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The Crisper Whisperer: Agreeably Simple Potato Leek Soup

[Photograph: Carolyn Cope]

Any holiday that affords more than two opportunities to pour gravy on your plate is a fine holiday in my book. So with at least four pourable moments (turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, empty spot on the plate—not necessarily in that order), Thanksgiving is a fine holiday indeed. Add the fact that many Thanksgiving table settings, being slightly on the gussied-up side, will include a teaspoon that remains at your side throughout the meal, all but demanding use as a gravy vector, and here I am telling you what you already know: Thanksgiving is unimpeachable. It is simply the best holiday.


There are moments in early November—moments such as this one—when the mere anticipation of post-Thanksgiving fullness makes me full, if not ever-so-slightly comatose. At times like these, even the most devout givers of thanks need a simple, comforting dinner with leftovers for lunch the next day. Said dinner should be composed almost entirely of vegetables, but not in a salady sort of way. It should fit in a single bowl. It should fill your belly just enough. It should warm you from the inside. And if its smooth, velvety texture happens to gesture almost imperceptibly in the direction of gravy, well then, so much the better. It is November, after all.

About the author: You may know Carolyn Cope as Umami Girl. She stops by on Tuesdays with ideas on preparing the abundance of fruits and vegetables you might get from your CSA or the market.

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