Thankfully I had the presence of mind to note that I usually make soup in a very large pot...which would be a very large pot for 4 people. Since it's just the two of us, I chose the smaller saucepan and now we have about 10 servings of soup. I sauteed the carrots, shallots and leeks in some clarified butter and at the last 30-45 secs added the garlic and thyme. This smelled wonderful and already I was feeling less frosty. Then I added chicken stock and 3 small, peeled and cut russet potatoes and salt and pepper. I let all this cook until the potatoes were tender.
At the end I added a little cream and got a bowl and spoon ready. Potato soup! Good on a frosty day. Heck, I love soup any day. My friend Audrey tells me "Only freaks eat soup in the summertime!" But I am sure she would have welcomed a bowl of this soup today.
Stay warm! See you soon.