This weekend is going to be NUTS!

But fun, I love it. I think I’ve needed this. I know I will be taking a nap on Sunday. Will fill ya’ll in laters.

Thinking about getting my hair cut tonight if I can get my check early. I’ve begged, but if they don’t arrive, they don’t arrive.

I received a package from my Secret Pal. Picked it up from the PO this mornin’. NICE! Will post pictures, along with other promised pictures soon.

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White Bean Soup with Roasted Turkey Italian Sausage, Zucchini, and Basil
(Makes 6-8 servings)

2 cups dried white beans (soak 10-12 hours)
5 cups chicken stock
1 cup water, plus added water as needed
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried marjoram (or use oregano if you don’t have marjoram)
1 tsp. ground fennel
1 pkg. turkey Italian Sausage (5 links)
2 cups diced zucchini
1 tsp minced garlic
fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp. hot pepper flakes, or less (I used the Peperoncino I got from Ilva, but you could also use Aleppo pepper or a smaller amount of Cayenne)
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil or about 6 T frozen basil (could use less if you don’t have a good supply of basil)

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400 F. Soak dried beans overnight, or all day while you’re at work. Drain soaked beans, rinse, and remove any loose skins or broken pieces. Place beans in soup pot with chicken stock, water, chopped onion, dried basil, dried marjoram or oregano, and ground fennel and cook at a low simmer about one hour, or until beans are starting to get tender. (The cooking time of dried beans depends greatly on how old they are, even when the beans have been soaked, so check by tasting.)

While beans cook, roast turkey sausage about 45 minutes, or until well browned and firm. Remove sausages from roasting pan, then deglaze pan with 1/2 cup water, scraping off the browned bits from the bottom of the pan, and add to soup. Cut sausage in half lengthwise, and then into slices. Wash zucchini and cut into 1/2 inch pieces.

After beans seem like they are close to being done, add sliced roasted turkey Italian sausage, chopped zucchini, garlic, black pepper, and hot pepper flakes and simmer 30-45 minutes more. When beans are fully softened and cooked, add chopped fresh basil or frozen basil and cook 5 minutes more. Serve hot.

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Need to find a pizza dough recipe. My envelope of recipes were left behind.

I hope I can find my favorite white bread recipe too. Oh good, found it. You’d think I’d have it memorized by now.

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