I found a similar recipe in a magazine years ago and adapted it to my family's tastes. It's a very versatile dish, I have made it with a shredded rotisserie style chicken, canned whole potatoes and/or carrots. It turns out great every time! Easy to convert to a stew, just add other veggies, more whipping cream and water. We like it with a lot of liquid and served with a green salad and rolls (or other bread loaf). As with any soup/stew - the longer it simmers, the better it is. It's even better the next day, IF it lasts that long!