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Soup’s On!

LizaBy: Liza Blair
Arts Manager


Any opportunity to cook with your child is a good opportunity. This is a principle I believe and one we put to practice every week at the Museum.

One meal I enjoy having kids make is soup. It’s fast, easy, and comforting. This recipe for potato, leek, and seasonal green soup is one of my top picks.

I created this recipe for Creative Discovery Museum’s cooking class in Culinary Corner. Like all the recipes we use in Culinary Corner, this one focuses on using seasonal vegetables to prepare a quick and delicious family meal. It is a great recipe for introducing seasonal foods and beginning a dialogue about plants and how they grow. Which foods grow in which season? What’s the difference between a flower bud and a stalk vegetable? Why do some foods grow above ground while others grow several inches below ground?

It’s also a great recipe to use with children of all ages and can be modified based on specific needs. When we make this soup during the Kitchen Lesson, children enjoy cutting the potatoes, slicing the leeks, tearing the greens, and blending all vegetables into the soup.

The recipe uses three basic staples of fall cooking: potatoes, leeks, and leafy greens. Add a little seasoning, and together these ingredients make a wonderful, hearty soup that will keep you and your family warm on any chilly fall night.

Potato, Leek and Green Soup

potato soup

What You Need:

5 Yukon potatoes
1 leek
1 bunch bok choy, turnip greens, or kale
1 tablespoon butter
1.5 cups milk (add more if needed)
Dash of nutmeg
Olive Oil

Boil potatoes until tender. Once tender, drain water and keep potatoes in pot. In a different pan, heat olive oil on medium  heat. Add leek, greens, and nutmeg and saute until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add to potatoes, along with butter, salt, pepper, and milk. Use an immersion blender or potato masher on potato mixture to blend into puree. Add more milk to reach desired consistency. Keep warm until ready to serve.

Summer Pasta Salads


By Liza Blair
Arts Manager

Pasta salad is one of the perfect summer time foods. Quick to make and packed with lots of flavor, their versatility is one of the reasons why I love this dish. Cooked pasta tossed with sauté vegetables, some good cheese, a little salt and pepper, and a quick drizzle of olive oil is my idea of summer comfort food. Continue reading →

Impromptu Science Talk

Children in Dirt

By Liza Blair

I love this time of year. The weather is warm; the days are sunny and bright; flowers are blooming; it’s a wonderful time for outdoor play and exploring nature. And, it’s the ideal time to plant a garden.

A few weeks ago, my kids helped me build our raised garden beds. My daughter held the boards while my son drilled in the screws. Once we were finished, it was time to dig out the sod and add new so Continue reading →

Happy Lunar New Year!

By Liza Blair
Arts Manager

Crowd with Dragon

This Chinese New Year, we celebrate the year of the monkey, a character who symbolizes compassion, quick wit, and stubbornness. These characteristics are said to be found in people born in 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016.  Continue reading →

The Great American Pumpkin

LizaBy Liza Blair
Arts Manager

Native to North America, pumpkins are an annual favorite of my house during the autumn months. And, with so many pumpkin patch options in-and-around Chattanooga, there’s no shortage of places to go and experience this beloved fruit. Continue reading →

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