Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sunny Days Along the North Fork

Don't you just love sunny days in September?
In the middle of dicing potatoes and leeks to make a pot of soup when I received the call asking if I wanted to join her for a picnic up by Mount Baker, I told her I would bring my soup to share and grab my camera on my way out the door.
A day-use area at the Douglas Fir Campground along the north fork of the Nooksack River was a beautiful location for our picnic.
After we ate, Sally worked on a writing project. What a cool place to work!And I set off to explore. Here I am, getting just a little bit muddy along the river bank.
The sunny view along the north fork of the Nooksack.Sally took a break from writing to explore along the river bank too.Sun filtered through the trees and cast a beautiful color onto the water as it flowed down the river.
Indicating that she often is drawn to this campground because of the roar of the river, she paused in the sun to enjoy the sound along the river today.
Near the junction of the north and south forks of the Nooksack River, our next stop along the highway today was Nooksack Falls.
Here it is, Nooksack Falls on a sunny September afternoon!
More photos from today's adventure.

My recipe follows:
Creamy Potato and Leek Soup
5 or 6 Medium Red Potatoes
1 Large Leek, or 2 Small
2 Cloves Fresh Garlic
4 Cups Vegetable Broth
1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Freshly Ground Lemon Pepper
Peel and dice the potatoes. Chop the leek into small pieces. Peel, smash and chop the garlic. Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Add the garlic, leek and potatoes to the oil and cook, stirring regularly, until tender. Add the vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about thirty minutes, or until the soup has reduced down a bit and thickened slightly. Season with a little freshly ground lemon pepper just before removing from the stove to serve.
While I used organic potatoes, leeks and garlic that I received in my weekly harvest basket through the Growing Whatcom Community Supported Agriculture Project, along with an organic vegetable broth and lemon pepper corns that were purchased at Trader Joe's to make this soup, I suspect that this soup would be equally as tasty even when made with non-organic ingredients - but perhaps not quite as healthy.


  1. Sally and I went for a hike together on the North Fork in summer 2011 on our third date. To make a long story short, we are now engaged to be married.

  2. That was a very fun day Sally and I shared along the North Fork of the Nooksack River. Congratulations on your engagement, that is such wonderful news!!!


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