Cooking with Diane
|Vegetables ready to cook in one of my new pots! Finally, after 25+ years, I bought new pots and pans!|
|Diane in her kitchen|
Diane attended culinary school when her children were grown, then cooked with Michel Richard at Citrus for many years. She is entertaining and energetic, and the class is fun and educational in so many ways.
|Delicious carrot soup-add a few croutons, or maybe a grilled cheese sandwich on the side?|
Adapted from a recipe by Diane Mohilef. Yield 8-9 cups
In a large pot heat butter and oil. Add onion, carrots, celery root, apple, and rutabaga. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until all vegetables are softened. Add honey, brown sugar, chicken stock, seasonings (start with 1 tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper) and rosemary. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove rosemary sprig (any leaves that have fallen off can stay in the soup) and cool. Puree soup. Warm to serve.
I like to serve this with homemade croutons (stale bread cut into pieces and tossed with a little olive oil/seasoned oil and salt and pepper, then toasted in a 400 degree oven until crispy).
**For the seasoned oil, you can use a purchased oil seasoned with rosemary, or basil, or garlic, or make your own.
½ cup canola oil
½ cup olive oil
1-2 garlic cloves, smashed
rosemary sprig, and/or thyme sprig
Place all ingredients in a bottle and let stand 2 days on counter. After 2 days, remove herbs and garlic, strain, and use. Keeps for about 1 month.