COMBINE onions, celery, broth, pepper and peeled and diced potatoes into large saucepan.
BOIL then cover and SIMMER for 20 minutes.
In small bowl, combine 1/4 cup of milk and cornstarch until smooth.
COMBINE into above mixture.
ADD remaining milk and BOIL.
STIR constantly for about 3 minutes until thick.
REMOVE from heat and stir in cheese.
Allow mixture to cool slightly before putting it in a blender to make smooth.
If necessary, reheat via stovetop or microwave 2 minutes until hot.
TOP with chopped chives or allspice/nutmeg.
NOTE: Amount if pepper is personal taste.
NOTE: I mixed a tsp of a chilli recipe from the Golden Door Retreat into it (is fantastic for losing weight and tasty too; 300 grams of chilli peppers (all of it), 2 tbsp apple cider, 2 tsp tamari --- is HOT :).