Recipe: Pureed Potato Soup

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I’m a sucker for cookbooks. Even today, with the availability of online recipes, if I see a good looking cookbook in the store, I will buy it. I have so many cookbooks, my one bookshelf has literally collapsed from the weight of the books! I recently pulled out my “One Pot of the Day” Cookbook by Kate McMillan for Williams Sonoma. It is a great book that gives you 365 different recipes – one for every day of the year!

I recently flipped open to the section for the month of March to get some new ideas and I found a delicious looking Potato-Leek Soup that I decided to adapt a bit to give a slightly thicker consistency. Because it has leeks in it (a member of the onion family!), my husband didn’t go near it – so I got to enjoy all of the smooth, warm goodness for myself!

Potato Soup Recipe - Pureed and Smooth

 

Pureed Potato Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Pureed Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 2 Leeks
  • 6 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream

Instructions

  • Peel potatoes and cut into small cubes.
  • Chop the white roots off the end of your leeks and then chop the dark green tops off the top of your leeks. This will leave you with about 2 to 3 inches of the light green portion.
  • Cut the leeks in half lengthwise and then thinly chop.
  • Combine the broth, potatoes, leeks, and salt in a large pot in the stove.
  • Cook over medium heat for about 45 minutes (the leeks will cook down and the potatoes will become tender)
  • Puree the soup until it is smooth (you can use an immersion blender right in the pot, or transfer to a blender)
  • Stir in the cream.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Notes

Recipe adapted from "One Pot of the Day" by Kate McMillan for Williams Sonoma.

http://foodmarriage.com/2015/03/pureed-potato-soup-recipe.html

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Personalized Cutting Board – Great Bridal Shower Gift!

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Welcome back to Wedding Wednesday!! I love sharing all of the wedding-related ideas I have done myself or seen out at different events!

Whenever I have a bridal shower to go to, especially for a good friend, I try my best to give a unique gift and not just go off the registry. My friend Allison loves to bake, so because she spends a lot of time in the kitchen, I decided to get her something that could be both useful and decorative for her kitchen!

Custom Engraved Personalized Cutting Board

I found this personalized cutting board for her on Etsy from the Taylor Crafts Engraved shop. They have so many different styles, it was hard to choose!! But in the end I ended up going with a simple monogram style on a 12″ by 15″ cutting board with their names and wedding date. And then of course…what is a good gift without a great wrapping job?!

Cupcake Apron

Since Allison’s baking specialty is cupcakes, I found a really cute cupcake apron at Home Goods. I then wrapped the apron around the cutting board, tied it, and attached a personalized gift tag. It made an already special gift even more fun! She loved it!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

The Food Marriage Blog Soon to be Back in Action!

Food Marriage Back in Action

Okay! For real this time….Food Marriage is soon to be back in action!!! Yes, I admit, there’s been a lull in blog activity lately, but certainly not a lull in my life!! As you may know from a previous post, my husband and I were expecting! We recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world! Since she arrived, we have spent every moment possible with her! As I get ready to return back to work at my real job, I figured now was a good time to get back into my blogging routine as well. I always did do best when multitasking!

Stay tuned for lots of fun new posts – I have a lot of things saved up for Wedding Wednesdays! I’ve made some delicious new recipes in the past few months. AND now that I have a baby, I guess I can say I’m a Mommy Blogger now too!! Time to incorporate some baby posts!! YAY!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Mom to Be Monday: Breast Pump Covered By Insurance

Seriously – who doesn’t love saving money!?!?

I originally had the Medela Pump In Style Advanced – The Metro Bag on my baby registry. However, I found out through the grapevine by talking to friends and family that due to the Affordable Care Act, many insurance plans now cover breast pumps!!  What a huge savings, considering many of these breast pumps that come with all the accessories can retail upwards of $250 to $350!  Even though I wouldn’t have been paying for it myself and it would have most likely been purchased off the baby registry, by taking it off the registry, I was able to get many of my other necessities as gifts instead!

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump - The Metro Bag

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump – The Metro Bag

Now, by no means am I an insurance expert.  And I can tell you that each insurance company will be different  and may cover different amounts. Some may require a written prescription from your healthcare provider while others do not.  Some will cover the cost of the pump right up front, while others allow you to order your pump from any retailer and then submit for reimbursement.  I personally have an Independence Blue Cross Personal Choice plan and getting my breast pump was seamless!!

I started out by getting a prescription from my provider, which I ended up not needing!  But I thought it was good to have just in case, since I hadn’t done much research yet at that point.  Next, instead of calling my insurance company directly – I had actually gotten an advertisement from Babies R Us talking about their Breast Pump Solutions program.  They made it sound so easy, I had to call!

Basically, Breast Pump Solutions is a program that was developed by Babies R Us along with National Rehab (NR) to help make the process easier for moms to get their breast pumps through their health insurance.  All I had to do was call Breast Pump Solutions at 1-855-567-8669, give them my insurance information, and they took care of the rest!  They sent me some paperwork to sign and then the breast pump was shipped directly to my house from Babies R Us free of charge!

Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breastpump Starter Set

Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breastpump Starter Set

Here’s what my insurance specifically covered:

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breastpump Starter Set, which included a portable electric pump with 2-Phase expression technology, two medium breastshields, two breastmilk bottles, lids, and power adaptor.

I was also given the option to pay extra if I wanted to upgrade to the Medela Breast Pump Tote or the Medela Breast Pump Backpack, but I chose just to get the basic starter set.  Reason?  I figured I could register for any additional accessories – AND I would rather go shopping for a cuter bag to carry around all these breast pump supplies!!!  If you have any suggestions for cute (and affordable) breast pump bags….please let me know!!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Mom to Be Monday: We’re Expecting!

It’s been 7 long months since my last post. Kind of disappointing to me because I used to love updating the blog! But kind of exciting because there have been a few reasons why I haven’t posted recently…Mom to Be Monday: We're Expecting

Earlier this year I was enrolled in a 13 week course through Villanova University for Professional Human Resource Management. It was completely intense, required reading every night and really took up all of my free time. Afterwards, I signed up to take the PHR Exam which the course prepared me for, and happily passed in June!!!

Right in the middle of all of that classwork and exam prep, my husband and I got some other exciting news!!!!! WE’RE EXPECTING!!!!!  That’s right!  A little Baby Haggerty is on its way and we couldn’t be happier!!!

Needless to say, the first trimester was quite a new experience for me. I had heard you get really tired – but I wasn’t prepared for the exhaustion that I was about to experience. I would get home from work and literally be in bed 15 minutes later and be out for the night. I am counting myself lucky because I only got sick ONE time, but I was nauseous for a few weeks. Being nauseous combined with exhaustion lead to me literally not use the kitchen for a couple months straight. I didn’t necessarily have food cravings, but I did find myself craving a routine – one week I ate Froot Loops cereal every night for dinner for the entire week. (I don’t normally even eat cereal that much, so I have no idea where that came from!)

Now that I’m a little further along, my energy has returned, and I have been back in the kitchen too! When I started this blog, I always knew that Food Marriage would evolve with my life. It’s always been about Being Married, Having Fun, Loving Life, and Loving Food. Adding a baby to the mix is going to be so much fun for us, it will totally be the new love of our lives, and I’m sure we will spend every waking moment making sure it is fed and happy too! I am looking forward to sharing the journey!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage