Cream of Leek Soup + Fresh & Easy Cookbook Review

Written by chanie on May 19th, 2012

I don’t know what’s taken me so long to make something from Leah Schapira’s fabulous cookbook Fresh & Easy Kosher Cooking, but I’m so glad I finally did. It also gave me a chance to revisit the book and look at page after page of mouthwatering recipes and pictures. While the title “Fresh & Easy” refers to the recipes, it also reflects the cookbooks ease of use. Being a web designer by trade, I really appreciate a fresh and clean layout, and Leah’s book does a fabulous job of creating organized, easy-to-read meal plans for the everyday cook. With picture perfect menu’s, an informative guide to seasonal fruits & vegetables, as well as freezer tips and food pairings, “Fresh & Easy” is the perfect resource for busy moms and cooks.

One of the recipes that stood out to me was this cream of leak soup. While I usually make french onion soup for Shavuous, I find it quite heavy, so I was looking for something dairy, but lighter. While this is similar to a vichyssoise, the lack of potatoes and heavy cream keep it light – which I love. Of course I had to throw my own twist on it, so I made some crispy leeks for garnish.

Some of the other recipes I’m eyeing from Leah’s book include the gemelli basil pasta salad, butternut squash with grapes and shallots, red wine tomato sauce, Italian breadsticks, double chocolate pecan waffles, creamy thai chicken thighs, plum asian chicken, savory hamentaschen, peanut butter bars, cinnamon twists, cheese buns….(I better stop here before I type up the whole cookbook!)

Do you own the Fresh & Easy cookbook? What are some of the recipes you’ve tried? I’d love to hear from you!

1 year ago: mini zucchini muffins + Rivka’s pumpkin cake

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9 Comments so far ↓

  1. I love anything leek, and you definitely sold me. Gotta buy this cookbook.

  2. leah says:

    there a lot of nice recipes and the cookbook is so nice to use and look at!

    these were some of the recipes that were real hits!
    chimchuri sauce (used as a dip on shabbos- it was that good!)

    apple pie, duo poppy chicken salad- our new shabbos staple, rainbow cake

  3. Fashion-isha says:

    This looks amazing! I just pinned it for my Shavuos post!
    xo
    Sharon

  4. leah says:

    the brownie cheese is yum!
    it’s my new favorite cookbook!

  5. Miriam Gittel says:

    Do you think this would be good served cold? It is supossed to be hot over Yom Tov?

    • chanie says:

      I haven’t tried it cold, but vichyssoise, which is a soup similar to this (it has potatoes and heavy cream instead of milk and flour) is typically served cold. You can also try my strawberry rhubarb soup if you want a cold one.

  6. Goldy says:

    I actually got this cookbook as a present and usually once a get a cookbook, I try out many recipes. This time, there wasn’t much that spoke to me, as so many of the recipes are quite unhealthy. Most of the chicken recipes, are fried and served with sauces, 99% of the desserts are made with margerine/butter. I’m not a health freak, but I do try to cook balanced meals. I did make one vegetable recipe which was not well received at my shabbos table.

    • chanie says:

      I’m sorry to hear that you did not enjoy this cookbook. I find that most baked desserts need margarine or butter in order to come out good (that’s why I’m not much of a baker). As for the other dishes, I thought there was a fair ratio of healthy vs unhealthy, and some can be adapted to lighten them up a bit.

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