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Just Like Mom Used to Make

by Meghann on November 29, 2011

My mom hates to cook.

Ok, that’s a lie.

She just doesn’t prefer it.

My dad was always the cook in the family and my mom never stood in his way. More power to him – right, Mom? πŸ˜‰

However, on the very rare occasion that my mom did pull my dad away from the kitchen, she had a few staple meals that she liked to make and she made them well. She was always the one to prep the lasagna, no holiday is complete without her famous cheeseball, and I’ll always remember the big pots of leek potato soup that always warmed my belly.


It’s been a couple of years since I’ve had leek soup, but when I saw a big bunch of leeks at the store this weekend, I knew I had to try and make a big pot just like mom used to make.

Only mine was a tad different. πŸ˜‰

I started with a base of chopped leeks that I gently sauteed on medium heat for 10 minutes while being very careful to keep them from browning. (browned leeks = burnt leeks)


Then I added one regular potato and one sweet potato (my twist)


And covered it all with 2 cups of vegetable broth and 2 cups of 2% milk (another twist)


I brought everything to a boil, then back to a simmer for 30 minutes. When the potatoes were soft I blended it with my hand blender and seasoned with salt, pepper, and fresh parsley.


Soup perfection.


Dinner’s ready!


I topped my bowl with some cheese and fresh parsley.


The soup was creamy and filling. Each bite warmed my soul. Still not as great as what mom used to make, but I thought I came pretty close. πŸ™‚


For the side, I baked an easy batch of cornbread using the recipe off of the bag of cornmeal. The results were very fluffy and almost cake like.


A piece of Dole Dark Chocolate found its way in my stomach for dessert.



Maddie has a new cousin!!!

Say hello to Presley!


My brother and his fiance brought the adorable pup home this afternoon. He’s a 10-lb 15wk old hypo-allergenic (they’re both allergic) miniature schnauzer. I haven’t even met him yet and I’m already in love. πŸ™‚

And I know Maddie can’t wait to play with him either. πŸ˜‰

That makes a total of 4 grandpuppies for my parents. Can you tell we’re dog people?!

1 mindy @ just a one girl revolution. November 29, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Cute puppy alert! He looks so happy!
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2 Sana November 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Your fur family is growing πŸ™‚
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3 Amanda @ Let Me Be Whats Underneath November 29, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Yumm—looks good!
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4 michelle November 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm

awwww what a cutie
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5 Chef Katelyn November 29, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Any leeks = delicious in my belly leeks

6 jodie November 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Oh my the soup looks delish. I have been craving soup, this is one i will have to
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7 CheezyK November 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm

That sounds delicious. Off to change my fruit & veg order now so that I have leek and sweet potato for the weekend … (phew, I thought leeks might have been out of season here in Aus but our farmers are still delivering them so all okay πŸ™‚ )

Your brother’s new puppy is adorable. Our big boy went to puppy pre-school with a mini schnauzer, they’ve got a great personality!
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8 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 29, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Aw, what a cutie! I joke with my parents (except I’m not really joking) that their only grandkids (at least from me) will be dogs. Lucky them, they get to babysit her for the next 5 days while we head down to Florida. Just what every grandparent wants πŸ™‚
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9 Mallory @ It's Only Life November 29, 2011 at 11:12 pm

you are such a natural cook! i love the way you season everything (so important when it comes to food!) and how you’re not afraid to improvise. the soup looks phenomenal!:D
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10 November 29, 2011 at 11:22 pm

It wouldn’t be you unless you tweeked something! LOL New cousin pup is adorable!! That I know of I have never had leeks. Eventually I will try them.

11 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 29, 2011 at 11:25 pm

I am not a dog person, and I’m okay with that. But that pup is cute!

Your soup looks awesome!
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12 Deva @ Deva by Definition November 29, 2011 at 11:36 pm

The leek soup looks delicious!
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13 Kiran @ November 30, 2011 at 12:24 am

That soup sure looks delicious! Your mom is so lucky, you dad is the cook!! πŸ˜€
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14 Shannon November 30, 2011 at 3:12 am

If your family loves dogs so much, why didn’t they adopt a dog?

Also, the level of dog allergen in homes with hypoallergenic dogs does not differ from other homes with dogs.

