Take-It-To-A-Friend Potato Soup

Excellent Potato Soup
from my friend Chantry's friend Meg, both of whom have excellent blogs that are worth checking out ...

6-7 potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 c. onion, diced
8 oz. cream cheese, cut into chunks
1 1/2 c. milk
1 can mushroom or cheese soup
1 can celery soup
6 Tbsp. butter (3/4 stick)
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
salt and pepper to taste
Garnish: bacon bits and shredded cheddar cheese

Cook potatoes and onions together in just enough water to cover.  Once tender, remove from heat and add the rest of the ingredients except for garnish.  Heat again until combined and hot.  Serve with cheese and bacon bits on top.

Um.  Yes.  This is now my #1 favorite potato soup recipe.  It really is excellent (why else would that be the name of the recipe?).  My friend Chantry called me earlier this week and said she had doubled a soup recipe and had more soup than she knew what to do with, and would I like some?  Since I'm not one to turn down food of any kind (especially soup), I answered with a resounding YES and received a giant container of this excellent Excellent Potato Soup!  (I know I just used the word "excellent" twice.  I just want you to understand how excellent it really is.  I hope you get the point soon, because "excellent" is a little challenging to keep typing over and over ...)  Thanks so much, Chantry!  I am honored to be the recipient of such a thoughtful meal (maybe I forgot to mention the other goodies she included ... fresh rosemary bread and nutter-butter balls, which I would have taken a picture of because they're so cute, only ... well, they're not around anymore). 

Next time I take soup to someone, you'd better believe it'll be this recipe.  No promise about any accompanying nutter-butter balls, though.  I'm pretty sure that if I were to make anything like that, I'd eat them all before they made it off my counter.

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