I also start to want to cook belly fillin', rib stickin' comfort food. A lot.
It's finally cold here in the midwest, and cold nights mean SOUP! I love soup, don't you? An easy and delicious soup I enjoy can be found in Julia Child's The Art of French Cooking cookbook. Nothing tastes better with this leek and potato soup than a
beautiful glass of wine. I chose a sweet Sofia Rose (2011, Francis Coppola, Monterey) because A) it's what I had in my house, and 3) I like it.
Not to mention, D) it comes in a super pretty bottle ;-)
I am interested in wine, but I am not a wine expert and I am just beginning to understand much of the wine jargon the experts use. I guess what I'm saying is I likes what I likes.
Deal with it wine snobs.
If you're interested, this particular bottle of Sofia Rose can be found in the wine section at my favorite store, Target, (they have EVERYTHING!) for around $15....but you should choose what you like to accompany your own piping hot bowl of this amazingly
Here's the recipe:
Potage Parmentier (Leek and Potato Soup)
(Source: Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, Simone Beck)
A 3 to 4 quart saucepan or pressure cooker
3 to 4 cups or 1lb. peeled potatoes, sliced or diced
3 cups or 1 lb thinly sliced leeks including the tender green (or yellow onions)
2 quarts of water
1 Tb. salt
4 to 6 Tb whipping cream or 2 to 3 Tb softened butter
2 to 3 Tb minced parsley or chives
Either simmer the vegetables, water, and salt together, partially covered for 40 to 50 minutes until the vegetables are tender; or cook under 15 pounds pressure for 5 minutes, release pressure, and simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes.
Mash the vegetables in the soup with a fork, or pass the soup through a food mill. Correct seasoning. Set aside until just before serving, and then reheat to simmer.
Off heat, just before serving, stir in the cream or butter by spoonfuls. Pour into bowls and decorate with herbs.
And voila! A simple, homey, winter tummy warmer!