Smokin’

May 9, 2011

More stores! More STUFF! We should be smokin’ we’re been moving so fast from one store to the next.

Owning a business means you have to have two of everything: one at home, one at work. I hated that I had to buy a stapler, hole punch, clocks, shelves – I already have this stuff! I hate stuff. But we need it, and there’s no escaping that.

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Our car was filled to the brim.

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Tomorrow is MOVING DAY!! Since we signed our lease in November and construction began in February, I’ve been longing for the day when we get to MOVE IN to the bakery!! Decorate, put stuff away, call the space our own.

Today the floors were sealed and waxed.

Which means tomorrow we can move in!

After we wrapped up shopping, Matt dropped me off so I could start dinner while he went to the bakery to unload.

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I got my soup on –

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And made Baked Potato Soup

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A simple recipe that produces a hearty baked potato in a bowl

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Baked Potato Soup

Serves 3-4

Ingredients

  • 2 thick slices of local bacon
  • 2 big russet potatoes, chopped into cubes
  • 1 shot glass cream sherry
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Brown bacon in a big pot. Remove.
  • Add potatoes, and sauté until they begin to soften, about 7 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, whisk flour into milk

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  • Add milk mixture to pot along with broth, salt, and paprika.
  • Simmer, covered, stirring occasionally so bottom does not brown.
  • Serve in bowls topped with bacon, cheese and a sprinkle more paprika

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On the side we had spinach salads with cranberries and almonds – just for a bit of nutrition!

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And a wee bit of Smoked Brown Ale – to compliment the flavors!

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No matter how busy you get, make time for dinner.

[At least every now and then! Tomorrow, I think we’re going out! ]

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After dinner, Matt worked and I went on a walk to listen to my audio book.

When I returned, Faith + Tate were here!! They came over to say hello. We miss them so much!

I’m a bit hungry after my walk, so I might have a little bowl of something to tide me till breakfast. Tomorrow’s going to be long!

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1 r8chel May 9, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I don’t think I realized that you’ve been allowed to work on the space, but not actually occupy the space. Have fun tomorrow!

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2 Lauren May 9, 2011 at 8:38 pm

So exciting that you get to move into the bakery tomorrow! That soup looks amazing, I’m putting a tab in this one!

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3 Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm

You guys definitely made some progress with all the goods you bought today! Have fun with everything tomorrow :)

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4 Brittany @ Eating Bird Food May 9, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Potato soup is one my favorite soups ever! This recipe looks fantastic.

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5 Courtney May 9, 2011 at 8:42 pm

That smoky ale looks and SOUNDS sooooo good! Send some to Texas? :)

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6 Destini May 9, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I love that you guys eat outside almost every night! I wish I could do that!!! Congrats on ur bakery!! It is for sure coming along :)

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7 Kat @ Cupcake Kat May 9, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Looks like a great dinner after a busy day

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8 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 9, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Kath have no idea how you are finding time to run 17 errands per day, open the bakery, cook original meals from scratch, BLOG about it all 3x a day. you are superwoman!!!!!!!!

Congrats, majorly, on all your successes and being able to move in!!!

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9 KathEats May 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm
10 Dmarie May 9, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I’m a huge fan of potato soup and yours looks absolutely yummy! will definitely need to remember your use of sherry and smoked paprika. genius!

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11 Abby May 9, 2011 at 8:51 pm

You and Matt look like such a great team! :)

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12 Baking 'n' Books May 9, 2011 at 8:52 pm

WHOA! That’s a soup – potatoes and bacon. Now it just needs cheese :)

Do you eat dinner early?

I need that spoon in my life!

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13 Amanda (Eating Up) May 9, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I can’t believe moving day is finally here, but I bet you can! I’m so excited for you guys to open, and I am also excited for GH Kirkwood to open at the end of the month! :-)

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14 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 9, 2011 at 8:55 pm

YAH! You get to move in tomorrow! Love the idea of soups and salads after a loooonnnggg day :)

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15 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 9, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Dinner looks delicious! I hear ya on the stuff. You have to have it for personal and business! Sounds like things are coming together. I know you’re excited about moving in tomorrow! Sleep well Kath!

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16 Molly May 9, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I want a big bowl of this on a wintery night when it’s so cold and snowy that I’m house bound. I’m also picturing me wearing a big sweat shirt, wool socks, and covered in a blanket while eating. I’m set to take on blizzard 2012 (maybe not if it’s a blizzard that is what ends the world in 2012).

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17 staceyhealthylife May 9, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I agree it’s important to make time for a good healthy dinner. Looks perfect.

