Rainy Day Soup

So we just came from a sunny and warm vacation at the lake to a cloudy and rainy home.  The change in weather was actually really nice.  It allowed for a cozy, and restful day after vacation.  We needed something warm for dinner, so I pulled out this recipe my mom gave me from local chef Brett Winfrey.  It was delicious!  My four year old gobbled it up asking for more and telling me that it was so yummy, that's pretty good for him!

Potato/Bacon Soup:

6oz bacon chopped
1 small onion chopped (sweet or yellow)
1 TBS fresh chopped garlic ( I used jarred)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 flour
1 quart chicken broth (4 cups)
1 cup whipping cream
1 medium potato baked, cooled and cubed 1/2" size (I used 4 and will use 5 next time)
1 to 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used 2 cups of sharp cheese)
1/4 tsp coriander seed
1/4 tsp cumin seed
small pinch red pepper
salt and black pepper to taste

In heavy pot cook chopped bacon on medium heat until almost crisp.   Melt butter with the bacon fat that has accumulated, then saute the onions until tender.  Add chopped garlic and cook until onions and garlic are lightly golden.  ad flour, mix well then add chicken broth and cream, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil and thickens.  add cubed potato and shredded cheddar cheese.  Stir until cheese is completely melted and well blended.  Mix spices together and then add to soup.  Salt and Pepper to taste ( I didn't add any).

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