Archive for January, 2012

January 9, 2012

Racheal Ray is Awesome

Midwinter Minestrone was the special for today’s Sunday Soup. Its a recipe that I found one of my Racheal Ray cookbooks. The ” Look + Cook”. This soup was amazing and crazy easy to make. My 10 month old even enjoyed eating the soup. Its a 30 minute meal, something easy for the weekday. Or use it to impress your friends. It goes very well with some fresh baked french bread.

The picture should be linked to Racheal Ray’s website with the recipe, but if you’re feeling to lazy to click the photo, below is the recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1/4 pound sliced pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch dice (optional)
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped into 1/4-inch dice
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 bay leaves, fresh or dried
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 large or 2 medium red onions, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 ounce dried porcini or mixed wild mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 cup soft sundried tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock (32 ounces)
  • 1 small bunch purple or green kale, washed and dried
  • 1 cup semolina or whole wheat ditalini or other short-cut pasta
  • 1 can chickpeas (15 ounces)
  • Pecorino Romano cheese, grated or shredded, to pass at the table


Place a heavy-bottomed soup pot over medium-high heat with the EVOO. Add the pancetta to the pot (if using) and cook until crispy, 3-4 minutes. Add the carrots, celery, bay leaves, garlic and onion(s) to the pot; season with salt and pepper and cook until the veggies are tender, 7-8 minutes more.

Add the mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, stock, and 2 cups water to the pot, and bring up to a boil.

Hold the kale by the stems and curl up your opposite hand around the greens at the base of the stems. With a quick jerking motion, strip the greens off and away from the stems and chop the greens.

Add the kale, pasta and chickpeas to the soup pot and cook the pasta to al dente. Season the soup with salt and pepper, to taste. Discard the bay leaves.

Ladle the soup into shallow bowls, top with the Pecorino Romano and serve.

January 5, 2012

Wish I Took Naps

3 am baby boy starts crying. Get up give pacifier to him and put him back down. Go back to bed.
3:10 am baby boy cries again. Give him a bottle and clean diaper, he starts dosing. Put him back down. Go back to bed.
3:20 am baby boy is up crying again, hubby rocks hims, puts him back down. Goes back to bed.
3:30 am baby boy is crying again. Let him cry.
3:55 am, can’t handle the crying any more. Get up, snuggle him on couch. Didn’t work. Give him more bottle. Snuggle sleepy baby on couch. Decide to lean back to snooze a bit. Baby boy wakes and cries.
By this point I give up, put him on the floor so he can play. He is a happy baby boy now.
3 am is my wake up call, finally excepting that fact at 4:25 in the morning. Coffee is brewing and its going to be a long day.
Wish I took naps