Being a girl that was born in Pennsylvania, and brought up in Ohio, my Mom always fixed pork and sauerkraut for New Year's Day. This year I changed it up and fixed a pot of Black-Eyed Pea with Sausage Soup to bring in the New Year.
I'm using a favorite Winter teacup that's marked Clarence, Bone China, Made in England. I love the pine cone spray inside the teacup.
I saw the recipe for this stew on The Today Show, but adapted it to make a soup. I was pleasantly surprised by how flavorful and spicy it was. I will definitely be making this soup again. Here's the adapted recipe:
Black-Eyed Pea and Sausage Soup:
- 1 lb. Italian Sausage (I used a mixture of hot and mild)
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced(I'm not sure this is needed with the hot Italian sausage)
- One 14-ounce can Italian tomatoes, drained and chopped
- 3 cans black-eyed peas, drained
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, plus leaves for garnish, optional
1. In a large dutch oven, brown the sausage.
2. Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic and jalapeño to the dutch oven and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until just beginning to brown, about 6 minutes. Add the tomatoes, the black-eyed peas, along with the broth. Season lightly with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover partially and simmer until the soup is heated through.
3.Add the chopped cilantro, season with salt and pepper and simmer the stew for a few minutes. Spoon the pea-and-sausage soup into deep bowls, garnish with cilantro leaves and serve.
Recently I won a ThermoWorks Chef Alarm, which was coordinated by Jean's blog at Delightful Repast. This probe can be used for so many things, one of which I used for my Civil War Starter Bread, to make sure that reached the proper temperature. As you can see, Jean even asked what color I would like to pick for my Chef Alarm, and of course, I picked red!
Once a year, I splurge on a beef tenderloin for Christmas Eve, in honor of my late Beloved Husband, who loved to have it for our family's Christmas Eve meal. The probe was used for this, to make sure that it reached the perfect temperature. Thank you so much to ThermoWorks for this Chef Alarm, and to Jean, who reviews these fabulous products and coordinates it all. I know I'll be using it to check the temperature of so many things.
Pope Francis has declared this the Year of Mercy, and I had been learning about mercy this Advent season.
Here is a prayer that I wrote for my family for Christmas. I was so hoping that it would be meaningful:
I pray for God's Mercy for each of you and may you bring God's love and mercy to everyone you meet. Mercy is a gift that you can give and receive.
I pray, also, for peace in the world, in my home and yours, and peace in myself and for all of you. Amen.
Happy New Year to all my friends. Thank you for all your thoughtfulness and kindness that you've shown me throughout the year. You mean the world to me.
I am sharing this with these lovely parties:
Thank you for your visit! xo