I was happily surprised to see the enthusiastic response to Idahoan’s recent Soup Recipe Contest: over 130 different mouthwatering recipes using Idahoan product. After sorting through, cooking, tasting and voting, the Idahoan staff picked their three favorites. I had a chat with first place winner, Kay Z., creator of Creamy Poblano Potato Soup.
During the taste testing at Idahoan, I, along with the rest of the Idahoan crew, loved the creamy spiciness that the poblanos threw into the mixture, not to mention the additional texture that using our scalloped potatoes added!
Though simple to make, the deliciousness behind Kay’s Creamy Poblano Potato Soup recipe has, in a way, been years in the making. It started with peanut butter cookies and a small, beautiful North Carolina town near the Appalachians.
“Some of my earliest memories are standing on the stool in the kitchen with my mother, who was a very good cook,” Kay said in an interview. “I would stand on the stool, take the fork and make peanut butter cookies: crossing them with the fork.”
Kay credits her mother and working restaurant jobs in her early twenties to her love of cooking, but it wasn’t until her move to Texas about 20 years ago that she started cooking frequently with peppers.
“They just have a wonderful variety of peppers from mild to hot that you can get really fresh here compared to what’s available in North Carolina,” Kay said. She’s been experimenting with them ever since.
So let’s raise our soup bowls to Kay, her good cook mother and the Southern chef’s move to Texas for this tasty meal.
Bean soup is on the menu in the Senate’s restaurant every day. There are several stories about the origin of that mandate, but none has been corroborated. According to one story, the Senate’s bean soup tradition began early in the 20th-century at the request of Senator Fred Dubois of Idaho. We like his version because it contains mashed potatoes, of course!
Need a great side dish that can be ready in a moment’s notice? Just add a little cheese and thyme to our Buttery Homestyle Flavored Mashed, and you’re done.