Thursday, January 03, 2008

January 1'st was a nice day. Unfortunately it was the last day of the Holiday break and the return to work loomed overhead like the employment-equivalent of Fat Man & Little Boy. Although 2008 felt suspiciously similar to 2007, I made every attempt to enjoy the last day of vacation. I slept in late, lounged around watching TV, and enjoyed the simple elegance of a perfectly chilly day...

...which ultimately made for some really good eating. As the daylight slowly turned to dark, I realized it was the perfect night for a fire, a bottle of Chardonnay, and some Sausage & Spinach Soup in Bread Bowls.

Sausage & Spinach Soup

Olive Oil, foor cooking sausage
1 lb Italian Sausage, casing removed
1/2 Cup Dry Red Wine
6 Cups Beef Stock
1 14oz. can Crushed Tomatoes
Pepper, to taste
1 Cup Chopped Spinach

In a medium stock pot, heat olive oil then cook sausage until browned using spoon to break up any big pieces.
Deglaze pot with red wine. Reduce until almost dry.
Add beef stock and bring to a simmer.
Add tomatoes and pepper.
Simmer for about 30 minutes, skimming away any scum that rises to the top.
Add the spinach and cook for 5 minutes more.


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