01 February 2016

Taste Creations: Leeks!

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This month we are featuring the lovely LEEK. Leeks belong to the onion family and differ in that the leek forms a loose set of leaves around a stalk, instead of packing tightly together like onion. Therefore it is easy for dirt and sand to get trapped in the leaves. Soaking leeks helps remove the trapped dirt and sand. Leeks are one of the national emblems of Wales and is used extensively in that country's cooking.  Today I made for you a soup with frozen leeks. I love having a bag of leeks in my freezer ready to go. Leeks are easily grown, so to freeze the excess means you can have your own leeks ready for you at a moments notice. It does not take long for leeks to thaw.

Winter Vegetable Soup

by Terri Steffes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
Ingredients (4 servings)
  • 6 c water
  • 3 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 t salt
  • 2 medium yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 bag frozen leeks, thawed
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 2 medium turnips (8 ounces) or 1⁄2 rutabaga, peeled and cut into 1/4 -inch wedges
  • 2 bok choy, sliced in half length-wise
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • fresh ground black pepper
In a large heavy saucepan, bring the water, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, and salt to a boil. Add the vegetables and garlic and simmer, half covered, until the vegetables are very tender, about 30 to 35 minutes. Pepper liberally.
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