Potato and Leek Soup

My husband has been after me for about a month now to make him this soup after seeing it on a menu somewhere.   I was feeling adventerous yesterday, so I thought it was a good day to try my hand at making some.  He loved it (and I did too)! 

  • 5 medium potatos (I used russet- peeled and diced)
  • 1/4 pound bacon- diced
  • 1/2- 3/4 cups white wine
  • 2 leeks (whites only- sliced into rounds and cleaned)
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup light cream
  • 4 tblsp. butter
  • chopped chives- optional for garnish
  • creme fraiche- optional for garnish (see my recipe here)

Heat a deep soup pot over meduim.  Once heated, add bacon and brown until crisp.  Remove bacon and set aside.  Add the white wine, making sure to deglaze the bottom of the pot to pick up all the flavors left from the bacon.  Add the leeks, salt and pepper.  Cook until leeks are almost tender.  Add the potatos.  Stirring frequently, cook until the potatos start to release their startches.  Add chicken stock about 1/2 cup at a time.  Allow to come to a simmer before adding more.  Once all the stock is in the pot, cook until potatos are soft.  Add the butter and cream.  Use a hand blender and puree the soup.  Dish out adding a dollop of creme fraiche, some chives and some bacon.  Enjoy!

A New Love…

I have a new love… a versatile love… a delicious love… a food love.  Wanna know what it is?  It’s Creme Fraiche.  Our affair first began last month when I was staying at The MGM Grand at Foxwoods and had dinner at CraftSteak (you can see my full post about my trip here).  I had the pleasure of trying the filet mignon (delicious!) which was accompanied by 3 small ceramic containers and individual spoons.  Each container held a different sauce for my entree.  All 3 were amazing but the one that stuck out was a creme fraiche sauce with horseradish and chopped chives on top.  I don’t even like horseradish, but that sauce was hypnotizing.  Every time I have a nice cut of beef, I think of that sauce and how wonderful it would be to have some.  Well, I was going to cook a beef brisket and I thought how great the sauce would go with it.  It really bugged me… to the point of postponing the brisket dinner for a couple of days and making my own creme fraiche with horseradish sauce.  I’m so glad I did.  It was amazing and the horseradish complimented the brisket tremendously.  I found other uses for the left over creme fraiche (which was plain).  I mixed in a tad bit of sugar and some cinnamon and used it with some strawberries.  I also mixed it with my homemade tomatillo salsa and put it on chimichangas.  I’m sure I’ll come up with some other ways to use this wonderful new condiment I have stored away in my arsenal of tricks. 

Creme Fraiche– makes about 1 cup

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk

Combine both ingredients.  Cover with a kitchen towel and let it sit out for about 12 hours (until it’s thickened, yet pourable).  Stir and refrigerate for up to one week.

 

Long Absence

I apologize for my absence from the blogging world. To make a long story short, I’ll say that I invited my sister and her children from Texas to stay with my family until she could get on her feet and now, I no longer (nor will I ever again) consider her as my sister. After the disruption my family faced, I felt I needed to spend time with them and get life back on track.

{R} and I took a much needed romantic vacation. Our first night was spent in Old Port. Just entering the city put me at ease. {R} bought me my Valentine’s gift there; a customized bracelet with his name, my name and all 3 kids names on it. It’s very pretty and I love it. The next day we went to our intended destination (and one of our favorite places), Foxwoods in Connecticut and stayed at the MGM Grand for 2 nights. It was wonderful and refreshing. We had an amazing room (The Producers Suite) with an amazing view. We gambled, window shopped, watched PPV movies, talked, laughed and reconnected. Knowing how much I enjoy eating at incredible and elegant restaurants, {R} took me to CraftSteakright at the grand. For those who don’t know, CraftSteak is owned by the head judge, Tom Collichio, on the Bravo Tv show, Top Chef. It was delicious and I highly recommend it to everyone. Here are some pics from our trip:

Foxwoods© On The Wings Of Change 2009

The View From The Room© On The Wings Of Change 2009

I have felt at ease the past couple of weeks and have finally been able to do something I’ve wanted to do for awhile. More on that tomorrow (hopefully)!

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Submitted by ForestWander Nature Photography
We all need to take vacations every now and then.  I am over due for one now.  Looking forward to it.  It seems as though I end up working even on vacation taking pictures.