Warm up your next rainy spring day with a piping-hot bowl of comfort food. Here, Executive Chef Dan Turek shares his favorite soul-quenching comfort food, a hearty potato soup straight from his grandmother’s own recipe book.

“This recipe is very simple yet delicious. I always remember my Grandmother cooking something — be it a quick weeknight meal or a full on Sunday dinner for a large family gathering. Whatever it was, it served a purpose beyond just being food. It calmed you down when you were upset, stressed or pretty much any other range of emotion you can think of. I believe this recipe was a dish she made to feed and comfort quickly in the busy life she had.”


4 medium potatoes diced

½ cup onion diced

1 cup celery diced

1 cup carrot diced

1 quart milk warmed

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon chopped parsley or scallions

Salt and pepper to taste



Sweat the onion carrot and celery. (In 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil.) Add the potatoes, cover with water and bring to a simmer. Once the potatoes are tender, slowly add the milk. Finish with butter, parsley or scallions, and salt and pepper to taste.