If you following many food blogs, you're sure to hear bloggers talking about the wonderful friends they've made through the blogging community. You won't hear any differently here. I can honestly say some of my best friends are my fellow food bloggers. And today, one of my friends is hurting. She's suffered a loss she never should've suffered. An unexpected loss. One that turned her world upside down. It isn't fair.
I want to give her a hug and tell her everything will be okay, but I'm not close enough to hug her and I can't tell her everything will be okay. How do you tell someone something like that when a life-long constant is gone? How?
If you're like me, you cook. You put a big pot of something on the stove and let it simmer away until it feels right. You bring the only bit of comfort you can through belly-warming food made with love. You hope it's a small consolation at an otherwise topsy-turvy time.
So, my friend, this is for you. It's made with care and love and thoughts of peace and healing. I hope it helps.
adapted from epicurious
3 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-in. pieces
9-10 c. low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
3 large leeks (white and pale green parts only), chopped
1 1/2 c. half and half cream
1/4 c. minced fresh chives or green onion tops
2 TBSP minced fresh basil or 2 tsp. dried, crumbled
1-2 TBSP minced fresh dill or 1-1 1/2 tsp. dried dillweed
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt, plus more to taste
fresh black pepper, to taste
hot pepper sauce, to taste
chopped fresh chives, green onion tops, or dill sprigs, to garnish
1. Bring first 10 ingredients to boil in heavy large pot or Dutch oven over high heat. Boil 15 minutes.
2. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until potatoes are very tender and soup thickens slightly, about 30 minutes.
3. Using an immersion blender, puree soup to desired consistency. Alternately, carefully puree soup in a blender 2 c. at a time. Season with additional salt, pepper, and hot pepper sauce.
4. Ladle soup into bowls. Garnish, if desired, and serve with love.