Today’s blog, that is.
ALL about the purchasing,making, preparing,
baking and enjoying of good food.
I am an admitted foodie!
I love all kinds of food- but I tend not to go too
heavy with sauces or pricey dishes.
I’d love to experiment and play with sauces and
expensive items- but my husband likes plain food
fixed well. So that is how I cook. Mostly how I cook,
grilled pork chop with a stripe of homemade salsa, basmati
and wild rice and fresh corn on the cob.
roast beef on grinder roll ,green salad with olives and
freshly grated Romano cheese, and creamy Italian sausage and
flat bean soup.
We went to Wayne County- Farm country- to get the beans
and the sausage. This is a bulk food store run by the Mennonites.
I love the sign on the door. Definitely an indicator of what is
inside. From God’s blessing on modest dressing to being –
Closed to Closed on Sunday.
It has a deli- a baked goods area- a small produce table-
packaged bulk items- and fresh eggs from local farms and frozen meats
from local butchers.
And Lots of Mennonite ladies !
(also quite local!)
The market is right across the street from the church.
sausage and went home to make a really delicious soup.
Creamy Italian sausage and bean soup
1 lb of bulk Italian sausage
2 large handfuls of Italian broad beans- almost 2 lbs.
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and julienned
5 cups chicken broth
Oregano and Basil, dried 1 tsp each
fresh 2 TBS each chopped finely
1 handful of fresh spinach
3/4 cup half and half- or cream
Sautee sausage and onions together, add carrot and continue cooking until
sausage is browned, onion translucent and carrots shiny and cooked.
Add chicken broth and herbs and simmer on low heat for at least 30 minutes.
Taste to see if it needs salt and pepper. Mine didn’t – although I ALWAYS add
fresh pepper at the table.
Throw in your handful of spinach- this added a beautiful color and texture- and
put a lid to cover and cook for another 10 minutes or so.
Then add the cream, allow the soup to heat back up but don’t let it get to a boil!
Serve with a salad or sandwich.