe do you use? I have yet to find the perfect one.

  8. These are beautiful cookies. I really need to bake some more.

  9. I just love those cookies, Joe. The peppermint kisses are goegeous!

  10. Anon - The potatoes are roasted in just a rimmed baking sheet - I didn't seem to have issues with the water but I can see how it could be tricky trying to pour it into the potato bowl. I have tried some - they are good!

    Michele - Thanks!

    jj - Sure hee hee! I'll be interested to see if you make any changes and how it comes out!

    Mebeth - Thanks! I love the idea of adding roasted garlic...

    AK - Thank you!

    Linda - Thanks, we've been working pretty hard on them the last few days.

    Jen - I love the sugar cookie recipe I use. I've been using the same one for the past couple of years and it always performs well. I will make sure to get it posted this week.

    Heather - Thanks! I'll be checking to see what you are making!

    Nic - Thank you!