Cream of Potato with Parmesan
One day in class I roped myself into making a soup for my students. I was illustrating some point about paragraphing, and I made reference to a soup I had recently made. Some of the students were surprised that I cooked, and when I told them of my blog posting of Tuesdays With Soup, many of them didn’t quite believe me. I allowed one student to go quickly online to look up my page and to search for Tuesdays With Soup. Well there it was! The students were impressed and asked me to make a soup for them. I suggested that we make a bet about some class material I was about to introduce in class that they had been assigned to do as homework. If I was sufficiently convinced that they had done their work, I would make them some soup.
The class consists of 26 interesting, bright, focused men and women, so I was ultimately pleased to make for them a soup I hadn’t made in a very long time: Cream of Potato with Parmesan.
4 lbs yellow potatoes, peeled and cut into uneven chunks
6 cups vegetable stock
6 cups half and half
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 lb cooked bacon
For a roux:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 all purpose flour
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp rubbed sage
1/4 tsp Lowry Salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Put vegetable stock and potatoes into a large pan; bring to a boil.
Put butter and flour in a sauce pan, over a small flame. Stir constantly.
Keep stirring until the mixture becomes an evenly combined doughy paste.
Slowly add spices to the paste while still stirring.
(The longer you stir the better it tastes.)
Add the roux to the simmering potatoes; keep stirring.
Bring the simmer to a boil, for two minutes.
Return to simmer for a few minutes.
Add the half and half.
(Taste and add any of the spices if they are not fully presented. Add sparingly.)
Add the parmesan slowly, stirring.
Serve with bacon on the side for those who wish to add some meat to the soup.
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A Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup
2 tbs olive oil
1½ lbs beef chuck, cubed
1 large yellow onion, diced
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
1 small zucchini
1 cup carrots, julienned
1 15 oz can chicken broth
2 15 oz can tomato sauce
2 tbs dried oregano
1 cup wild rice, pre-cooked
Brown beef in olive oil.
Add onions; sweat until transparent.
Add mushrooms, zucchini, and carrots.
Add chicken broth and tomato sauce.
Bring to the boil; lower to simmer.
Simmer for 1 hour.
Simmer 15 minutes more.
Stir in rice.
Remove from heat for 5 minutes.
Serve with parmesan.
Bread and scallions make a nice addition.
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A Drawing I Like
Works by Miguel Covarrubias (1904-57)
Covarrubias was famous for his caricatures, many of which appeared in the 1930s and 40s in Vanity Fair
Covarrubias was marginally involved with the Harlem Renaissance. Here are some of his “Negro Drawings.”
Countee Cullen noted Covarrubias’s limited Harlem subjects, but also admitted that Covarrubias was especially gifted in capturing “the illusion of movement.”
He illustrated a Langston Hughes book, and Hughes said that Covarrubias was the only artist he had ever met whose drawings of blacks “have a ‘Blues touch about them.’”