1. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Probably an assortment of vegetables. Not kidding. So that is my answer-one thing-my garden items? Hahaha cheater!
2. What's your guilty pleasure/comfort food?
Definitely it is chocolate. Such a “girl” thing, but I am obsessed.
3. What's the weirdest/craziest thing you've ever eaten?
I ate a night crawler once. Tell me in the comments if you have ever ate a worm too! The taste is so weird; it is a little spicy! TMI haha.
4. What foods do you avoid at all costs?
Basically only mushrooms and seafood (shellfish allergy). Everything else is fair game for the most part.
5. What meal reminds you of your childhood?
Big breakfast meals! Homemade sausage gravy and biscuits, with bacon! My grandma used to make it all the time!
6. Share one of your favorite recipes and the story behind it.
I have so many! This isn’t a fair recipe. I am just going to generalize and say potato soup; I mean you can’t go wrong there! My mom and grandma both make the best I have ever tasted, so here is a recipe very similar to how they make theirs! I just want to point out that once you get one bowl, plan on eating 2 more :)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 2 large carrots, peeled, chopped
- 2 to 3 cups diced ham, about 1 pound
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup water
- 4 to 5 cups peeled and diced potatoes
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup half-and-half or whole milk, more if needed to thin
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, optional
- sliced green onions, for garnish, optional
- shredded Cheddar cheese or Cheddar-Jack blend, for garnish, optional
In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add onion, celery, carrots, and ham. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute longer. Add vegetable broth and water and potatoes; cover and cook for about 25 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Whisk flour into the heavy cream until smooth; stir into the hot mixture. Stir in the half-and-half or milk. Taste and add salt and pepper, as desired. Mash slightly to thicken and add more milk if needed.
Serve garnished with parsley, sliced green onions, or a little shredded cheese.
Thanks for reading!