We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Potato leek soup. With cream. And good homemade chicken stock. I need to make that again-- it's been too long.
Jacques Pepin, who knows a little about leeks, showed us the easy way to clean them: After removing the green leaves, cut them long-ways down to the roots into 4 or more parts but leave them attached. Then just hold them under running water. The leeks cooperate by opening up and the dirt just washes right out. No problem!
We're trying to grow "wild leeks" we bought online. I'm hoping they turn out like ramps, which I mail order every spring when they're available. So far they're doing well, having come through a brief hard freeze when they were about 3 inches tall and covered by ordinary bedsheets. They're about 6 inches tall now.