Warm Recipes for February

By Nina Kim, Intern

February is a transition month between the winter and spring seasons, with its cool weather that still has the promise of warmer months to come. This is a perfect time for sharing delicious home-cooked meals with unique twists!

seasonalFav_cvrSeasonal Favorites from the Garden Club of Houston presents unique recipes for every season and holiday. These recipes are plenty of fun for anyone to try, even if you don’t have a knack for cooking.

If you are looking for the perfect recipe for sharing with a small group of friends or family, I recommend the Hungarian potato leek soup. Filled with fresh vegetables and your choice of meat, it is a hearty dish to ward off the chilly winter air. This soup is based upon the recipe from the restaurant Gundel in Budapest.

Dinner parties with friends or family can sometimes be quite stressful. Soups are among the neater array of dinner party foods. The potato leek soup consists of so many variables that it can be enjoyed as a paired dish or the main course.


¼ cup unsalted butter

1 large potato, peeled and sliced

1 artichoke heart, sliced
½ rib celery, sliced
½ leek, sliced
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
½ cup heavy cream
Salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste
Smoked ham or beef tongue and fresh mushrooms, cut into thin strips for garnish
Melt butter into a 2-quart pot. Sauté the potato, artichoke heart, celery and leek over medium heat for 5 minutes. Dust with flour; stir and add the broth, milk and cream. Season with salt and white pepper. Simmer for 40-50 minutes, stirring frequently. In batches, blend the soup in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a clean pot; reheat if necessary. Serve the soup in heated cups; garnish with ham and mushroom strips.  Serves 4

Sounds like a recipe for success, doesn’t it? Find many more dishes for every special day in Seasonal Favorites from the Garden Club of Houston!

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