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Southern Coasts

May, 2004
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Potato Soup
Not vichyssoise, not potato and leek, but a new twist on this month's harvest.

4 medium potatoes, cooked and diced with skins on
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 large onion, sliced
1 bunch shallots or green onions, sliced
2 sprigs of parsley
1 can broth (beef or vegetable)
1/2 can water
4 grinds fresh pepper
1/2 teaspoon chopped chives
1/2 cup cream or half and half
nutmeg (optional)

Boil potatoes, dice, and set aside. In a large pan, melt butter and add onions. Cook until soft, then add parsley and broth. Stir in potatoes, water, and pepper and simmer for half an hour.

Mash potatoes into the vegetable mixture while simmering. Blend the soup until thick and creamy. You can store it at this point and finish right before serving.

To finish, warm the soup, then add chives and cream and heat thoroughly, but do not boil. Serve with fresh nutmeg grated on top, if desired.


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