15 Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep November 30, 2011 at 8:39 am

I don’t see where she said they didn’t adopt it.
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16 Gretchen @ Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! November 30, 2011 at 10:08 am

While it’s true that there’s not really such a thing as a completely hypo-allergenic dog, schnauzers don’t shed, they grow hair continuously much like humans do. And not-shedding helps contain the dander (found on the skin) anyway, so it’s more likely you’d have fewer and less severe reactions.
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17 Coco November 30, 2011 at 6:12 am

Soup looks great! and oh my that puppy is adorable!
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18 Lauren November 30, 2011 at 6:58 am

My mom is the same way. She would rotate between 4 or 5 different dishes every week. I can still taste them, LoL. Spaghetti, Chicken Stir Fry, Tuna Noodle Casserole and Chicken and Rice. All of which usually started with a can of cambells condensed soup.
Your soup looks great! I’ve never cooked with leeks but they sound good.

19 Carly (Swim, Run, Om) November 30, 2011 at 7:28 am

You know I had to comment on a post with a schnauzer picture in it! They are fantastic dogs. Tell his new mom and dad to raise him with a firm hand — schnauzers can be very bossy and have a mind of their own. Even today I can still practically see Bowser’s thought process: “Hmm, she said to sit, but do I want to? Should I listen?” (He eventually does, but he’s a mischievous little guy.)

And that soup looks good … my mom made potato soup with our leftovers after Thanksgiving, and I’ve been craving it ever since I came back home. I think I might make your recipe this weekend.
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20 Army Amy* November 30, 2011 at 7:53 am

Do you think that it would come out the same if I used my blender? Or would that just make a big ol mess?*
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21 Emily November 30, 2011 at 8:01 am

That soup looks AMAZING. Definitely need to make some soup this winter. I only did once last year, and it was kind of a fail. I can always try again!

The pup is adorable!
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22 Katherine November 30, 2011 at 8:07 am

Not to be a jerk but did you know that the hypoallergenic thing is a myth? No dog is actually hypoallergenic (it’s a placebo effect). A recent study found that “hypoallergenic” dogs produce just as much dander as other dogs.

23 Hope November 30, 2011 at 8:47 am

Oh my! That puppy is the cutest thing ever!! I can’t wait until I have a pup of my own! πŸ™‚
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24 Carolina @ Peas in a Blog November 30, 2011 at 9:02 am

Aw he looks just like my Rocco! Schnauzers are awesome!
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25 Amanda November 30, 2011 at 9:19 am

Your soup looks really good! It’s been far too long since I made a leek soup.

Presley is so adorable! My parents adopted a 5 year old mini schnauzer mix (brought up to MA from Georgia!) and he is such a great dog. Very well-behaved and loves to sit on your lap.
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26 Cat @Breakfast to Bed November 30, 2011 at 9:38 am

I don’t think you can have too many dogs.

wait, I take that back–I’ve seen “animal hoarder” on animalplanet. If you find poop in your bed, you have too many.
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27 Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe November 30, 2011 at 9:59 am

Mmmm that soup sounds/looks delicious. I can’t wait to get an immersion blender so I can start soupin’ it up!
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28 Gretchen @ Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! November 30, 2011 at 10:02 am


29 Cait's Plate November 30, 2011 at 10:50 am

That whole bowl just looks so comforting. It was rainy and gross here yesterday and would have been PERFECT!

30 Jamie @ FoodinRealLife November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

Hey Meghann, how many leeks did you use? I never really used them before so I don’t know if I would be able to eyeball the amount. This looks like a great and super easy soup so I’d love to try it. Thanks!
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31 Meghann November 30, 2011 at 11:11 am

I chopped one whole leek. I would say it was about a cup total? Give or take.

32 Jamie @ FoodinRealLife November 30, 2011 at 11:13 am

Thank you!

33 Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} November 30, 2011 at 11:44 am

Potato soup is one of my all time favorite comfort soups! I love the addition of the sweet potato. And congrats on the new pup in the family! Presley is adorable!
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34 Aleyta November 30, 2011 at 11:46 am

My husband is the cook in the family too!!!
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35 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine November 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm

That soup looks fantastic!!
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36 Alaina November 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Aww, that pup is adorable!

I love making soup. I just made a minestrone soup that just warmed the soul. πŸ˜› I like making my mom’s chili too.
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37 Jessica November 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm

That soup looks yummy! I must try to make it!
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