Winter Minestrone

Thanks again for your continued virtual hugs about Ed. Tony hasn’t gotten the courage to read the comments to yesterdays post, but I know when he’s ready he will appreciate it!

Since I got home so late Thursday night, I didn’t prepare anything for my Souper Friday at work.  I had promised minestrone soup and my rosemary artisan bread.  I ended up making the dough Thursday night and just left it on the counter.

So here was my morning yesterday:

  • 7:00 – wake up 30 minute after my alarm went off – shit!
  • 7:02 – heat oven with dutch oven in it to 450 degrees
  • 7:04 – roll out dough and put in parchment paper
  • 7:05 – put water in a pot to cook pasta for minestrone
  • 7:07 – download pictures for blog post
  • 7:10 – write blog post and publish
  • 7:25 – drain pasta and put in container
  • 7:30 – brown sausage for minestrone soup
  • 7:35 – throw every other ingredient needed in a bag to take to work
  • 7:40 – jump in the shower
  • 7:50 – take bread out of the oven
  • 7:55 – pack the car
  • 8:00 – leave for work

Whew!  Luckily I had a slow morning at work and I could assemble the rest of the soup there.  This one got RAVE reviews.  I adapted the recipe from this one – she had swiss chard and onions and mushrooms in hers (#not).

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The sausage really flavored the soup nicely, and everyone liked the added heat of the cayenne pepper.  The only mistake I made was leaving the crock pot on high before I went to go work out – my noodles were kind of way overcooked by the time I ate it at 1:30, so my suggestion if you make this is to keep the noodles on the side, that way when you reheat the leftovers the pasta isn’t over cooked.

I ended up walking for my workout – my blood sugar was at 185 and I didn’t want to overdo it – felt good though to get moving!
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Everyone LOVED the bread.  I thought ahead and saved myself a small piece, because when I got back from the gym nothing was left.  The cost of the ingredients for this soup was $11, the sausage being the most expensive ingredient at $5 for the 1 pound package.  I made $44 dollars, so I net $33 bucks – not bad!

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And dinner was simple – I defrosted some Cincinnati chili and had chili mac for dinner – with lots of Buffalo Tabasco – I am almost out though!

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So you guys know that I don’t keep it a secret that I can’t stand KERF.  If you missed it, I’ve had two controversial posts about her.

If you haven’t seen www.smugnom.com, you can read KERF post recaps there without actually going to KERF’s site.  I just love that they call her husband Bath Matt.  And she shared the pictures Kath shares with the world, such as this classic:

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So imagine my surprise when I went to the computer last night to download my pictures, and Tony so thoughtfully changed our screen saver:

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Thanks for making me laugh Tony – I needed that!

We are going grocery shopping and then going out to lunch – we tried to go to this place last weekend but they stopped serving lunch at 2:00 and we got there at 1:55. Sad smile

Doesn’t this look delicious?!

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Mara, you and I need to have dinner here soon!

Other than that, we have no plans – here’s hoping the snow out East isn’t too bad – sending virtual hugs to all my blog friends out there – hang in there!

Have a great weekend – see you on Monday!