Creamy Cauliflower and Fontina Soup


1 large head cauliflower, rinsed and trimmed to florets
6 medium red potatoes, peels left on, chopped
2 large or 3 small leeks, white and light green parts cleaned and chopped
2 large shallots, chopped
2 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
2 cups milk, 2% or whole
Salt to taste
1/4 t ground black pepper, or to taste
1 t dried thyme
3/4 t dried mustard
1/2 t fennel seeds
8 ounces fontina cheese, cut into small pieces Read More

Leeks in the Kitchen!

1024px-Au_marché_-_poireaux,_céleriMindfully delicious leeks are nutritious low calorie power houses that belong in the onion and garlic family of plants. Add them to any dish that would benefit from a mild oniony flavor. They work a special magic in soups and stews.

Leeks usually come bundled with twist ties or rubber bands. The bundles usually contain either two large bulbs or 3-4 smaller bulbs. It does not matter whether your leeks or large or small, they will taste the same.

What does matter is whether there is a lot of white and light green from the base of the bulb upward, because that is the part you eat! Look for leeks that have a lengthy edible area.

Don’t throw away the dark green leaves though, they are perfect for simmering a delicious stock and are a welcome addition to the compost bin. Read More