Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hello All, 
I should probably confess that I am a little obsessed with the weather.  I think is payback for chiding a coworker years ago that was similarly obsessed.  This is not in the spring only, nor is it just when baby goats are to arrive or during planting the garden.  I plan to eventually get to the weather spotter training but alas two years running it has not worked out.  I felt I needed to make that confession as I am going to mention out crazy weather.  It is Spring here and we have had weather way too warm (yesterday at my daughters track meet it was 81 degrees and over the last 12 hours we have had storms, pouring rain an inch size hail.  Part of the state is now having snowfall and we are predicted to have temps below freezing at night.  Of course as luck would have it our son is to have a tennis tournament and our daughter will have difficulty staying warm during the track meets scheduled for this week.  Our last and final batch of baby chicks due to arrive in the mix as well.  This return to cold has me thinking about warmer food. 
Tuscan Sausage and Potato Soup
11/2 lbs. Italian sausage
3 lbs potatoes, peeled and sliced
3 cans (14 1/2 oz each) chicken broth
2 cups water
1 cup chopped sweet onion
2 garlic cloves minced
1.4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
3 cups Swiss chard
2 cups heavy whipping cream
8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1. Cook sausage and drain.
2. In a Dutch oven combine potatoes, broth, water, onion, garlic, salt and pepper.  Bring to boil.  Reduce heat and cover 18-22 min. until potatoes are tender.
3. Stir in remaining ingredients.  Bring to boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 5 to 10 minutes or until chard is tender. 
This is a wonderful soup that everyone enjoyed today.  I hope you will also.

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