Farm-Fresh

Tiny potatoes!

Sean and I went to the farmer’s market last Tuesday to check off one of our summer list items: make tasty foods from farm-fresh finds. I had made a sausage, red potato, and kale soup last winter, so when I saw these tiny little potatoes nestled next to some fresh leeks and the most gorgeous, picture-perfect purple kale, I had a stroke of inspiration.

Farm-Fresh Leek, Potato, and Kale Soup

2 leeks, rinsed and sliced in 1/4 in. slices

4 leaves purple kale, rinsed, stemmed, and sliced

3 cups tiny red potatoes, or regular red potatoes sliced into tiny bits

17 oz fat-free and reduced sodium chicken broth

1.5 pints water

4 shakes chipotle

Salt and pepper to taste.

(The odd water and chicken broth measurements are because I used leftover chicken broth from the buffalo chicken stored in a large Fage yogurt container, which is about 17 oz. What might work better is to use one of the boxes of chicken broth that you can get at the grocery store.)

1. Sauté the leeks in olive oil in a 5 qt. Dutch oven (or large pot) until soft.

2. Add potatoes and cover with chicken broth and water. Add more chicken broth and/or water until the potatoes are completely covered.

3. Bring to a boil and cover pot. Reduce heat and simmer for ten minutes or until potatoes are soft.

4. Add kale and cover the pot. Steam for five minutes or until kale is still crunchy but soft.

5. Add chipotle, salt, and pepper and stir.

Homemade focaccia.

Serve the soup with a crusty bread or focaccia. I like to make my hacked version of focaccia:

1. Make one serving of pizza dough (I use half whole wheat, half white flour).

2. Once the dough is ready, start to stretch it out into a pizza shape, but stop halfway.

3. Create dimples by poking your fingers into the top and brush them with olive oil. Don’t be stingy with the olive oil.

4. Shake on herbs and spices of your choice. I use oregano and red pepper flakes or paprika, but almost anything will be delicious.

5. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

It serves about two people. Yum!

P.S. Happy two-year anniversary to my sister and brother-in-law! They are both my favorite people, and I miss them every day we are not hangin’ out drinking good beer and playing games (like charades…I might skip the corn hole with them next time).

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