|With Jenn Hardman of KSL News and my Loaded Potato Soup.|
On Thursday at 5 a.m., when most people are still asleep, I arrived at the KSL studios and met Jenn Hardman, a Features reporter with KSL.
She had me make four soups from my "Soup's On!" cookbook during two segments - about 7 or 8 minutes total. It's a good thing that the point of my cookbook is soups that are simplified and quick! I would have been a basket case trying to remember four complicated recipes. Early morning is not my most alert time of the day.
I made the Zucchini & Bacon Soup — (shown in light green and blue bowl) so very economical this time of year when zucchini are popping up in gardens and on doorsteps everywhere.
Then I made Harvest Pumpkin Soup, (green bowl) which has a little flavor twist from curry. Then I could catch my breath for a few minutes and throw all those little glass ingredient bowls in the sink , and bring out the ingredients and pots for the next two soups.
During the 6:30-ish segment, I made Loaded Potato Soup (white and blue bowl), which only takes about 15 minutes when using frozen diced hash browns and ready-cooked bacon pieces. True comfort food - as I said, it's like Funeral Potatoes without the funeral.
Then I made Quick Tailgate Chili (orange and white bowl). This recipe comes together in 30 minutes, and there's no chopping or peeling involved. But it does have quite a few ingredients — including four different kinds of tomato products. Now it occurs to me that when I developed the recipe, I really should have thought about somehow consolidating the salsa, Ro-Tel tomatoes, diced tomatoes and tomato paste, although each contributes something a little bit different.
The KSL staff seemed to like the finished soups, so I didn't have to worry about packing up any leftovers to transport home. Thanks, Jenn, for helping me do the dishes and pack all my glass ingredient bowls up to take home. I appreciate the opportunity to share my recipes and my book!
I'm also going to sign copies of "Soup's On!" at the Centerville Seagull bookstore (in the strip mall near Target) on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9-11 a.m. Hope to see people there!