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.

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CSA Cooking: Roasted Delicata Squash

My weekly produce pickups at my local CSA are still going strong! I have definitely seen the transition from summer vegetables to winter vegetables like hearty greens and winter squashes. Recently, I came across a new squash I had never heard of before: Delicata Squash. What a pretty name!

Delicata Squash @FoodMarriage

I did some research on the Delicata Squash and found out that since it does not have an extremely hard skin like other winter squashes, you can actually eat the skin. That certainly makes it quicker and easier to prepare!!

Roasted Delicata Squash Recipe @FoodMarriage

My first attempt at this squash came out a little on the bland side, so don’t be afraid to be bold with your salt and pepper!!

Roasted Delicata Squash

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Serves 4 people

Roasted Delicata Squash

Ingredients

  • 2 Delicata Squash
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Cut the ends off your squash and then cut in half lengthwise.
  • Using a spoon, scoop out all of the seeds. Scrape the inside with the spoon to be sure to thoroughly clean it out.
  • Keep the skin on and slice your squash into 1/4 inch pieces (they will turn out to be half moon shapes because you scooped out the insides).
  • Toss your squash in a bowl with some olive oil, salt and pepper. (Give it a good stir with a spoon or toss with your hands)
  • Pour the squash onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake in 400° for about 25-30 minutes until squash is tender.
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Gluten Free Friday: Roasted Zucchini & Carrot Sticks

I love my farm fresh veggies!!  Here’s a really easy way to cook up zucchini and carrots and create a lot of flavor!  My trick for tasty vegetables is to cut them into sticks, then add any spices I can get my hands on, and then roast in the oven!

Roasted Carrot Sticks Recipe @FoodMarriage

If you are cooking the zucchini and the carrots at the same time, I recommend splitting them up onto two different baking sheets.  I found that the carrots took about 10 minutes longer than the zucchini since they were a bit harder.  Having them on two different trays makes it easier to just pull out one at a time from the oven.

Roasted Zucchini Sticks Recipe @FoodMarriage

Roasted Zucchini and Carrot Sticks

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Roasted Zucchini and Carrot Sticks

Ingredients

  • 1 lb carrots
  • 1 lb zucchini
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion Salt
  • Celery Salt
  • Italian Seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Cover two different baking sheets with foil.
  • Peel and cut your carrots into sticks.
  • Cut your zucchini into sticks.
  • Toss the vegetables in a bowl with a little olive oil so the sticks are lightly coated.
  • Lay your vegetables flat onto the baking sheets (I recommend splitting it up with the carrots on one tray and the zucchini on the other tray since they have slightly different baking times)
  • Sprinkle your vegetables with different spices. I used salt, pepper, onion salt, celery salt, and Italian seasoning. If you think it smells good and would work well with the vegetables, add it!
  • Base in 400° oven. The zucchini should be in for about 20 minutes and the carrots should be in for about 30 minutes.
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Gluten Free Friday: Mashed Cauliflower

This recipe will totally surprise you!  It will make you feel like you are a restaurant chef!!  I’m not kidding…one taste of this mashed cauliflower that I made had me saying WOW over and over again!

Mashed Cauliflower Recipe @FoodMarriage

I adapted this recipe from the Wheat Belly Cookbook while searching for some new gluten free side ideas.  The cream cheese made it really rich and putting it in the blender made it light and airy.  It makes a great substitute for potatoes if you are looking for something a little different.

Mashed Cauliflower

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Mashed Cauliflower

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Cut your cauliflower into smaller pieces.
  • Steam your cauliflower until it is tender (insert a fork to see if it comes out easily). You will want to be sure it is very soft.
  • Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. For a light and fluffy texture, blend on a high speed.

Notes

This recipe was adapted from the "Wheat Belly Cookbook."

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CSA Cooking: Cucumber & Zucchini Salad in a Lemon Vinaigrette

This week, I got two pounds of zucchini and two pounds of cucumbers from our local CSA.  With such a large quantity, I decided to make two different salads with these vegetables!!

Cucumber Zucchini Salad Recipe @FoodMarriage

The first recipe I attempted was something I adapted from Cristina Ferrare’s “Big Bowl of Love” cookbook.  I have made three of her recipes before…all with great results: Smashed Yukon Gold Potatoes, Chunky Chocolate Raisin Walnut Cookies, and Rigatoni with Broccoli & Chicken in a Garlic Olive Oil Sauce.

For this recipe, I got to use my fresh cucumbers and zucchini from the farm AND some fresh herbs that I snipped from farm’s herb garden!  The lemon vinaigrette made with the fresh mint, dill, and parsley was so refreshing!

Cucumber and Zucchini Salad in a Lemon Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: One large platter.

Cucumber and Zucchini Salad in a Lemon Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • Feta cheese
  • Glazed Walnuts
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  • Slice your cucumbers and zucchini using a mandolin slicer (use the thinnest setting possible).
  • Display your cucumbers and zucchini on a serving platter, laying one piece on top of each other and alternating the cucumbers and zucchini.
  • Mix the olive oil, vinegar, juice from half a lemon, mint, dill and parsley together. (I used a food processor just to mix it really well)
  • Drizzle your dressing over the cucumbers and zucchini.
  • Sprinkle as much feta cheese and walnuts as you would like over top of the cucumbers and zucchini. Sprinkle salt and pepper to season.

Notes

This salad makes for a great presentation!

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