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Light but fulfilling Winter comfort meal.

Tonight was a night for comfort food. Yesterday was my best friend’s first Yahrzeit, death anniversary. It was a hard enough week with that happening but to wake up to the news of David Bowie’s passing was really just too much. The only response is comfort food.

In the stash of magazines I got for Christmas, all three magazines had quite a few soup recipes. Many soups recipes! Since we are also under severe Winter Weather Advisory, I scoured the pantry to see what kind of German soup I could whip up. My house hold HATES celery. But… it’s what I went with after looking over the recipes. So we have a Winter Comfort Plate of celery soup, smashed roasted potatoes and baked salmon filet. While not strictly German, the inspiration is there.

Celery Soup

  • 3 stalks celery, coarse chopped
  • 1 large onion, coarse chopped
  • 1.5 cups white wine
  • 1 cup garlic infused beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon tarragon
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • salt & black pepper to taste.
  • Half and half to thin it to the consistency you prefer.

~celery soup

Sweat the celery and the onion in a saucepan. Add the white wine and reduce. Add herbs and spice, cook down just a little more. Then add in the beef broth. When the celery in tender put it in the Vitamix™ and whiz it to a creamy consistency.

The “crouton” is an asiago puff snack from ALDI. Garnished with a celery leaf.

Smashed Baked Potato: this is a leftover side dish. We had some Honey Gold Klondike potatoes left over from the night before. They were boiled through and through. Today I used a fork to break them down the middle and then smashed them into even patties without breaking them all apart.

Spread olive oil on a baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt. Lay the potatoes on the salted oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and more ground mustard. Top with shredded cheese and bake at 400.

Baked Salmon: standard cooking applies. The filet was salted and peppered, drizzled with olive oil and layered with lemon slices. When the potatoes are done, reduce the heat to 350 and bake the salmon for about 25-35 minutes.

Just before the salmon was plated, the other elements got a slight nuke to heat them up to temp again so that everything was warm when it hit the table.

The nice thing about this was that it went well with tears. Usually it is impossible to eat when you have been crying. But we all managed to have dinner, cry a lot and not have upset tummies afterward.