Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

One of Our Favorite Winter Vegetables -- Leeks!

We always get excited in the fall when the first of the leeks appear in the market.    From then on, there is usually at least one leek in the fridge at Linderhof.    We use them in all sorts of dishes but perhaps our favorite is a simple soup . . .

The Apilco lion head bowls are perfect for potato leek soup

Potato Leek Soup.     It's a great cold day lunch or simple supper.     With a good crusty loaf of bread and some butter.  

We don't really have a recipe.     We wash the leeks and halve them, then slice them.    Sauteed  in butter until soft, we then add some baby carrots and sauté them a bit.    The peeled and cubed potatoes are added last and sautéed as well.  

I think the sautéing adds a depth of flavor.   We salt and pepper well and we  then add chicken stock and simmer until the vegetables are cooked.    Just before serving we add cream.   How much, it depends on how much soup we're making.    But at least 1/2 cup.     We taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed.   Then we simmer until it's heated through.

It's Monday and I'm joining Yvonne at Stone Gable for What's On the Menu Monday.   On cool fall days, there's nothing like steaming bowls of potato leek soup for a warming lunch or supper.

My grandmother made the best potato soup and often when she came to visit she would bring jars for my brother and myself (much to mother's chagrin but to our delight).    I have her soup kettle but my soup never tastes like hers.    Perhaps it was the love for her grandchildren that she put in the soup that isn't in mine!


Pondside said...

This is one of my favorite soups - one that I learned to make very early in our marriage. It's that time of year now, when a hearty soup is just the thing.

Wanda Lee said...

Dearest Martha,

I too adore hearty and tummy warming soups at this time of the year especially! Thanks for sharing your lovely, delicious Leek soup with us..,So good!

What a fabulous teatime you shared last week as well; the orchid, and blue and white tea vignette with silver and a yummy tea treat were simply teatime perfection! Very heartwarming as well!

Thanks for sharing this with us also..,

I am very late this week, yet I must say that your post from last week's tea was just a vision of loveliness, a dream!

Thanks ever so much for joining us for Tuesday's Teas; we always love having you partake!

Hugs, Wanda Lee

poppilinnstudios said...

I love Potato Leek soup! It's a perfect cool weather meal. Looks delicious. Can't wait to make it!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Leeks are the best! I love to cook with them. We do have them available pretty much year round here in northeast Ohio, and this makes me wonder where they come from! November is definitely soup time and you've shared one of the most delicious soups, Martha!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

This sounds like a soul-warming soup recipe!! Thanks for sharing!!

On Crooked Creek said...

Your soup looks yummy and hearty! Perhaps it is the grandmother's love that can't be duplicated in our cherished recipes!