It's cold and gray outside. Thanksgiving break has just begun. All I want is tea, soup... more tea, more soup. I made this potato, leek & cabbage soup yesterday and oh it's good (tootin' my own horn). Comfort soup for sure. (NOTE: I do realize that my pic shows scallions and not leeks ~ yesterday I had to improvise. I've made it with leeks before and they're so much better than scallions, so do use leeks.)
Potato, Leek & Cabbage Soup | A Comfort Soup
- 6 tbsp. butter
- 3 leeks, white and light green parts, chopped
- dash salt
- 4 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
- 4 whole allspice
- 2 bay leaves
- 3/4 tsp. thyme leaves
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 6 small yellow potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite size pieces
- 1/2 small head of cabbage, chopped into bite size pieces
- 3 cans chicken broth
- 1 cup heavy cream
In a stock pot on medium high heat, soften the leeks in butter with a dash of salt. Cook for about 5 minutes, adding garlic at the end. Add the chicken broth, potatoes, cabbage and spices. Bring to boil for about 5 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender. Reduce heat to low. Add the heavy cream and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove whole allspice and bay leaves, then enjoy. ~
Now, I have a monumental finish to show you and I'm so happy about it ~
This started out as "a quilt for me" back in May of 2011. I excitedly cut all those squares from my fave fabrics, pieced them together, and began hand-quilting. I did pretty well for a while, but then on a whim decided to quilt a few lines with my sewing machine ~ and hated the way that looked. I tucked the unfinished quilt away for another year. Then one day Livi "needed" it to built a fort and I let her use it ~ unfinished and still stuck with safety pins.
All in all, a full 2 1/2 years later, I decided enough is enough. Late one night, I cut off the excess batting, trimmed the backing material, folded it to the front (securing with my fabric glue stick), and stitched that "back to front" binding with the sewing machine. It all went by sooo fast. I still can't believe I finished it that way. I'm still not sure I won't change it someday. But everytime I see the quilt on Livi's bed, I'm so happy it's done and she loves it, too.
It hasn't helped in getting Olivia to stay in her own bed, though. Everyone, apparently, is most comfortable in mine ~ by morning the bed is overflowing. Now, who was I kidding? A quilt for me? Maybe next time.