. Hot Italian Sausage Soup .

I love soup 🥣 on rainy depressing days. It has been raining for two days straight and I have an abundance of kale in my garden so I made soup. Over quarantine I started making these cooking videos on my stories on Facebook and instagram. when I started getting around 500 views a day and people started asking me to sell platters I figured it was time to come back to mom lawn and start publishing my cooking videos. My tiktok does not really get much attention as my Facebook but here is my tiktok. (I don’t own a dutch oven, so I used a pan to sauté everything, if you have a dutch oven use it instead.)Recipe below. https://www.tiktok.com/@she_legend4/video/7001941391261715718?lang=en&is_copy_url=0&is_from_webapp=v1&sender_device=pc&sender_web_id=6950127771403453957

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 LB Hot Italian sausage – split the casings and remove the sausage (throw away the casings)
  • Tablespoon of extra virgin olive 🫒 oil
  • Jarred roasted red pepper 🫑 – chopped
  • 2 Celery stalks – chopped
  • 1/2 large onion 🧅 -chopped
  • 4 garlic 🧄 cloves – minced or grated
  • potato 🥔 – peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 bunch of kale 🥬 – trimmed of stem
  • 6 cups of chicken stock (or chicken broth)
  • 1- 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes 🍅 (or you can chop a tomato)
  • Salt 🧂 and pepper to taste
  • 1 Teaspoon of dried Italian seasoning

Directions:

  • Heat olive oil in a pan/dutch oven if you have one, over medium heat
  • Break the sausages up into pieces and cook until browned
  • Remove from pan and set aside.

Next:

  • Take a paper towel and soak up some of the olive oil. (leave some in there)
  • sauté onions and celery (about five minutes)
  • Add roasted red peppers to the pan
  • Add garlic cook for one minute

Then:

  • Move everything into a pot and add back the sausage
  • Add the tomato
  • Add 6 cups of chicken stock or broth
  • Add Italian seasoning / salt and pepper to taste
  • Bring to a boil
  • Reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes

Lastly:

  • Add potatoes and Kale 🥬
  • Bring to a boil again
  • Reduce to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes
  • Serve hot- I like to put shredded parmigiano reggiano cheese on top with garlic bread on the side 😋

BBQ Ranch Chicken

I saw a recipe on Pinterest that looked delicious. When I looked in the comment section, I saw a lot of people who had tried it said it could have been better, so I decided to make it and put my own spin on it.
So here it is MomJawn style:
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Ingredients:
2 lbs of chicken drumsticks
Two packets of Ranch seasoning
Bottle of BBQ Sauce
Garlic powder
First, season thawed chicken with garlic power.
Place chicken in crockpot for about 3 hours (2 and half hours usually does the trick)
Then take the drumsticks out of crockpot and put on a plate
Mix Ranch packets in a bowl with BBQ sauce.
Empty crockpot and wash it out.
Put the chicken back in the crockpot and pour over the BBQ / Ranch sauce
Turn the crockpot on for another half hour.
After 30 minutes; place aluminum foil on a baking pan and set the oven to broil and take out when the chicken looks crispy! Enjoy!

Wela’s Gazpacho

This post is dedicated to my Abuela, Cruz, probably my most favorite person in the world.

My grandmother, Wela, as I and all her grandchildren who were unable pronounce Abuela correctly would call her, was a fantastic cook. Her food brought together the whole family on holidays. I don’t say extended family, because to Puerto Ricans there is no such thing as extended family, we are just La Familia.

On Sundays she would invite us over for lunch and one of my favorite meals she would prepare was Gazpacho. Now, I know what your thinking, cold soup right? Wrong! My whole life I had no clue that when people say Gazpacho they are actually referring to a cold soup, I found this out one time when I was at a restaurant super excited when I ordered Gazpacho only to be wildly confused when the waiter brought out a bowl of soup!

Wela’s Gazpacho is actually a refreshing salad dish that can be served on French bread or by itself. It is incredibly easy to make.

Here is what you will need:

  • Avacado
  • Boneless Salt Cod Fillets
  • lettuce
  • 1 red union (or white but the red makes it look prettier)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Tomato

First you will need to rinse off the excess salt from the fillets, then soak in cold water over night. You should dump out the cold water at least three times and add new water each time. This will help get rid of all the salt.

If you want you can prep for the next day by dicing the onion and putting it in the fridge in a separate container.

When you are ready to make your Gazpacho take it out of the fridge and dump the water again. Place the Cod Fish in a pot and fill with cold water and bring it to a boil. As soon as it boils drain the Cod Fish and set to the side to cool.

After the fish is cool break the fish apart in flakes, be on the look out for espinas (fishbones)

Add chopped onions, tomato, avacado  and oil and vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Don’t go too crazy on the salt, keep in mind that the Cod Fish was already packed in salt.

That’s it! Your done! Put it on French Bread and enjoy!