The other day I woke up to the first snow fall of the season. Well…It wasn’t actually a snow fall, it was more like flurries. Still, it was enough to make me get into the winter mode of sitting by the fire with hot cocoa or some nice hot soup. Winter is my least favorite season, but I do like the feeling of coziness it evokes.
With the winter feeling running through me, I headed to the kitchen to make a huge pot of hearty soup. I started out with the idea that I would make minestrone, but I wanted it to be a full meal in a pot, so I quickly changed my mind and this soup was born. Besides onion, parsnip, broccoli rabe and zucchini, I added some sausage and cannellini beans to give the soup real substance. Just what’s needed on a cold winter’s day.
That night, I had a fire blazing. Martini, Austin and Anabel curled up in front of it to catch it’s warmth, (they’re my dogs in case you’re wondering) and John and I enjoyed our dinner by it’s glow. Scenes like this make me ALMOST like winter.
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