Ugh! We only had the pork tenderloin with apples and mushrooms leftover. And since I have already posted that I don’t like pork….chances weren’t great that I would like it as a leftover! No one else complained, so apparently it was fine. However, I ate about half of my meal, then scraped it into the garbage. I put a request into Em that we don’t do this for a while. Penny is sick with a cold, so she couldn’t handle a full-on meal….I just gave her an English Muffin with Peanut Butter. I served the leftovers with breadsticks….those were very good! The apples were ok as leftovers, but not as good as they were fresh out of the pan.
Tonight was a leftover buffet – the first kid to the kitchen gets their first choice of dinner options. Tonight’s menu included pork roast with mushrooms, mashed potatoes, potato soup and pizza (leftover from lunch today). The fastest kid was Sport and he chose pizza. Scout was next, but ended up in a time-out after he threw a fit about his choices. So, Princess got to move up in line and picked pizza and mashed potatoes. Once Scout apologized, he asked politely for a soynut butter and jelly sandwich and mashed potatoes (since it was a hodgepodge meal and Scout’s alter ego vanished, I did give in to the sandwich!). Bubba ate pizza and I had soup. As you can see, the pork roast was the big loser and everyone was happy with dinner!
Well, this just isn’t fair. This is my mom’s recipe and potato soup is my FAVORITE soup! So…you guessed it….I loved it. Dutch ate 3 bowls….and now I don’t have any leftovers for Leftover Day. Penny said it was very good, and that she would like to have it again. Obviously, my family has had this before, and we all like it. Nick was at a sleepover, but I already know he likes it. Em and I knew there would be issues with her family because they just don’t like soup…but we are the opposite. Nothing better than a nice warm bowl of soup on a cold winter day….well, soup and hot chocolate! (Not together!) This meal was very high up on our list. I may have to force Em to force her family to eat it again!
The Potato Soup got mixed reviews in my house….from 1 star to 5 stars! This is mainly due to the fact that my family doesn’t love soup! Bubba thought the flavor was good, but he just isn’t a fan of soup. He even made the comment, “Why did you make something you know isn’t our favorite?” My response was simple…part of this process, for me, is exposing my kids to things they aren’t used to. After all, it can take up to 15 exposures to a new food before a child will accept it. One of my goals with this process is to expand my family’s palette. All that being said, I loved the soup!
- 2 cups chopped celery
- 1 chopped medium onion
- 1/2 stick of real butter
- 9 Large potatoes (diced)
- 2 cups diced ham (add more if you like more meat)
Boil potatoes until tender. Drain. Put back into pot. At the same time you are boiling the potatoes, saute the celery and onions in the butter. Add this saute mixture to the boiled and drained potatoes. Add ham. Fill the stock pot 1/3 way with water. Add milk until the mixture is covered. In a separate bowl, add 1/2 cup flour to cold milk. Stir until blended well. Add to pot. This will thicken the soup mixture. If you would like it to be a little thicker, add more. Simmer. Add salt and pepper to taste.
My family uses a star system to rate our meals – 1=awful…5=awesome Tonight’s meal got an overall rating of 3.5 stars!
The roast was good, however, the apples were not (I overcooked them a bit and they absorbed way too much of the sauce and tasted very strong!)
I served the roast with mashed potatoes, which got rave reviews!
First of all, I need to preface the review by stating that pork cooked like this in not one of my favorites. We love ham and bacon, but pork tenderloins and porkchops (those types of pork) are not my favorite…therefore, I rarely cook it. So, my family is not used to eating it. With that in mind, last night’s dinner went better than expected. We all liked the taste of the sauce. Nick, Dutch, and I all liked the apples (which turned out quite a bit differently than Em’s). Penny was not too thrilled with the apples. No one complained about the pork. They all said they would eat it again (and they will on Leftover Day). However, since I don’t love pork, and it was still pork, it wasn’t my favorite. I could eat it again, but I wouldn’t request it.