In 2012, on the plains of Northern Arizona, two families joined forces and began the trials and tribulations of building a small family farm with nothing in the bank but love.
The orchard got a major trim. This trim was like the long-haired hippie dude who joined the marines. We haven't given a lot of attention to the fruit trees. They had been neglected for the two years before we moved in. We cleaned up the orchard and had apples and pears only the first year. This year we had nothing. Paulden is not a fruit friendly growing environment. So why not go drastic? Lance did the research and went crazy with the chainsaw. We definitely won't have fruit next year, but who knows after that. Maybe what they needed was a good shaping cut.
|Boiled and slightly mashed potatoes.|
Cut up and boil potatoes until soft. Half mash them. You want some chunks. The mashed ones are what gives the soup it's thickness.
Cook carrots and cut into small pieces. We like quite a few in our
|Cook carrots, saute onions.|
In a large kettle, spoon in about three tablespoons of butter. Real butter is best. And if you really like butter and richness, add more if you like. Chop and then saute in the butter an onion. I'm assuming it's a big onion. We're down to our small ones so I actually used three onions tonight.
Mix all of the above together in the kettle and add enough half and half, milk and a bit of clam juice to the consistency you like. We like ours thick. I tend to use more half and half than milk too. Rich, rich, rich.
And finally, here is where you can get creative. For spices, we like cayenne pepper and Mrs. Dash garlic blend. Gives it a bit of a bite, but you can spice it up anyway you like.