So that movie Julie and Julia was inspiring for a few reasons: blogger makes good, and gets book deal; and regular person making stupendous food.  So, like the observant woman that she is, my mother caught on to this kick of mine and got me Julia's Kitchen Wisdom - a much less frightening Julia Child cookbook than the whole art of French cooking tome.

And behold my first creation: Potato and Leek soup.  Isn't it pretty?

Isn't it less pretty, but more delicious once it's been blended?  This recipe could not be more simple, and could not be more delicious.  Simple ingredients that just taste damned good together.  I made this before I acquired my stupendous immersion blender, so I can't wait to make it again with my new handy tool. 

The best part about this book is that it has little inset boxes (like a textbook) that give you instructions on the basic basics, like, how to clean and slice a leek.  Which is great for those of us like myself who grew up thinking leeks were mutated green onions, or if you're like my soon to be husband who thought that leeks were only in pipes.

I go through cravings for soup that I find hard to explain, and yet, am completely comfortable with this fact.  Don't question a good thing, right?

Jessica Bornstein
4/5/2010 15:55:38

This is lovely. How do you have time to be so crafty?


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