In the over 6 years I have lived in Minden, this is only the second time I have been down with an Upper Respiratory Infection.  It really wiped me out for a few days.  I don’t know which is worse; the symptoms of the cold or the effects of the medicine taken.  I totally lost my appetite and spent much of the time just sleeping.

This is the KEEPER recipe which helped get me through those days.  I was glad I did not have to leave my house for the ingredients as I did not wish to expose others.. The recipe contained some of the staples I like to keep in my kitchen.  And even if you are not ill, this soup is perfect for the rainy, cold winter weather we are experiencing.


1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper

¼ cup chopped onion

2 Tbsp. butter

8 oz. cream cheese, cubed

1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk

1 (14.5 oz.) can chicken broth  (33% less sodium)

1 (15.25 oz.) can cream style corn

*Salt to taste, optional

Pepper to taste

Sauté bell pepper and onion in butter; add cream cheese, can milk and chicken broth.  Heat slowly on low stirring until smooth; add corn.  Season with salt (if desired) and pepper to taste.  Heat through but do not boil.

Serves 4

*I try to avoid using too much salt so I omitted it…that choice will be yours.