Yesterday was quite remarkable for me.
It wasn’t the first day the Twin Cities ever got to 44 degrees on a March day. However, since we’ve had a very long, brutally cold, and snowiest winter, 44 degrees seems wonderfully remarkable! 🙂 And, we had a sunny day to boot!
The other first had to do with my culinary skills. Except for a very few dishes, I always follow a recipe. Yesterday, however, I threw all caution to the wind! I made Sarah’s Tuscan Soup (in the March issue of Stanton Sunshine magazine – see http://stantonsunshine.net/2014/03/02/sarahs-tuscan-soup/) and followed the directions exactly – which was to use your own discretion for the amounts of each ingredient. So how did my experiment turn out?
First, I should give you a little background on my husband’s tastes. He adds spices and more pepper to almost everything I make — right at the table. You should know that in this experiment, he did not. And it was spicy enough for him! Which means, since I got a little carried away with the red pepper flakes and fresh garlic I threw in, I needed to drink lots of milk to calm down the fire in my mouth. So….the recipe done Mrs. Stanton’s way, received thumbs up AND thumbs down.
I must say that I think this soup is a nice balance of protein, starch, and lots of healthy vegetables. Try it! 🙂