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PostSubject: Minestrone   Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:29 pm

The wife mentioned minestrone. That's it, just mentioned it, that's all it took. Yes, it's 85 degrees out, but who cares.

In a large skillet went a few glugs of EVOO, 4 cloves roughly chopped garlic, the lower 1/3 (whites and some greens) of about 8 scallions - sliced, one zucchini - chopped, a large peeled carrot - chopped, about 12 crimini mushrooms - halved, about a pound of Italian turkey sausage. Everything is sauteed on fairly high heat to brown (but not so high as to burn the garlic).

The sausage comes out and is transferred to a plate (to be sliced later for reintroduction) and a big bunch of rainbow chard - stripped of stems and chopped coarsely - is added to the pot. Stir about a moment and add a can of cannelini beans, a handful of chopped sundried tomatoes, a big glug of red wine, and a couple of cans of beef broth. Bring to a boil, add sliced sausage, reduce to a simmer and cover for a 25 minute slow roll.

I cooked a small bit of little shell pasta and rinsed it in cold water to arrest the cooking process. After the 25 minutes the lid comes off the soup, the fire goes out, and the drained shells go in. Served up with a bottle of Smoking Loon Old Vine Zinfandel ($5 at Raley's, a great wine at this price point!) and I'm a hero.

Even the kids ate it, every drop Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Minestrone   Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:44 pm

P, I just booked my flight, pick me up at the Airport around noon. I'll bring my own bowl and spoon.
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PostSubject: Re: Minestrone   Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:46 pm

Chef PD,,,I checked my messages and apparently my invitation for supper wasn't forwarded,,,sorry for the mix up, my appologies,,,

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PostSubject: Re: Minestrone   Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:47 pm

Hey, I didn't even mention the Apple Hill apple pie yet MB Laughing The girls just put down grown man sized pieces and asked for more Shocked They ate more than I did Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Minestrone   Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:48 pm

MB,

You didn't read it carefully.... "The kids ate it, every drop" ... cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Minestrone   Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:48 pm

mark wrote:
Chef PD,,,I checked my messages and apparently my invitation for supper wasn't forwarded,,,sorry for the mix up, my appologies,,,
It must have ended up in your SPAM folder (pun intended, yuk yuk lol! )

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PostSubject: Re: Minestrone   Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:01 pm

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MB,

You didn't read it carefully.... "The kids ate it, every drop" ... cheers

I know, but PD's got the whole night to make more.
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PostSubject: Re: Minestrone   Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:02 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Minestrone   Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:12 pm

Midnight Blues wrote:

That's about 1 bean more than what's left here Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Minestrone   Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:16 pm

Puff Daddy wrote:
Midnight Blues wrote:

That's about 1 bean more than what's left here Laughing


I'll take it!
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PostSubject: Re: Minestrone   Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:17 pm

Man that smells good PD! I am writing that recipe down! Thanks for sharing it.
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PostSubject: Re: Minestrone   Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:28 pm

There's nothing more soothing that a big pot of minestrone. Sorry I missed dinner. Sounds wonderful!

I usually do mine vegetarian. Almost always have a rind of parmigiano ready to toss in, and some chiles. Often, a little splash of balsamico to brighten things up a little. A friend asked me for a recipe. What I sent here was basically, "Stock pot. Onions, garlic, chard, tomatoes, beans, other stuff. Cook. Eat." She thought I was being a wise-ass, and I was, but it's never the same twice, and that's what makes it so much fun.

PD, you've GOT to check out the dried runner cannellini beans from Rancho Gordo in Napa. They're immense and wonderful. The scarlet runners are great too, as are the midnight blacks, the yellow eyes, the vaquitos, the ojo de cabras, the Rio Zape...

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PostSubject: Re: Minestrone   Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:15 am

glpease wrote:
There's nothing more soothing that a big pot of minestrone. it's never the same twice, and that's what makes it so much fun.
Yep, it's a general idea and a blank canvas. Minestrone is freestyle heaven - there are no hard and fast rules other than it's usually soup Laughing

glpease wrote:
PD, you've GOT to check out the dried runner cannellini beans from Rancho Gordo in Napa.
I've had that one filed away for future visit since hearing your comments on the place earlier this summer. The first thing that came to mind was beans and greens with panchetta and lot's of garlic Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Minestrone   Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:16 am

Slow Puffs wrote:
MB,

You didn't read it carefully.... "The kids ate it, every drop" ... cheers

It's alright. I got an invitation too. I can make more if need be.

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PostSubject: Re: Minestrone   Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:54 am

Puff Daddy wrote:
glpease wrote:
There's nothing more soothing that a big pot of minestrone. it's never the same twice, and that's what makes it so much fun.
Yep, it's a general idea and a blank canvas. Minestrone is freestyle heaven - there are no hard and fast rules other than it's usually soup Laughing

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PD, you've GOT to check out the dried runner cannellini beans from Rancho Gordo in Napa.
I've had that one filed away for future visit since hearing your comments on the place earlier this summer. The first thing that came to mind was beans and greens with panchetta and lot's of garlic Cool

I do the runner cannellinis simply cooked and served with black truffle oil and a sprinkle of red Hawaiian salt as a starter. Since discovering Rancho Gordo, I haven't touched tinned beans. Unfortunately, it takes the spontaneity away, but they're just SO good. Besides, running out of beans, for me, is a good excuse to take a trip into Napa, and thats never a bad thing!
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