I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Snow Update

edit: ''Snow totals are predicted to be between 30-36 inches in southwestern Nassau,''

Hi! Are you all keeping warm and comfy? We're doing great here so far, so this is just a little update.

Mo and I went for our walk!

This is not what I'd call a blizzard, but it's a lot of snow.

Making soup now, here's a quick recipe for you all. It is not exact amounts, use what you have.

TJ's frozen leeks, far left, in my freezer

Cream Of Leek Soup.

-approx 2 Cups of mashed potatoes. [you can use leftovers or boxed, or peel and boil 2 or 3 large white potatoes and mash them well with a fork.]

-3 or four large well washed leeks or 3 or 4 bunches of scallions. About 1 C. Cut into small slices.

-In your large stockpot or dutch oven, saute the leeks in 2 T of butter. [NOT oil].

[I'm going to use a premade bag from Trader Joe's, frozen, thawed.] Cook gently until translucent and soft but do not brown or or overcook.

-If you have carrots, dice one carrots, small dice, and add to the saute. This is just for color.

-Add approx 3 cups of chicken broth. Add the mashed potatoes. Stir until mixed and bring to a gentle simmer.

-Add salt and black pepper to taste. 

-Add about 3 cups of milk, I use skim, but if you like a richer soup you can use whole milk or even fat free half and half cream. I like to blend everything at this point with a hand mixer. Or an immersion blender. But you don't have to. 

At this point if the soup is too thick, add more chicken broth or water to make the consistency you like.

-Simmer gently for 1/2 hour. Be careful, because milk scorches easily. 

-Serve with a few garlicky croutons on top.

Very good with leftover roast beef & horseradish sandwiches, on pumpernickel bread.

If you'd like chowder, you can add a bag of corn at this point; asparagus spears, cut in 2" sticks is also nice.



gone to the beach.............

last winter

so cool. From Pinterest .