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The Most Wonderful Thyme of the Year (Ha! Ha-ha! Ohhh…) December 26, 2010

Filed under: Main Dishes,Soups, Sauces and Stews — Meg @ 10:32 am
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Well, I hope you all had a merry, if not decent Crimpsence. Unless you are non-denominational, other-denominational, and/or the kind of Atheist who is so stern, you cannot bring yourself to celebrate the warm, bustling joys of Crimpsence. Even I let my guard down around Crimpsence time, though. In light of that, I am here to post a recipe that I have been putting off for no particular reason for quite a while now. Leek fuckin’ soup (Boxing Day is my second favourite day to swear, besides Crimpsence Eve). I do realize that it’s been a good (bad?) amount of time since I’ve posted a recipe, but I suppose I figured that your families were already fattening you up like little woodland creatures, and you did not need my additional help. I’ve been stupendously busy myself (a week’s worth of 11 hour shifts at the bakery), cooking multiple turkeys, hams, and My Boss Gave Me A Chicken chickens. Very nice. I must admit that I’m at my wit’s end with poultry for the moment though, but will be renouncing that ailment on New Year’s, because I’m trying quail for the first time on that occasion. O, Glorious Eve!
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So, I will also essentially be using this post as a photodump for the day. Just because I feel like showing off the surplus of cooking-related-inspired Crimpsence gifts I received this year. Although, one of them is soaking in the sink right now, so you’ll have to console yourself in knowing that you will not be viewing a Paula Deen red and white porcelain roasting set today.
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VAS-Y!
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Leek fuckin’ Soup (with ‘tatoes)
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Ingredients
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3 Tbsp butter (I’m actually going to go out on a limb and say do not substitute bacon fat here)
1 tsp oil
2 leeks – sliced thinly in half-moons (make sure you clean them first though! I love grits but not in leek-foodstuffs)
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 Tbsp flour
3 cups chicken stock
4 medium sized potatoes – 1″ chunks (leave the skins on for VITAMINS and pretty)
1 heaping tsp summer savory
a pinch of nutmeg
a pinch each of salt and pepper
1 cup heavy cream (DO IT)
salt and pepper for seasoning
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Method
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In a good-sized pot (I used Old Red, enamel cast iron dutch oven), melt butter with oil over medium heat. Wait till the foam from the butter calms down, then add leeks, cook until wilted slightly, and bright green, add garlic, cook for 1 minute. Add 4 Tbsp flour, cook until “taste goes,” as my week-ago taken note says.¬† Cook a minute or two, stirring constantly so it doesn’t burn, until it turns a richer colour of yellow, it will taste ever-s0-slightly-nuttier, which is a good thing during the holidays. Next, gradually, while stirring, add chicken stock, until all is incorporated, and you do not have lumps. Bust out a whisk if necessary. Add potatoes, savory, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Cook till potatoes are tender, with the lid ajar, over medium-low heat. Remove about a cup of the potatoes. Stir in 1 cup heavy cream (yeaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh! Thanks to Jon for unknowingly buying the largest carton possible without me knowing, it proved very useful in my endeavors). Mash the reserved 1 cup of potatoes slightly (use a fork, just make them look ugly), then stir back into the soup. This aids in the thickening, as if the roux and heavy cream weren’t enough. Check for seasoning and serve! … I had some homemade bread, which I toasted and broiled cheese on top, then threw that on the soup. Sweet, calorific Jebus. YES.
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NOW TO BRAG ABOUT MY PRESENTS LIKE THE KNOW-IT-ALL FIVE YEAR OLD THAT I AM!
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BAM. Paula Deen Covered Casserole from my yiddle brother-in-law-kinda. Oh, the cans of mushroom soup that will inhabit this beast… Matches the PD ramekins he also gave me, and the roasting set from Yon.
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Some nice flavoured olive oils (Lemon, Basil, Chili, Rosemary, + Modena Balsamic Vinegar) from Mudder-in-law-kinda.
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A DELIGHTFUL stainless-steel mixing bowl/measuring utensils/cups set from other brudder-in-law-kinda!
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A glass covered-casserole set from same brudder-in-law! LASAGNE, anyone?
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Omfg jars for flour/sugars from mudder-in-law-kinda. SO HAPPY about these. I feel pro.
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A wine-making kit for Jon from my mumma!
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The wine rack Jon received from me, plus the multiple (THERE ARE MORE that wouldn’t fit!) wines we received.
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Mo’fuckin’ cake caddy from Gramma! Now my cat cannot eat them when I’m not looking!
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Without cake, she is forced to eat Crimpsence lights.
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One of two antique hook hangers (other is yellow tulips) my aunt Jo gave me!
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My new apron-hanger! heh heh. Canada geese! My mom made this a long time ago! From Aunt Jo.
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From Aunt Jo, a willow basket my mom made years ago, filled with goodies (now fruit,etc)! The cast-iron muffin tin (muffin cast irons?) it in was a prezzie from Daddhu. It is SO old and SO heavy! But I plan to make corn muffins in them anyhow. Luh dis.
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Our little Crimpsence tree, adorned with the gentile-looking Herbie, Fat Bird to Rule Them All.
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Another fat bird to rule them all. Just one of the fowl that I cooked this year… This was for my work Crimpsence dinrar. 22 lbs!
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Okay, this post is long enough. I’m going to make more coffee.
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Merry Boxing Day, all!
megohm, over and out!

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