Leek and Asparagus Scrambled Eggs with Parmesan

Leek and Asparagus Scrambled Eggs with Parmesan

Springtime is one of my busiest times of the year.  I help run a farmer’s market and a kids program at that market, so the couple months leading up to Opening Day is hella hectic!  Not to mention it’s one of the busiest times of year for my husband, too; a professor and sculptor.  So…our meals tend to be quicker and easier and use fewer dishes — mostly because they’re all piled up in the sink waiting to be washed.

This spring-y breakfast (or breakfast-for-dinner) hits that “I want eggs/I want vegetables/But I don’t want to do dishes” spot.  It’s all done in just one pan — no separate bowls for whisking eggs or a separate pan for cooking the vegetables.  You just cook the vegetables first then break the eggs directly into the pan and stir ’em around (a.k.a. scramble them) as they cook.  It’s easy, virtually mess-free, and really good!

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Potato Leek Buttermilk Soup with Smokey-spiced Croutons and Chive Oil

potato leek buttermilk soup

Winter.  It’s here.  In a big way.  We just got an inch of ice, 8 inches of snow, and my son’s school is cancelled again…for the FOURTH day in a row!  Snow-soaked coats, gloves, hats and boots have lined our entryway for the past few days as neighbor kids come in and out from the blindingly white wonderland that is our front yard.  I love times like this when there’s nowhere I need to go, nowhere I CAN go.  I am literally stuck in my house, forced to peer out at the beautiful North Pole-esque scenery and spend my days cooking and watching movies.  I can deal.

It’s moments like this when one needs soup.  Comforting.  Soul-warming.  Even nostalgic.  And this velvety-smooth potato soup is just that.  Plus it’s really easy and there are only 7 ingredients in the recipe, and that includes water and salt.  The short ingredient list allows the simple flavors to shine:  potatoes, leeks, and garlic.   The buttermilk adds rich silkiness and just a bit of tang.  Spice it up with homemade seasoned croutons and chive oil and call it a day.  Game over.   {christmas} Lights out.