Greeting the Wolf Moon on a Chilly January Night with Warm, Creamy Garlic and Potato Soup…

January 31st, 2010 § 3 comments

Creamy Garlic and Potato Soup with Fresh Herbs

Watching the full moon rise is something of a ritual for me. I note the waxing and waning lunar cycle on my calendar and I pay close attention to the forecast as the moon grows full. Lunar myths and legends have always fascinated me, and I usually to refer to the monthly moon by its name. Although April’s Pink Moon and Autumn’s Harvest Moon tend to be my favorites, I am also quite fond of January’s full, Wolf Moon. When the weather is clear in mid-winter, as it has been for the past few days, evenings in Vermont can be spectacularly beautiful. Sub zero temperatures may be difficult to bear, but they also create some amazing atmospheric conditions. With a warm bowl of soup and a dramatic celestial show on the horizon, I’ve come to embrace and even enjoy my cold nights on the mountain…

January’s Full Wolf Moon

Dried Grass and Staghorn Sumac on a late afternoon in January

Cinnamon colored remnants in sparkling snow at sunset

Creamy Garlic and Potato Soup with Fresh Herbs

(makes approximately 4 quarts of soup)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup garlic cloves, (about 12 cloves), peeled and chopped to a paste in a food processor
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cups vegetable stock or chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk (2% or whole, as you prefer)
  • 1 cup of heavy cream (optional – you may sub all 2% milk for low fat diets)
  • 6 cups peeled and cubed yukon gold potatoes
  • 4 whole, fresh sage leaves, (plus extra for garnish)
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 2 tsp fresh chopped thyme, (plus extra for garnish)
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large stock/soup pot over low heat. Add the garlic paste and carefully cook until the paste begins to turn gold, stirring constantly. Add in the vegetable/chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat, add herbs and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the potatoes and simmer for 20-30 more minutes.
  3. Scoop out the bay and sage leaves, and carefully pour batches of the hot soup into a blender, (do not overfill the blender!). Puree each batch until smooth and return to the saucepan. Simmer the soup for 15 minutes. Add milk and cream and simmer for another 20 – 30 minutes.
  4. Pour the soup into bowls, and garnish with fresh thyme and sage leaves. Serve with a side of fresh, crusty bread.

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§ 3 Responses to Greeting the Wolf Moon on a Chilly January Night with Warm, Creamy Garlic and Potato Soup…"

  • Victoria says:

    Your blog is always lovely; this post is simply beautiful.

    I tried but failed miserably to get a picture of the Wolf Moon on Friday night. It was spectacular – huge and bright – and illuminated the snow-covered yard and field beyond with a haunting light.

    It was bone chilling cold, but the house was toasty, and a crisp fried chicken served with lingonberry preserves alongside creamed carrots and buttered green peas followed by a small glass of Finger Lakes Cream Sherry was the perfect antidote.

  • Michaela says:

    Fried Chicken? Oh my goodness Victoria. I still haven’t tried it. No excuses now. No. Ex. Cuses.
    It sounds like you know how to enjoy the quiet season – and I always enjoy reading your stories on Cooking Zuni and Vic’s Recipes.
    It’s lovely to ‘hear’ from you.
    xo, Michaela

  • Victoria says:

    Oh, Michaela,

    I’m so sorry. I misspoke – I meant roast chicken. Actually, rotisserie chicken (my own, NOT take-out).

    But

    the potato puree goes perfectly with the fried chicken. So you’re still not off the hook – although you could wait until spring.

    xo

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