Beyond the Green Screen: Winter Cravings

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Cassie Heiter Weather Blog

When the seasons change it seems my appetite for certain foods does as well. It’s not unusual to crave a pot roast or a bowl of chili when the temperatures get colder. Eating more protein and foods higher in fat in the winter months is just in our nature. I can’t lie though, I’ve been known to grab a Whitey’s banana split for lunch when there are several inches of snow on the ground. Ok, you got me, that was just a couple of days ago.


Eating ice cream is not a regular occurrence for me and neither is having a pot roast or a crock-pot of chili waiting for me at home every week of winter. However, when I do want to eat these “seasonal” foods I try to replicate how my mom used to make these dishes at home in Kentucky. She was never one to brag about her cooking but I absolutely loved it. One of my favorite dishes was homemade loaded potato soup. In fact I love it so much that I can’t imagine anyone going through life without having tried it. So, here is the recipe:

8 cups of diced potatoes
1 small (white or yellow) onion (1/3 cup)
½ lb of cooked bacon, drained and crumbled
1 package of cream cheese
3 cans of chicken broth (14.5 oz)
1 can of cream of chicken soup (10.75 oz)
1 pkg Shredded Cheddar Cheese
pepper to taste
Throw potatoes, onions and bacon in the crock pot.
In a mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, pepper, broth and cream of chicken soup. Mix well. Add to crock-pot. Set on low for 6 -8 hours. Mash potatoes until you get the consistency you like. Serve with cheese and butter on top!

photo by

You can adjust these measurements to your liking. I usually use half the amount of potatoes and broth just because I’m cooking for one or two people and I have a small crock-pot. You also don’t have to add the butter but I do because I am a butteraholic. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!