Soup Sunday: Creamy leek soup with shoestring potatoes & fried rosemary

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Soup Sunday club goin UP...... on a Tuesday!

Before we dive into this creamy, leeky (cuz that's a word) bowl of farts I mean deliciousness.. I'd like to take a second to share some seriousness.

I think everyone around the world stopped last Friday night when deadly attacks started taking place in Paris. I'm sure many watched on, like I did, horrified while the terror was still happening and unfolding before us on TV. 

It's one of those events that immediately strips away all of our differences... our nationalities, political views, skin colors, religions, genders, sexual orientations, all of it, and reminds us that we are all human. That life is so, so very precious. And that there is one thing that will always bring us together... love.

So here's to love and peace and spreading it all over the world.


I have a confession about this soup.

I feel I can't share this recipe with you without also informing you of it's powers. Even if they are a little bit...... gross.
Andddd you might not want to make this anymore but WHATEVA, I'm an honest gal!

I confess that after I ate this soup I had some seriously smelly gas.

Like Hadley yelling, "MAMA FARTED! EW MAMA!" all day kinda gas.

I even had to google "do leeks cause gas" because I was like WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME?!

And yes they do.

Along with onions and garlic and cream. Which are also in this recipe.

Sooooo there's that.

Now let's make some more Leek outcha butt soup, shall we?!

(I realize no one is gonna make this now but it really is tasty and I'm proud so I'm gonna share anyways OKAY?!!!!)

------ What you need ------

6 leeks, white and pale green parts only
1 small onion
5 garlic cloves
1 small russet potato
1/2 cup unsalted butter
salt and pepper
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
vegetable oil

------ What you do -------

Start by prepping all your veggies.

Chop the dark green parts of the leek off and throw them away. Chop the white and light green parts down the middle lengthwise and then rinse all the sand out under the faucet. Once the sand is all gone, thinly chop the rest of the leek.

Leeks have sand in them? Yeah, I had no idea either.

Dice the onion and thinly slice the garlic.

For the potato, dice half for the soup and save the other half for the shoestring potato topping.
Chop that half into skinny matchsticks.

Melt the butter in a medium-sized pot on medium heat. Add the leeks, onion, garlic and diced potatoes. Add salt and pepper to your liking. Cook on medium heat until everything softens, about 7 minutes. Try not to let any of the vegetables brown while softening by stirring often to get a nice white soup.

Once the vegetables are soft, add a cup and a half of water and continue cooking for 25-30 minutes. Everything should be very tender at this point.

Take the soup and blend with the cream and whole milk until smooth in a blender or with an emersion blender.

In a large pan for frying, heat about an inch and a half of vegetable oil over medium heat. Drop your matchstick potatoes in and fry until they begin to brown and float. Toss the rosemary in for a few seconds. It bubbles up like crazy. I've never fried herbs before but it was definitely fun!!!

And lastly, assemble!

It very much reminds me of mashed potatoes but in soup form.
Creamy, garlicy and delicious. 

So, good luck and fart on my friends.


Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit

Pinspired: Thanksgiving Eats

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Since we're moving soon I've been on Pinterest like a mad woman looking at ideas for playrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, paint colors, EVERYTHING. But there's one problem with Pinterest these days..

I keep getting sidelined by all the FOOD. 

With Thanksgiving coming up in a few weeks there are so many amazing recipes floating around so I wanted to share some of the ones that peaked my (p)interest.

 Pumpkin Pie by Sally's Baking Addiction

Obviously dessert is a big part of the holidays and I'm hoping to bake my first pie sometime this season. It's on the bucket list so we'll see how dat ish goes.

Creamy butternut squash alfredo pasta by Joyful Healthy Eats

So creamy. And bacon. Yes.

Pumpkin loaf with butterscotch streusel topping by Vikalinka

You had me at streusel.

Cranberry pepper jelly by Life with the Crust Cut Off

Spicy jelly and cream cheese is pretty much the best thing on Earth. And highly, highly addictive.

Pumpkin sugar cookies with cinnamon cream cheese frosting by Cooking Classy

Turkey theme pancakes by Betty Crocker

Love a theme breakfast!!!!

Pumpkin pecan cobbler by Lauren's Latest

This looks DIVINE.

Bourbon maple glazed carrots by Cooking and Beer

I've never cooked with liquor before but I think this would be a good start. 

Turkey Enchiladas by Gimme Some Oven

Turkey leftovers for the win!!!!!!

And now I'm hungry. 

Here's to the holidays!!!!

We is moving y'all!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

So in the last 6ish months we had a baby, got married and now we're adding one more life changing event before the year is over because apparently it just hasn't been crazy enough.

We are MOVING!

We've definitely had some ups and downs with our living situation in the last 3 years so Josh and I are both really excited to settle in a home where we can raise our family for years and years to come.

Honestly, I feel like we made the decision to move a few weeks ago, found a house we liked online a few days later, saw it a few days after that and it was done. It's been an insanely fast process.

DC has been so wonderful and we have so many great memories in this city. 

I can't wait to tell my girls all about how they we're born and brought home in Washington, DC, rode the metro and played in their concrete backyard like true city kids. I'll also tell them all about the 3 and 4 stories I lugged them up and down with all the shit that comes with taking care of two kids on the go. My worst nightmare is coming home from the grocery store with both the babies passed out and 8 heavy ass bags to carry up. 

But soon we'll be saying BUH BYE to those stairs, PRAISE HIS LIGHT, and moving into our country jungle forest in Crownsville, Maryland.

The house is buried in the woods with a nice cleared yard for the kiddos to play in. I am so PUMPED about having a big backyard!!!! Not to mention 10 acres to explore on our new 4 wheeler!!!!! I gotta figure out how to drive one of those things...... LOOK OUT NOW.

We'll be moving out at the end of the month, just in time to move in and decorate for Christmas! I still don't really believe it's happening.. We keep saying it's not official until we get the keys so hopefully that actually happens this time around! Time to get packin.

Here's a few pictures I took at the place yesterday...

We miiiiight need a leaf blower, no?

I'll keep you updated as the process moves along.

I am so excited to decorate and settle in to this place you have NO IDEA. I'm already envisioning tree house plans so that's happening!!!!!! *Hint hint, Ed Thompson*

I hope November is treating you all well! Talk soon.


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