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18 lynn @ the actor's diet May 9, 2011 at 9:02 pm

i have always wanted to make a soup like that. comfort on comfort

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19 Maria May 9, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Ah, first-world problems.

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20 Noelle Loves Oatmeal and Apples May 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Every place I go here in Boston that has more than a dozen taps I ask if they have Moose Drool. Nobody seems to have it :( Not sure if it travels this far East. If you guys are ever back in Boston.. check out Meadhall … a WONDERFUL bar with over 100 taps that will keep you and your man very satisfied!

Oh, and the choice of the old-school oscar the grouch trashcan is perfect!

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21 Lu @ A Mix of it All May 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I’d leave a longer comment, but I had to go make that soup.

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22 Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic May 9, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Wow! Looks so exciting. And your soup looks amazing. I can’t believe you found the time to cook from scratch. I do love how you didn’t peel the potatoes – that’s always what takes me so long. I honestly never thought of just leaving the peel on!

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23 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 9, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Yikes — I’m surprised you were able to get all of that stuff + garbage can in your car!

I love baked potato soup — the bacon on top is the best part!

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24 AShley May 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Errands are SO tiring!!! Your bowl of soup looks insanely delicious. Keep it up!!!! SO close!

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25 Courtney @ the granola chronicles May 9, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I admire you for making time for a homemade dinner. Although you’re super busy, I bet you enjoyed being able to sit down and eat! :)

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26 M May 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I laughed out loud at, “I hate stuff!” :)

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27 Vanessa May 9, 2011 at 10:03 pm

You are superwoman! It’s the home stretch now! I think it would be sort of fun to organize and decorate the place, but tiring. I’m contemplating making an impromptu trip to C’ville for two days. Too bad it’s not a few weeks later so I could visit the bakery in action!!!

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28 Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit May 9, 2011 at 10:06 pm

congratulations on getting all of your errands done today!

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29 Alaina May 9, 2011 at 10:21 pm

That’s so exciting that you’ll be moving in tomorrow! :-)

I looove baked potato soup! Making it at home is so much healthier too.

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30 Kathleen May 9, 2011 at 10:22 pm

The soup looks incredible. I’m suffering from major allergies, which has left me feeling like I have a cold… and homemade soup cures everything right? Happy move-in day tomorrow. So excited for you both!

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31 Jessica@FirstGenerationOrganic May 9, 2011 at 10:49 pm

That soup looks AMAZING! Now I’ll have to go back to the grocery store tomorrow . . . but I’m such a sucker for easy, cheesy potato soup!

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32 Allison @ Happy Tales May 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Ahhh!!!!! I can’t believe move in day is *tomorrow*!!!!!!!!! Enjoy it!!!!! And don’t let the little things stress ya out, it’s not worth it in the end :)

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33 Angel7 May 9, 2011 at 10:57 pm

If you get stressed out during all the hustle and bustle, stop and take a minute or two to take a deep breath.

I love just about any kind of soup, especially potato soup!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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34 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 9, 2011 at 11:14 pm

I dread the building supplies stores – I can never find anything!

Your soup looks like a great treat though! I do a baked sweet potato version with blue cheese and bacon. Will have to try yours next! :)

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35 Morgan @ moments of mmm May 9, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Congratulations on moving in! Good luck tomorrow!

This soup looks quite amazing!

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36 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 9, 2011 at 11:40 pm

So delicious! I love potatoes in any form :)

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37 Marina May 10, 2011 at 12:28 am

Have fun with the moving in!
That dinner looks so comforting, perfect for evening destressing :)

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38 Christie @ SpringJumps May 10, 2011 at 12:50 am

You always have the most delicious looking meals! Congratulations on it being moving day – I bet it feels good. Enjoy it!

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39 Lenna May 10, 2011 at 3:12 am

The soup look good, maybe I´ll find a way how to veganize it:)) I love soups, I can eat three huge bowls in one sitting:)

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40 Khushboo May 10, 2011 at 3:24 am

I agree with you completely- make time for dinner! Whatever craziness happens during the day, at least dinner restores some sense of normality!

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41 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope May 10, 2011 at 5:53 am

Such a big day to look forward to! Things are definitely coming together for the bakery. :)

Love that soup – looks perfect!

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42 Tasha @ Voracious May 10, 2011 at 5:57 am

So exciting you get to move in! Good luck!

And YUM – that soup looks incredible. I love baked potatoes, and I love soup, I’ve gotta merge the two into this fantastic dish. Brilliant.

