Thursday, January 19, 2017

Zuppa Toscana

Have you ever visited Olive Garden - and had their Zuppa Toscana Soup? 
It's a sausage and potato soup that I love.
Here is the copycat recipe that can be found on-line.

The Ingredients:

1 pound of sausage - I use sweet
1/2 pound of bacon - chopped
1 quart of water
2 14.5 ounce cans of chicken broth
2 large russet potatoes - cubed (I used 3)
2 cloves of garlic - crushed
1 medium onion - chopped (I used sweet)
2 cups of spinach (they use kale, I prefer spinach)
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a soup pot, brown sausage breaking into small pieces, drain and set aside. 
In the same pot, over medium heat, brown bacon and set aside. 
Place water, broth, potatoes, garlic and onion in a pot. 
Simmer over medium heat until potatoes are tender. 
Add sausage and bacon back to pot, simmer for 10 minutes. 
Add spinach and cream to pot, season with salt and pepper to taste - heat through.

Served with a loaf of crusty french bread, this is a winner on a cold winter day.

I made thumbprint cookies too, they were very yummy after the soup.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Yarn Along

I finished my Cider Press Hat. 
I am happy with the end result, I love the color and this beautiful Alpaca Yarn.
As I knitted this hat, I wasn't sure who would be receiving it.
Then I saw a picture of one of my cousins on Facebook,
with a group of girls, running a marathon and she was the only person without a hat on.
Problem solved - I can't wait to mail it to her!

I have been thumbing through my favorite Sea Glass Book, 
reading the wonderful short stories.
I met the author, Richard LaMotte and he signed my book.
That pretty piece of sea foam green Sea Glass is one of my favorites.
It's a large piece, one I found many years ago!

I am joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along