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Leek and Potato Soup by Rikki Asher

Rego Park, New York, US

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An easy, tasty soup that goes well with a crunchy piece of French or Italian bread! Leeks are a delicious vegetable, but they grow in sandy soil, so they need a good cleaning before you use them in recipes. 1) Cut off leek roots, slice leeks lengthwise, cut into desired pieces. 2) Fill a bowl with cold water, and add cut leeks. Swish around a few times. 3) With cupped hands lift leeks out of the bowl and place them on a plate or working surface. The sand will stay in the bowl.

In a pinch: If you don't have (or don't use) butter, substitute it for any vegetable oil. Enjoy!