I’m switching up the Five a bit. Why? Well I want to post a five more regularly, but I don’t have enough new material to post every week. I don’t have a new book, show or movie, music, etc., every week and so I just don’t post a five. I have decided (it is my blog after all) that my five will be a collection of things that I think are interesting, cool, or whatever that I want to share with you but don’t really make up a full blog post on their own. It is a work in progress and I may tweak it as I go. If you have a suggestion for a “five” regular item, let me know!
I created a new icon for the 5 as well…I’m open to suggestions or if anyone just wants to create a really cool image for me…that would be super swell. I will, of course, give you credit for it.
Here we go, The Friday Five for 2 November 2012:
Thanks to Cassie over at Back To Her Roots and my brand new Trader Joe’s I was inspired to make my own version of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana. I love their Zuppa, but I don’t need to eat out to enjoy it, and with Cassie’s inspiration I was able to tweak the recipe a bit to make it my own.
I know, it doesn’t look all that appetizing, but it was delicious and so easy!
I browned some seasoned pork sausage in a big stockpot. I removed that from the pan and saved just enough of the grease to saute an onion and a big scoop of minced garlic in. Once that was nice and soft and aromatic, I took about 5 cups or so of previously homemade chicken broth and added it to the pan with the onions, along with the previously cooked sausage. I half moon sliced up some potatoes and added those to the mix as well. Then I just let it simmer for quite a long time to let the potatoes “overcook” a bit so they would break down and create a creamier consistency of soup. I added a bit of salt and pepper toward the end, along with about a half a teaspoon of fennel seed. Just before serving I tossed in about 3/4 of a bag of pre-washed chopped kale and let it wilt.
That’s it! No butter or cream but a nice creamy consistency.
How good was it?
We ate the entire pot for dinner. Uhm…yah…Olive Garden ain’t got nothin’ on me! This recipe is easy, quick to prepare, and deeeelicious!
I saw this sign at HomeGoods when I was in Portland last week…I almost bought it!
Well, Words With Friends to be more precise. Basically, I suck.