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Sun Apr 26, 2020, 06:30 PM

Made potato & leek soup using instant potatoes

Nearly every recipe calls for blending or using a motor boat to “mash” the potatoes to make the soup thicker.

I didn’t use any potatoes until the end when I mixed in instant Idahoans till it was the consistency I liked. Just add a little bit at a time to your already prepared soup base (I used chicken broth and milk after cooking down some leek, onion and garlic).

Topped the bowls of soup with sliced spring onions and crispy bacon bits. Was yummy!

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Reply Made potato & leek soup using instant potatoes (Original post)
Wawannabe Apr 26 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 26 #1
niyad Apr 26 #4
Wawannabe Apr 26 #7
niyad Apr 26 #9
Wawannabe Apr 26 #5
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 26 #12
Wawannabe Apr 26 #14
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 26 #17
niyad Apr 26 #2
Wawannabe Apr 26 #3
demigoddess Apr 26 #6
Wawannabe Apr 26 #8
dawg day Apr 26 #10
Wawannabe Apr 26 #11
In_The_Wind Apr 26 #13
catbyte Apr 26 #15
Wawannabe Apr 26 #16
Arkansas Granny Apr 26 #18
SheltieLover Apr 26 #19
BarbaRosa Apr 26 #20
lostnfound Apr 26 #21

Response to Wawannabe (Original post)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 06:38 PM

1. Sounds wonderful!

Now I'm hungry.

And you can keep instant potatoes...well, probably forever.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 06:44 PM

4. And I just picked up two packages of roasted garlic and Parmesan baby reds.. Instants work well

on shepherd's pie, I am told. It was at my suggestion to cut the stres of prep.

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Response to niyad (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 06:50 PM

7. Instant taters taste way better

Then when I was younger!

All the Idahoan brand packages are pretty good.

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Response to Wawannabe (Reply #7)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 06:53 PM

9. I make mine with milk, often add grated cheese or horseradish, as I do with real mash.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 06:47 PM

5. Hi CAPeggy



Seattle rains make for good soup weather.
Did you see/get any good shots of the super moon April 7? Was awesome but every time I take a pic of the moon it doesn’t come out good. Share your secrets??

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Response to Wawannabe (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 07:08 PM

12. Alas, we were clouded out for that special moon.

The clouds make me crazy!

Secrets? I'm happy to share!

First, you need a good digital SLR camera. And a tripod and a cable release cord. You also should have either a long lens (300 or
400mm) or a big zoom. I use an 18 to 400 mm zoom. The bigger the zoom, the bigger the image. I also crop my photo to show it off!

As to technique: I normally have the lens wide open, although recently I learned that might not be the best setting. Don't use the auto setting! You need to keep the lens open a bit so that enough light gets in. I typically use 1/60 of a second, or 1/80 of a second. It depends on how full the moon is, or isn't. These settings are the shutter speed.

You also need to set the aperture. It's also called the F-stop. F 11 is for bright sunny days! The moon needs more light than you get at night, so the F-stop needs to be in the neighborhood of F5.6 or 4.0. I often use 6.3.

Since I'm not sure of your level of expertise, this may be overwhelming and too much. Or you might know it already. When you do try, be sure to write down what settings you used, both the F-stop (how big the opening is on the lens) and the shutter speed (how long the lens is open.) Come by the Photo Group (https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1036) to post your photos and to ask for help. It's a great group!

Hope I haven't scared you away!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #12)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 07:22 PM

14. That is beyond my paygrade!

Lol I do not own a real camera anymore.

**You should cross post to photography if you never have so this good info can be found again!

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Response to Wawannabe (Reply #14)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 07:31 PM

17. Ah, I'm sorry!

Photography is a passion of mine......can you tell? lol!

Everyone over there already knows this stuff and more.

We all have our passions.



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Response to Wawannabe (Original post)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 06:41 PM

2. Sounds very yummy. Thanks!(It always cracked me up that Emeril calls them boat motors. I saw him

Doing a segment once at a military base. That huge thing really did resemble a boat motor!)

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Response to niyad (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 06:44 PM

3. Bam!

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Response to Wawannabe (Original post)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 06:48 PM

6. I use those instant potatoes all the time. Thanks for the recipe.

might try this if I ever get my hands on a leek.

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Response to demigoddess (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 06:51 PM

8. Yakima fruit market

Opened this week in Bothel/Kenmore. I got great produce Friday mornin.

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Response to Wawannabe (Original post)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 06:57 PM

10. I made mac and cheese, but here's my secret-

I got bored with just cheddar, so I put in a couple tablespoons of gorgonzola chunks. It gives a very nice little funky taste.

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Response to dawg day (Reply #10)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 07:04 PM

11. Love mac!

And various cheeses make it different any time you want. This sounds good.

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Response to Wawannabe (Original post)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 07:18 PM

13. Sounds yummy. I'm going to give that a try.

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Response to Wawannabe (Original post)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 07:24 PM

15. I watched an old Jacques Pepin video on YouTube and that's how he made it.

I was a bit surprised, but it looked great.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #15)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 07:27 PM

16. Wow!

I am surprised as well!
I do like his shows but haven’t seen that one. He is pretty straight forward and presents well usually.

It is a little funny to see the interaction btwn him and his daughter and then he teaches the granddaughter too.

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Response to Wawannabe (Original post)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 07:42 PM

18. I watched Jacques Pepin use instant potatoes in a soup one time.

He said that he uses them in different soups as a thickener.

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Response to Wawannabe (Original post)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 08:20 PM

19. Thank you for posting this great idea!

I love potatoes and leeks. I'll have to give this idea a try!

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Response to Wawannabe (Original post)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 09:18 PM

20. Instant mash works well for thickening soup,

stews or what ever else.

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Response to Wawannabe (Original post)

Sun Apr 26, 2020, 09:21 PM

21. Sour cream and fresh dill on top

Made some this weekend.

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