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43 Lauren May 10, 2011 at 6:01 am

I love that you said “no matter how busy you are, always make time for dinner!” My family instilled this in me and it was a RULE that no matter what we had going on, we had to have dinner together as a family at least 3 x a week. I still live by this rule. SO important! :)

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44 Sarah@The Flying ONION May 10, 2011 at 6:04 am

I was just saying the other day, about how much I love bacon as a garnish. It adds such depth of flavor and makes an entire dish feel special. Kind of like feta or goat cheese. :D

Have fun moving today!! :D

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45 Karen May 10, 2011 at 6:05 am

Morning, Kath – Re. your food processor quest: did you see this price? With shipping, approx. $150 – decent. Maybe if you explain your circumstances, they’ll expedite shipping w/out an extra fee. (I’ve never had a problem w/an Amazon affiliate processed through Amazon.)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0000645TW/sr=8-3/qid=1305024995/ref=olp_pg_new?ie=UTF8&coliid=&startIndex=0&qid=1305024995&sellerID=&sr=8-3&colid=&condition=new

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46 KathEats May 10, 2011 at 8:29 am

It might be worth a try, but I’m out of energy!

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47 Karen May 10, 2011 at 9:44 am

I hear you…wish I could help, my friend!

If it were in your shoes, I’d use my home version for the store for the minimal business needs during the next week, and in the meantime order either from Amazon (higher price, but still reasonable for this model, free shipping and assured of awesome service/delivery/likely two days) or the less expensive affiliate (super deal.) This way you can get this checked off your list immediately…just wait for delivery. Either way, you’ll have it in time for opening day.

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48 Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 10, 2011 at 6:49 am

what a great recipe! I can’t wait to see move-in pictures!

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49 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 10, 2011 at 7:07 am

What a great soup to finish of a hard day of work! Looks like you guys had a bit of a challenge on your hands with packing up that car! I’ve had a similar situation when buying furniture at IKEA – thank goodness for flat packs!

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50 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 10, 2011 at 7:09 am

Potato soup is the ultimate comfort food! Looks like a great recipe.

Good luck moving in today! :)

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51 Jess @ Jessica is Getting Fit May 10, 2011 at 7:28 am

I can’t even imagine doing all that you are doing right now! Good luck in moving in! :D

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52 Halley (Blunder Construction) May 10, 2011 at 7:30 am

Love the soup, smart yummy idea. Getting so close to opening!!

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53 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 10, 2011 at 7:42 am

You guys are making so much progress! Woo Hoo!

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54 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 10, 2011 at 7:56 am

That’s so exciting that you get to really make the space yours now!

And that soup looks REALLY good!

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55 jenna May 10, 2011 at 7:57 am

opening a store is so much more work than i could have ever imagined! crazy! I’m sure all your work is going to pay off! can’t wait to come visit the new store!

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56 Kate May 10, 2011 at 8:00 am

Mmm…that giant plate of spinach and cranberries looks good. The spinach in my container garden is finally flourishing. Here’s a simple (and crunchy) raw ‘slaw you might like. Enjoy!

http://bread-n-chocolate.blogspot.com/2011/05/straight-from-crate-spinach-slaw.html

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57 kaila @ healthy helper! May 10, 2011 at 8:00 am

I loooove making stuffed baked potatoes so that soup looks fabulous!

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58 Cait's Plate May 10, 2011 at 8:03 am

Oh my gosh – my boyfriend would go BONKERS for that soup! I think I’m going to have to make him that for his upcoming birthday!!

Thanks for the inspiration as always :)

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59 Hope May 10, 2011 at 8:12 am

So exciting for moving into the bakery today!! Good luck with everything! I can’t wait to see the pictures! Oh, and that soup looks so good!!! Baked potato soup is my fiance’s favorite. I’m definitely going to save this recipe :)

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60 SquatLikeALady May 10, 2011 at 8:17 am

You ARE superwoman, you know that right??? I don’t know how you’re finding time to do all this GH-related stuff, AND blog AND cook homemade meals AND run and everything else. Sheesh!

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61 Eileen May 10, 2011 at 10:18 am

Good luck moving in! This process has been so exciting to read about. Thank you for sharing it with us!

That is a GREAT looking soup!

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62 Ally at AGIHK May 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Bravo on getting all that stuff in your car! I went to Lowe’s the other day and purchased a trellis for my cucumbers. It took me several minutes to figure out how to get it into my Honda! Doh’!

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63 mandyp November 1, 2012 at 8:16 am

Hey Kath,

I know this is an old post – but, does the cream sherry really make or break this recipe? We don’t have any on hand, and I’m just not sure I have enough in my budget to pick some up on my grocery run this week… so, if it’s like imperative to the awesomeness of this soup, I want to save the recipe for another week!

Thanks!

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64 KathEats November 1, 2012 at 8:34 am

You can skip it!

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