Recently this writer needed to empty out her fridge. Some sad-looking vegetables were transformed into a superlative vichyssoise, without much fuss and muss. (Soup satisfies in so many ways.)
Thoughts floated to the upcoming holiday and potato-leek soup, aka vichyssoise, as a starter course. Meanwhile an online discovery was made: the Cuisinart all-in-one blender that takes soups from raw ingredients to finish. Here is a link with video: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/cuisinart-soup-maker-blender-sbc-1000/?pkey=cblenders-juicers%7Celtbjcble
Another discovery: Chop up and add a couple of stalks of celery to the base ingredients of your vichyssoise.