Here are two recipes that my family just love and there are some of you that have asked for them.
Leek and Potato Soup
1 pound of leeks, 4-5 medium, cleaned and dark green sections removed, chop in half lengthwise and then chop in little slices.
3 TBS butter
big pinch of Kosher salt plus a little more for seasoning
14 oz Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced small. I have used fingerling potatoes and it works just fine. A small bag of them works well.
1 qt vegetable broth
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 TBS chives
Take your butter and melt it in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the leeks and a heavy pinch of salt and sweat them for 5 minutes. Decrease the heat to med-low and cook until the leeks are tender-25 min or so. stir occasionally.
Add the potatoes and the vegetable broth, increase the heat to med-high and bring to boil. Reduce it again to low, cover, and simmer until the potatoes are soft, about 35-45 minutes. Turn off the heat and puree the mixture with either an immersion blender or pour it into a blender and puree it until it is smooth. I don't have an immersion blender so poured it into my blender and it all fits :) Pour it back into the saucepan if you had to pour it out, and stir in the heavy cream, buttermilk and white pepper, taste it and add more seasoning if you want. Sprinkle chives on it or some cheese and serve it, or you can chill it and serve cold. My family likes it hot and sometimes we put a little bacon bits on it, bacon makes everything better:)
Then for dessert you can make Buttermilk PIE
This is a true Southern dish.
1&1/2 cups sugar
2 TBS cornstarch
1/2 cup butter-melted
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 unbaked deep dish pie shell
Combine sugar and cornstarch in a large bowl, add buttermilk, butter and vanilla, mix well. Add eddgs one at a time, beating well after each. Pour into pie shell, bake at 425 for 5 minutes, thenreduce temp to 325 and bake for 1& 1/4 hours or until pie test comes clean. I also put foil strips on the crust of the pie shell so they don't burn until the last 20 minutes or so and then take them off. This is Tristan's favorite pie and usually asks for it for his birthday "cake" or whenever we're frying fish or something else way yummy.
Good luck and have fun!