Thursday, November 29, 2012

Back to the kitchen!

Thanksgiving (and cooler weather) had me back in the kitchen last weekend!

First on the list?  A classic.  The perfect vehicle for delivering Thanksgiving leftovers...the leftover sandwich! Wheat toast, mayo, dressing, gravy, turkey and cran = perfection.  How do you serve up your leftovers?

Second, something new.  When the "cool front" blew in (Hey, its Houston. We take what we can get.), I decided to make a hearty stew.  I threw in some Texas classics (smoked sausage and jalepenos) with some more trendy mix-ins (white beans and kale) and set out to make crock-pot magic...delish!

Here's what I did, should you be so inclined!

White Bean, Sausage and Kale Stew

3 cans white beans
1 sausage link (I used jalepeno sausage)
1-2 jalepenos, finely minced
1 onion, chopped
1 cup kale leaves, chopped
1 quart chicken broth
3 tablespoons brown sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Chop your veggies and add all ingredients to a crock-pot.  Cook on low for 6 hours.  (Or, 1 hour on medium and 3 hours on low if you get in a time crunch like me!)  As with most of my soups/stews, I served this with a square of cornbread on the bottom of the bowl.  That way you get a little bread in every bite!



  1. White girls (heart) food pictures. Ha!! I posted a food picture tonight too. That first picture looks like something out of a magazine though. OMG- heavenly!!!! I'll have to try your stew! Nick isn't a big soup eater but if it's a STEW then that's a different story.

    I think you should do a Christmas/Hanukkah tour of home next!

    1. You are so right! Kyle used to get annoyed I was snapping pictures of everything we made. Now he's like "Can I take a bite? Did you get a good one yet?" HA! Just tell Nick its sausage and beans, totally boy friendly!

      I will definitely be detailing all of the Christmukah happenings!!!

  2. I cannot wait to see what you do with the tree to Cooper-proof it. Also, wonder if he figures out what the wrapped boxes at the bottom are and if they are all for him.

  3. My hubby makes similar soup minus the brown sugar. He uses linguica style sausage. He lived in Portugal for a yr and fell in love with their cuisine.