a cold, long winter day should always end with a bowl of hot, homemade soup. and this year, I’ve taken “always” quite literally. and it just so happens to be the same recipe I have on repeat. I’ve perfected it with each attempt. and at this point, its hit maximum potential. so I’m ready to share. it’s not life altering. it’s simple, and that’s why I love it.
the true test .. does [J] still love it? because honestly he’s had it for dinner practically once a week since the first cold day.
• cheese tortellini • 1 lb italian sausage • 1/2 onion • 2 garlic cloves • frozen veggies [corn + broccoli] • 1/2-1 cup salsa verde • black pepper • 12 cups chicken broth • 4 cups water •
with a very large soup pot + these ingredients, you’re close to dinner time.
• brown 1lb italian sausage. I use spicy • drain • add and sauté onions + garlic. approximately two mins • add frozen veggies. corn + broccoli • add 12 cups chicken broth • 4 cups water • 1/2 to 1 cup salsa verde • season with black pepper. maybe a little italian seasoning • bring to a boil • add tortellini + cook to directions on package • now ..enjoy! •
it is best enjoyed on a cold, winter night. maybe curled up on the couch, watching a good movie. potentially in front of a warm fire. or you could just eat at the dinner table.
after the winter we’ve endured, 50° feels like a dang heatwave. [thankfully the temperatures have surpassed that. and today the high is 75°].
the first day of the year I am able to sit on my patio & enjoy the weather is the day, I go straight to the grocery store & stock up on my patio favorites.
vodka, lime juice, ginger beer, chips, and salsa.
that is the grocery list to a happy summer. at least for me.
what are your warm weather staples?
I must note it seems it has taken my entire life to find a canned salsa I enjoy as much as the fresh, restaurant stuff ..but I am loving frontera salsa. and for chips, it is always the quinoa & black bean infused tortilla chips from trader joe’s. just saying.
now you know what my plans are for tonight :)
seven days until st. patrick’s day makes its annual appearance. and
the my world turns a hue of green.
allow me to dig through the archives, and uncover a few favorites ..
a tutorial on green beer, of course.
an irish flag-inspired manicure.
a cocktail recipe for the irish red.
step-by-step instructions + pictures for baked reuben cups; everything you love about a reuben sandwich, but in a more bite-sized package.
“May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire“
- an old irish proverb.
yes, another. they’re quite clever those irishmen.