Well friends, it’s that time of year again. Daylight savings is upon us and it has me craving a silky smooth bowl of cozy soup. This Cream of Potato Chive Soup is creamy, fulfilling and super tasty! The potato and chives complement each other perfectly. The heat from the jalapeno and hot chili oil adds a beautiful depth that ties it all together.
It has been 4 years since Ang and I started this blog. It all started one day when I called Ang to tell her that I was going to start a blog. She suggested that we start it together and that is exactly what we did. We covered topics such as recipes, fashion, restaurants, wineries, interviews, health, passion videos and photos.
In the beginning, we used to post up to 5 times a week but the posts were very weak with minimal content. We plugged along consistently learning everything we could about running a blog. We taught ourselves food photography and styling with the help of the Internet. We learned how to write recipes and instructions, we brushed up on our Photoshop skills and continued to learn photo editing. We learned about social media marketing and how to build our own self-hosted WordPress website. We learned SEO, we searched for all the plugins we needed and we learned a whole lot more!
About a year and a half later, we decide to streamline our topics to recipes, interviews, restaurants and wineries. Ang became more involved with cocktail recipes and I became very passionate in the area of food recipes. We had a lot of fun collaborating and inspiring each other.
Sadly, that era has come to an end and Ang is now moving on from the blog. It’s sad but also very exciting. She has been working for a new company and she is loving it! She was able to quit the restaurant industry and now is able to enjoy weekends and holidays with her friends and family. This will be the first Thanksgiving and Christmas that she will be able to spend with the boys and I couldn’t be happier for them! I will continue on with CaliZona and there will always be a place for Ang when she feels like creating a new cocktail. I added her cocktails to the recipe drop-down menu so you can find them when you are craving one of her delicious creations! Here’s to a new time full of inspiration and creativity!!
- 1/2 White Onion
- 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 1/3 Cup Dry White Wine
- 1 Vegetable Bouillon Cube – unsalted
- 4 – 5 (3 1/2 pounds) Russet Potatoes – peeled – save peels
- 6 Cups Water
- 1 Cup Half and Half (or milk)
- 1 Cup Milk (I used 1%)
- 1 – 2 Jalapeno Pepper – roasted – roughly chopped
- 1 Cup Chives – minced
- 1 Tablespoon + 2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 8 Dried Thai Chilies or Arbol
- Chives – minced – to taste
- Hot Chili Oil
- 3 – 4 Jalapeno Peppers (about half per bowl) – roasted – sliced or minced – optional
- Crispy Potato Skins – optional
Place the cubed potatoes in a large bowl covered with filtered water. Set aside.
Add the onions and olive oil to a 5 1/2 quart pot or dutch oven and sauté on medium-low heat for 5 minutes then add the garlic and cook until garlic just starts to become golden.
Once the garlic becomes golden, add bouillon cubes and wine to the onions. Mash the bouillon to dissolve.
Add oil and chilies to a small pot. Turn the stove on, in between low and medium-low and let simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool then pour into a jar.
Crispy Potato Skins
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Jalapeno is a rich source of vitamin C, 1 pepper provides 18 % of the daily value for men and 23 % for women. They also have a good amount of vitamin A, which helps skin and eye health. Jalapenos contain phenols, flavonoids and capsaicinoids that help the body fight free radicals, inflammation and promote weight loss. The bioflavonoids are powerful antioxidants and help strengthen blood vessels. They also fight nasal congestion by stimulating secretions that help clear mucus from the nose. They contain more vitamin B6 aiding the immune system, E that protect the cells and K, which increases bone mass more than any other pepper.