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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

Turkey Sausage, Sweet Potato, And kale Soup

If you love soup, you will absolutely love this one. It’s healthy yet hearty, it’s so satisfying, you won’t feel guilty having seconds. It’s really easy to make, let me tell you how. I start out with the base of most soups.

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This soup starts out with the standard Mirepoix,. I have 1 large sweet onion, 2 carrots, 2 ribs of celery. next I have 2 peeled and diced sweet potatoes, and 2 minced cloves of garlic. In a heavy bottom pot on med high heat, I start out with 2 tablespoons or so of olive oil.

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I want to sweat these veggies out but not get any color on them so I add a good tablespoon of Kosher salt, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes for some heat. After they have softened I add in 2 tablespoons of fennel seeds.

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I then add the turkey sausage to the pot and let that start to get some good color on it. Once that’s happened I add in 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped thyme leaves. Dried thyme will work fine as well. I try to use fresh herbs whenever possible. After the turkey has browned off I add my secret ingredient, Dry California Sherry, 2 tablespoons. This is totally optional, I just like that depth of extra flavor that it adds to this soup. If you don’t have Sherry, white wine will do in a pinch. Let this cook for a minute or two so the Sherry can reduce. Now I add the diced sweet potatoes.

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I stir this around and then add 1 chicken bullion cube and 2 quarts of low sodium chicken broth. I cook this on med high heat until the soup comes to a boil then turn in down to med and let it simmer for a good twenty minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are fork tender.

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At this point I add in 3 cups of fresh chopped kale and 1-1/2 cups of Israeli Cous Cous. I turn off the heat, put the lid on and let it just do it’s thing. The small pasta will automatically cook in the hot liquid, and the kale will wilt yet keep its bright green color.

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I like to serve this with some freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. You could also add some homemade croutons to this soup that would be delicious too.This soup is so tasty, I’m sure, that like me, you’ll be making this again and again.

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Table Centerpieces For All Occasions

 

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Fall Centerpiece (2)

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Christmas Centerpiece

Above are a few centerpieces I’ve made, recently and in the past, for the different holiday seasons.

I always need to “Bring It” whenever I’m asked to cater an event. I believe the centerpiece should always be what grabs your attention when entering any room.  At this wedding reception, for friends of mine, the fruit skewers coming out of the pineapples were the show stopper at this event. I like to keep it casual and simple with small votive candles and big platters of finger food. The idea is for everyone to have a great time.

Citrus With Fennel Fronds Centerpiece

Buffet Centerpiece

Mini Mascarpone PastriesMy mini Mascarpone cheese filled pastries with fresh berries and a dusting of powdered sugar. This “Hello Kitty” themed baby shower was a hit with the new mother and her guests.

Next, are some pictures of another event I did. This was a 50th birthday party.

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Katie’s husband’s 50th birthday party had to be one he’d never forget. We pulled out all the stops for this one.

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