Potato-Leek Soup and Chicken Salad
When I realized how little was going into the potato-leek soup I made last night, I became a bit skeptical. (Just a bit, though—this was a Julia Child recipe, after all.) 3 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts only. 3 cups peeled, cubed baking potatoes. 6 cups water (not stock!). 1½ teaspoons salt. You just throw everything into a pot, bring to a simmer, cook until everything's soft (20 to 30 minutes) and puree. All done. You can taste and add more salt and maybe some pepper if you like, but that's it.
I served this with chicken salad nestled in leaves of Boston lettuce. Though it was a very light, ladies-who-lunch kind of meal, the men did not revolt. They did, however, ask for seconds.
Both recipes come fromJulia's Kitchen Wisdom; click over to [link href="http://dailywd.womansday.com/blog/2009/08/dinner-diary-lunch-crepes-and-cookbook-giveaway.html" link_updater_label="external" target="_blank"]my Monday post
The chicken salad was good, too, chock full of walnuts, minced onion and celery. First I mixed 3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast, salt and pepper to taste, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, ½ cup diced celery, ¼ cup minced red onion and ½ cup chopped walnuts. Cover and refrigerate at least 20 minutes (and up to overnight). Drain any accumulated liquid, then add ¼ cup chopped parsley, ½ teaspoon tarragon leaves and 1/3 cup mayonnaise.
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