Cream of Whatever’s about to go bad Soup

I loathe supermarket grocery shopping. I hate the 4 minutes it takes me to drive to my supermarket. You know what type of supermarket–the kind with the loyalty card and aisles of sodas and cardboard boxes that will rescue you from whatever cooking malaise ails you. The kind with 8 billion choices of cake mix, but never the actual thing that you left your cute, neighborhood grocer and got in your car to come purchase. We bought a house next to an overpriced, tiny grocer with only the fresh produce, only a copy cuts of meat and fish, and I happily wander over after work to pick up yogurt. But the supermarket…Hate…It.

So my folks are coming to visit and they require a very specific brand of unflavored, nonfat, low calorie, nondairy coffee creamer. My cute little grocer does not carry this un-everything creamer, so I get in the car, drive 4 minutes, slowly creep through the parking lot of the Safeway looking for a spot, any spot for my car.

I buy 10x more things for only 4 times more money than my usual grocery visit, but it takes me an hour and guess what? They have every flavor of the nonfat, low cal brand specific creamer except for what? Unflavored. I hate the supermarket. I drive the deflating 4 minutes home.

Then, I get the pleasure of dragging in the 6 bags of crap I bought and didn’t need. Really, didn’t need, as I discover that I already had a gigantic head of cauliflower.

There must be a way to rescue such an abyssmal grocery experience.

Cream of Cauliflower Soup

2 leeks
1 head of cauliflower chopped into 1 inch pieces
1 teaspoon cardamon
2 T water
2 T butter
1 3/4 cup 1% or whole milk
2 cups chicken broth
toasted pine nuts

Melt butter in Dutch over. Add leeks and cauliflower and then water and cardamon. Cook cauliflower until soft, but not browned. Add broth and milk and heat. Do not boil. Puree soup and serve with toasted pine nuts.

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