Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Another CSA Box, Birthday Celebrations, Tasty Leek Soup and More…

On Friday, we got another CSA box.

We got:
  • Apples
  • Plums
  • Oranges
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Green beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Radishes
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Spinach
  • Rapini
  • Cilantro
I used the spinach, peppers, and radishes right away in a salad, which I simply dressed with olive oil, Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar, salt, and pepper. I also added half an avocado to the salad. It tasted very fresh and good.

We also celebrated the toddler’s birthday some more over the weekend. 

Bday 02

At his party, we had a balloon artist. His favorite balloon was a dinosaur, which he “rode” all over the restaurant… Smile Balloons 01

He also had fun playing in the indoor play structure. 

Bday 01

On his birthday, I got to spend the day at preschool with him. I wish I could be a preschool student again… We had SOOO much fun! 

Paint 01

We finally got the first rain of the season on Sunday and managed to find some puddles...

Rain 01

Colder weather means soups to me, and I used the leeks, potatoes, and some of the cilantro from the CSA box to make a soup.

Leek Potato Soup with Cilantro and Blue Cheese

  • Leeks (I used 3)
  • Potatoes (I used about 5 small ones)
  • Garlic (I used 4 cloves)
  • Cilantro (about 4 or 5 stems)
  • Vegetable stock (about 6 cups)
  • 2 Blue Cheese Laughing Cow Cheese wedges (I didn’t have any other cheese, but they worked great and added just the right amount of kick)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
What To Do:
  1. Cut leeks, potatoes, garlic, and cilantro (keep some to garnish the soup) into small pieces and sauté in olive oil for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add vegetable stock, and cook veggies for about 15 – 20 minutes.
  3. Puree soup with immersion blender and add blue cheese wedges. Puree some more.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with some cilantro.
  5. Enjoy! Smile 

I served the soup with grilled cheese sandwiches.

Questions: What’s your favorite soup? I love pretty much all soups, but tomato soup made with homegrown tomatoes is probably my favorite. What are some of your favorite things you have been eating lately? I’m still obsessed with pumpkin…

Be well,


  1. oh what a fun birthday celebration! my favorite soup is homemade minestrone!

  2. Now that I'm back in Philly, I could really use a CSA subscription. I'm still eating off some veggies from garden back home though, which is nice, and visiting farmer's markets as much as possible. I love potato leek soup!

  3. How fun his birthday party looked..love the balloon animal dinosaur. Too cute!
    That soup and sandwich combo looks amazing. I love french onion and tortilla soup. yum!

  4. Anonymous10/19/2010

    What a fun b-day party! How special. I really like the Zuppa Tuscana at Olive Garden. I have a recipe for it and plan to make it soon for some family. :D

  5. happy bday to your baby! he's getting so big!
    i love soup - hard to choose one...i am a big fan of italian wedding or anything with meatballs.

  6. Happy birthday to your son!!! He's just so adorable, I will never get over it. I love his dinosaur balloon!! And, I agree, wouldn't it be great to be back in preschool?! I mean...scheduled naps should still be included in everyone's work day.

    The soup sounds wonderful. I actually made a great soup the other night, with butternut squash and acorn squash. It's my new favorite. I'll be posting it soon (only 4 ingredients, plus some spices!).

  7. Oh my, the toddler has gotten so big! How did that happen?! :(

    Love the leek and blue chees combo!

  8. I love all soup but French Onion is probably my favorite. Your soup looks and sounds creative and tasty.

  9. Happy birthday toddler! I can't believe you guys are still getting plums in your CSA.

  10. Looks like a fun birthday celebration!!! I love the dinasour.

    Favorite soup? I have so many- tomato soup, miso soup, vegetable soup, chicken noodle when I'm sick always helps!

  11. Aww...Happy birthday to the toddler. He looks adorable walking around with his dragon balloon.

  12. Now, THAT is a birthday cake worth celebrating with! And I love the balloon dinosaur. I want one! Or is that wrong that I do? Hah.

  13. how adorable! if i was a kid, i would've been in love with that dinosaur. :)

  14. I get my produce delivery today and hope I get surprised with kale. If leeks make it in there I am totally making that soup - devine!

    Your boy is so adorable :)

  15. Hey Andrea, Happy birthday to you boy! Oh, he's 3! He's having so much fun and the cake looks awesome. Hope you guys are having a great week ahead.
    Blessings, Kristy

  16. THREE! Does the time ever fly, Andrea! He looks so cute with the balloon and at pre school. :)

    Leek soup is one of my fave's. I don't understand why I don't make it more often...

  17. Happy birthday to your baby boy...it seems that it was a fun party :-)

  18. happy birthday to the lil' punkin! but may i say, he's not so little anymore! i love the pictures of him playing as well as the idea to add those laughing cow blue cheese wedges to the soup - fantastic idea ms. andrea!!!

  19. Looks like he had a great birthday. His cake looks delicious.

    My favorite soup is probably anything with veggies, probably minestrone. I like chili too if that counts.

  20. Anonymous10/20/2010

    Happy birthday to the handsome toddler.

    I'm a big soup fan, I eat soup everyday and, honestly, can't say which one is my favorite.
    lately it seems I can't get enough of mushrooms, I could eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, too bad my husband doesn't like them so I rarely make myself a mushroom dish

  21. Everything looks amazing. Happy birthday to the toddler. Pre school looks like fun, I want to go!

    I like lots of different kinds of soup but right now I am eating butternut squash soup.

    I have also been enjoying pumpkin in my morning oats! Delish!

  22. That soup sounds rockin' good. What a nice twist on the basic leek and potato! I love the balloon dinosaur, your son is adorable. And your CSA haul reminds me that I really need to join one for next year!

  23. aw, happy birthday to him! What a fun party :)

  24. Happy belated birthday to the toddler! That dinosaur balloon blow-up is TOO cool! I would've been riding it around the restaurant, too ;)

  25. Yum! I got a bunch of leeks in my Farm Share last week. I used one big one in some butternut squash soup, but I still have a few left. This looks like a great way to use them.

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