thanks to a staplehouse friend, dana hazels seith, we were mentioned on msn.com postbox today. ryan offered a favorite fall season - celery root puree - small-batch soup recipe for all to enjoy.
2 heads of celery root
3 cloves garlic
1 white onion
1 bay leaf
1 quart of chicken stock
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 ounces good-quality pitted oil-cured black olives, chopped
2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
half bunch parsley
1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
peel and dice onion and celery root, sweat in sauce pot with chopped garlic and bay leaf and vegetable oil.
add chicken stock, and simmer till celery root is tender. remove bay leaf, and puree in blender, adding butter while spinning. season with salt and pepper to taste.
in small mixing bowl, add chopped olives, chopped parsley, olive oil and sherry vinegar. season to taste, and spoon on top of soup. sprinkle with toasted pumpernickel to finish.