Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bowling. Snow,

Bowling was pretty good for me on Monday and we earned most of the points. However, we didn't move as a team. For some reason I rarely bowl well on Monday for the league. It is suggested I am trying too hard.

We had a fair amount of snow again this morning, but it stopped way before we went out. The roads weren't too bad luckily. I don't know if we will be going to the Mandarin or not tomorrow  but they are calling for more snow tonight. I don't remember we had a lot of snow last year, we are certainly getting it this year although not as much as some people - especially in the States.

I know I said I don't often use recipes from Closet Cooking and I know this has shades of yesterday's recipe, but I couldn't resist it, it looks so good.

Italian Sausage Stuffed Pepper Soup

All of the flavours of stuffed peppers in the form of a (much easier to make) hearty, and tasty soup
with Italian sausage for even more flavour!

1 cup uncooked long grain white or brown rice
2 cups water or beef broth
1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
1 Tbs oil
1 onion, diced
2 bell peppers, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce or tomato puree
2 cups beef broth
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbs parsley, chopped

1. Bring the rice ad water to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the water has been absorbed, about 20 minutes, before removing from the heat and letting sit, covered.

2. Meanwhile, cook the sausage in a large pan over medium-high heat and set aside, about 7-10 minutes.

3. Add the onions to the pan and cook for 5 minutes.

4. Add the peppers to the pan and cook for 5 minutes.

5. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, while stirring, about 1 minute.

6. Add the tomatoes, broth, sausage, onions and peppers, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

7. Add the rice, season with salt and pepper, remove from heat, mix in the parsley and enjoy!

Servings: 6

Option: For One-Pot: Make this a one-pot meal by adding the uncooked rice to the soup in step 5 with an extra 2 cups broth and cook until cooked, about 20 minutes.

Option: (Highly recommended) Add 1/2 cup grated parmesan to the soup and let it melt in! Yum!

Option: Replace the rice with quinoa or a blend of whole grains!

Option: Instead of cooking the rice separately, add it and 2 cups up extra broth to the soup at step 6 and simmer unto the rice is cooked, about 20 minutes.

Option: Replace the sausage with ground beef or ground turkey, etc.

Author: Kevin Lynch
Source: Closet Cooking

Have a great day


  1. Hi Jo - good luck with the snow - and hope you can get to the Mandarin. We might have snow at the end of the week ... we shall see - I love dishes like this ... so good for a hearty family supper or just me! Cheers Hilary

    1. Nope, our friend didn't want to drive in the snow. Maybe next week. I bet you won't get much bearing in mind where you live Hilary.

  2. At least your area knows how to handle snow. People here panic at the mere threat.

    1. Yeah, I remember Alex, no bread in the stores and we didn't get mail for a week one year.

  3. It's miserable here-a mix of snow and rain which will turn to rain. I wish my area got more snow...oh well. What i hate is the up and down temperature because it does a number on my joints. Glad you got out for bowling even if you didn't do as well as you liked.

    1. It's been snowing here all day and it is supposed to turn to freezing rain Birgit. Went to the store and when we came out it was definitely rain and by the noise, pretty sure it was freezing rain, or beginning to be.

  4. We're supposed to get rain tonight and tomorrow. It's going to turn this into a soupy, slippery mess.

    1. Nasty isn't it JoJo? Not sure what is happening outside right now.

  5. Do you think they are right and that you're trying too hard?

    1. Hope you can find a way not to try too hard.

    2. I don't really know I am trying too hard Ivy, but I guess I am a tad competitive which doesn't help.

  6. According to the weather forecast we're in for a heatwave today. It will be in the high 30sC. Yuk.

    1. Definitely yuk Pinky. We are often in the 30s during the summer, but not right now of course.

  7. Most of our snow and ice melted today, but some is still hanging around. That's four days plus. It usually only lasts a day.

    1. Did they get snow at the coast Diane? I know snow often falls inland and the coast only gets rain.