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White Bean, Butternut Squash and Turkey Sausage Soup

8 Nov

White Bean, Butternut Squash and Turkey Sausage Soup

Leaves are on the ground, tights are on my legs (this is not Chris writing by the way…) and soup is on our stove top.  Fall is officially here. This is seriously my favorite season and because it sticks around for such a short time, everything fall-ish needs to be packed into a small window.  I am embracing all things fall into my wide, pumpkin-spice-loving embrace.  The second a crisp starts in the air, we break out our big stockpot and crock pot and soup the hell out them.  We have been testing out a few new ones in our rotation, ranging from creamy ones to a really quick Asian Chicken Noodle Soup (stay tuned for those…).

Soup is a great meal that can be made ahead and easily re-heated, which is great for those days that you come home late and have hungry mouths snapping at your heels (true story:  Ella and Chris are like raptors when they are hungry).  It’s also a great way to eat relatively healthy, packing the soups with loads of vegetables and experimenting with the spices in your cupboards.  I haven’t really mentioned the fact that Chris and I are watching our weight (a direct result of delicious craft beer and my undying love for sweets…), because we don’t want to bore you with our dieting details.  But we have learned that everything in  moderation is okay and when you can, focus on the seasoning and spices, because that can easily ramp up any bland dish.  This soup packs a ton of flavor and uses seasonal vegetables, making it a perfect fall dish.  Now I’m off to go sip on my pumpkin spice latte and wrap myself in a scarf.  Continue reading

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Chicken Sausage and Apple Pizza

11 Oct

Chicken Sausage and Apple Pizza

It is officially fall in New York and this was celebrated with our annual trip to the apple and pumpkin picking farm near our house.  Chris used to go to the same exact one when he was little and we have continued the tradition with Ella for the past few years.  When we go, we usually buy some pumpkins, eat some apple cider doughnuts and go to the little petting zoo that is on the grounds.  This year, we decided to switch it up a little and take advantage of the apple picking part of the farm.  We went with some friends and we ready to get all Johnny Appleseed up in that place.

When you get there, you first have to buy the “official” apple bags, to the tune of $25 each.  So between our small group, we had shelled out $50 for the prospect of picking our own apples (I totally need to own an apple farm by the way, they make bank!).  Well, believe me, we were getting our $50 of apples, even if it killed us.  It was definitely fun, the kids  grown men definitely seemed to be enjoying themselves and it was fun to feel like a farmer for a minute (just a minute though, because that is way too much work).  When we got home, we realized we had more apples than it was humanly possible to consume.  So for the past week, we have been trying to stick these apples in everything.  And if you know us, of course we put them on a pizza. Continue reading

Sausage and Pepper Kebabs

7 Aug

Sausage and Pepper Kebabs

Now that I am removed from living in California for over a decade now, I can look back and definitely see all of the differences of being raised West Coast -vs-East Coast.  There are so many differences in both coasts, that they might as well be two different worlds.

We didn’t have a football team at my high school, but we did have a surf team.  There is yoga P.E. in my elementary school and one of my first jobs was working in a smoothie shop.  Totally Southern California.  Every year in my beach community, they held a street festival, complete with incense-selling hippies, vegan baked goods and tie-dyed shirts.  The first time I went to a “festival” in New York, I was totally blown away.  It was like an Italian carnival swooped in and set up shop in the middle of a neighborhood.  Aside from the “I (heart) Italian Stallions” t-shirts, the food that was offered was something out of a guido’s dream.  Zeppoles were made on-spot, cappuccino were aplenty and the number one smell that assaulted your senses (in a good way!) was the sausage and pepper stand.  The line for that particular stand is always the longest, no matter which street festival you’re at.  They even sell them at the sporting stadiums here (I swear, I will have lived in New York for 50 years and still be blow away by what a difference it is living here).  So instead of waiting in the longest line at the festival, we wanted to bring the flavor into our home and because you know, everything is better on a stick! Continue reading

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