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It was one of those chilly, dreary, windy and rainy winter days today when it seemed hard to even think of one fun thing to do…

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You know, the day that blows your hat off and then pelts you with cold rain during the retrieval maneuver?  This morning before yoga I was reading yesterday’s food section of the New York Times and saw this…

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leek-potato was one of the choices…YES!

After lunch the view grew more dismal…

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so I pout the soup on.  The recipe is easy and super delicious…good strong flavor…restorative.

Golden Leek and Potato Soup

2 1/2 pounds leeks, white and light green parts only

2 bay leaves

4 large sprigs each of fresh thyme, fresh sage and fresh parsley

4 Tblsp unsalted butter or 4 Tblsp olive oil (I used 2 and 2)

2 cloves garlic peeled and very thinly slices

8 cups vegetable broth or water (I used broth, low sodium)

1 tsp. black pepper

1 Tblsp kosher salt (I didn’t use this much sea salt…maybe half)

1 3/4 pounds yukon gold potatoes, cut in half and thinly sliced…

a bit of cream on the soup before serving as garnish

 

  1.  Halve the leeks lengthwise and rinse away any grit.  Thinly slice the leeks crosswise.  In a small square of cheesecloth (I use a large tea strainer) tie together the herbs..leeks
  2. Melt the butter or heat the oil in the bottom of a large soup pot over medium high heat>  Stir in the leeks and cook, stirring frequently, antil leeks are soft and dark golden brown.  10 to 15 minnutes. Stir in the garlic for the last 3 minutes.leeks cooking
  3. Stir in stock or water, the sachet of herbs, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce immediately to medium-low; simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add potatoes and simmer soup until potatoes are very tender and falling apart…about 45 minutes.  Taste and adjust seasoning, drizzle a small amount of heavy cream (here I used half and half) and top with a chopped parsley garnish.potatos  It was easy, delicious, full flavored…as the article suggested.  I served with french bread and a salad.  You won’t be sorry!  soup