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Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Cream of Potato Soup

When there is nothing really in the fridge, this is a great dinner. And it is truly delicious and cannot be beat as comfort food. Eating it is like enjoying a big, warm hug.

Peel and cut up as many Yukon Gold, or other yellow flesh, potatoes as you want. I used 5 smallish ones to feed two of us. Boil in undiluted chicken stock (I used Campbell's from a tin because I did not have any home made) until very soft, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and mash well (I do not mind a few lumps) then add milk or cream (I used 18% cream that was nearing its "use by" date). Mash again, put back on low heat, and reheat but do not let it boil. It will thicken as it reheats, so you may need to add more milk. Season with freshly ground pepper, but I did not need salt because of the stock. I have fresh chives in my garden, so I added a tablespoon of snipped chives while reheating with the cream. Then I served in soup plates, as shown above, with a dollop of butter and more chives on top. Soooo good!

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