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Approaching Demolition Day

Friday is supposedly the big day!  The rip out of my kitchen, bathroom and a couple of small walls will begin.  As you can imagine, my cooking will be extremely limited as I live in the basement with a microwave and slow cooker!  Therefore, my blog may not be much of a food blog for the next two or three months.

Today I am using odds and ends from the fridge and made this wonderful potato soup.  I received my inspiration from Andrea The Kitchen Witch's potato and bacon soup and Dinner with Julie's, bacon smashed potatoes.

Creamy Potato Soup with Pancetta

1/2 cup diced pancetta
2 tablespoons finely diced onion
1 tablespoon finely diced celery
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium sized potatoes, cut in a 1/2" dice
1/2 can evaporated milk
1 cup partially skimmed milk
1 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
1 clove garlic, minced

Add the olive oil to a pot large enough to cook the soup and heat on a medium setting.  Add pancetta and brown.  When almost browned, add the onions and celery.  Cook until translucent.  Add garlic and continue to saute until garlic is becoming aromatic.

Add the evaporated milk, partially skimmed milk and water.  Bring to a simmer.  Add potatoes, salt and pepper.  Continue to gently simmer until the potatoes are very soft.  Add more water as necessary.  Adjust the seasoning.  Serve.


  1. That is so exciting - I can't wait to see what you are doing in your house. Are you making some freeze ahead meals to make life bearable without your kitchen?

  2. This looks scrumptious. :)

    Good luck with the remodel. I would do anything to have mt galley kitchen made-over.

    *sigh* Some day...

  3. Grace> I have lots of homemade soup in the freezer. And lots of home cooked/prepped vegetables. I am going to be an expert on the slow cooker by the time this is done! I will also post the least I hope there is progress.

    B> People tell me they like my kitchen. That is only because they have never used it. It is terrible! I can hardly wait.

  4. The soup looks wonderful Sarah! I often forget about evaporated milk, what a great idea in a cream soup, I'll have to get a few cans for the pantry.

    Good luck with your renovations, how very very exciting!! I can't wait to see photos of it, I know you'll be making some awesome changes :)

    Thanks for the blog shout out, too :)

  5. I am sure it will be a nightmare for a few weeks, but just think how good it will be when all is finished. Diane

  6. How long before they finish??? It is so exciting living through the changes with you... I am looking forward to regular progress reports and photos! It's funny, I had a dream last night that I won a $100,000 kitchen... at first I smiled and then I groaned--ugh renovation! The soup looks rich and delicious and I am sure you can do more with a microwave and slow cooker than most can do with a full kitchen!

  7. Andrea> I had half a can in the fridge and wanted to use it up. I have it on hand for emergency coffee milk.

    Diane> I hope there are no nightmares, but....

    Deana> With any luck it will be done by Christmas but I am not holding my breath.


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