This is one of my favorite soups right now and perfect for a cold, rainy day like today.
I picked some of the vegetables used in this recipe up at the farmer’s market this morning. When I left my house it seemed like the storm was finally subsiding with little peeks of blue skies and sunshine. Boy was I wrong. It started sprinkling when I arrived with Sprout and was in a full on downpour complete with lightning flashes and peals of thunder.
I didn’t have my front-pack all weather cover so Sprout was getting soaked. One of the vendors let me borrow an umbrella so I bought some pita bread from him. At one booth whenever the thunder boomed, the lady selling apples to me would put her hand on her chest and freak out. We don’t get much weather in Southern California so I guess some people are really thrown off by it.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this hearty soup (preferrably in a cozy home with a sweater and some fluffy slippers on or maybe the fireplace going).
-1 package sweet Italian sausage
-1 bag frozen corn (I used the roasted kind they have at TJs because that’s what we had in our freezer, but regular corn is just as good)
-2 red potatoes, chopped
-2 medium carrots, chopped
-1 red bell pepper, chopped
-1 onion, chopped
-2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
-1 box chicken broth
-1 bay leaf
-1 cup milk
-1 tbsp olive oil
-2 tbsp corn starch
-salt and pepper to taste
Cut sausage links into bite-sized pieces. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat and add sausage to brown. Remove sausage from pan and place in soup pot.
Add onion, garlic, carrots, and potatoes to pan that sausage was just cooked in. Cook vegetables until tender. Add to soup pot.
Add bell pepper, corn, chicken broth, bay leaf, to soup pot. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low. Salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until vegetables are tender. Remove 1/2 cup broth and mix with corn starch until smooth. Return to pot and cook until thickened. Stir in milk. Remove from heat.
I tend to write blogs in bunches. Sorry if that overwhelms some of you. I’ve tried to do the whole schedule thing to spread them out, but for some reason it never seems to work right for me and I wind up with a bunch of unpublished blogs that I have to go and publish myself.
So first post today is about my garden. Despite all the morning sickness pretty much immediately following the planting of the garden, I’ve still managed not to kill it. This is mainly due to the fact that my husband installed a timer for our drip watering system so I don’t have to actually remember to or feel up to watering it every single day. It does it all alone.
I was a little worried about my bell peppers because the got all dark colored for a couple days, but now they are turning red. So I guess even though their label clearly showed green bell peppers, they are going to actually be red ones.
In other misleading plant label news… apparently I got a cherry tomato plant instead of an Early Girl tomato plant:
These little guys have been completely delicious, just much smaller than I was expecting. If you have some great tomato growing secrets. please share them because I think I must be doing something wrong. But then again everyone I know is having size issues with their tomato plants this year, at least I know it isn’t just me.
Oh and my Oregano plant is getting a little out of control with its tendrils:
There are a lot of weeds and spiders out there. We’ve had a series of black widows building webs inside and outside of our grill. I am thinking we must have accidentally transported an egg sack with us from Bakersfield because they really aren’t that common here.
The compost bin is still ruminating though, I haven’t had the stomach to open it up and add stuff to it for quite some time. It is kind of disappointing to toss so much green waste, but that’s just the way it is when you have a sensitive gag reflex. Plus, the bin has been germinating some interesting fly species. First we had these little red ones and now there are these weird little black ones. The black ones made me extremely nervous at first because they showed up right after our trip to Mammoth and we did not have good experiences with black flies there (blood sucking ones to be exact), but thankfully these ones are just really lazy and don’t do anything. I think Stephen’s over the whole composting thing and isn’t sure why we did it in the first place. I doubt he’ll let me start it up again next year, but I know we’ll have some great fertilizer for the crops next year.
Anyway, that about sums up the current status of our garden. I did see a much more extravagant and well kept garden today that I plan to share photos of in my next post.
For just under $20, this is what I got in this week’s box:
1 huge head of lettuce
2 beets and their tops
1 bunch carrots with tops
1 bunch asparagus
2 huge grapefruit
6 Mandarin oranges
some fresh Majoram (smells so good!)
2 red spring onions
Enough spinach to fill a 1 gallon zip lock
Bean likes her veggies too. I bought these sometime during my last month of pregnancy. We just did a re-circulation of toys the other day and I pulled them out. I think it is fun that she gets a box of veggies just like Mama and Papa.
I’m really liking Abundant Harvest. I will admit that the first week I was pretty overwhelmed at the amount of stuff. I didn’t think we’d be able to use it all. I quickly learned how to plan my whole menu for the week around the vegetables and now we pretty much use it all (I still have a lingering sweet potato and a couple onions).
I love that we are trying new things too. We’re incorporating way more vegetables and fruit into our diet and I don’t feel like I’m stuck in a veggie rut either. Prior to Abundant Harvest the only vegetables we ate were lettuce, tomatoes, sometimes asparagus if it wasn’t too expensive, broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, potatoes, onions and peas.
And I don’t know if I would have ever considered making some carrot muffins, but I really needed to use up all the carrots I had! The result was so yummy.
Our grocery bill has not increased either (well if you don’t count the one time I went a little overboard at Whole Foods), but I think we’re actually getting more fruits and vegetables into our diet.
So anyway, yeah we love our veggies!