Thursday, October 13, 2011

Black Bean, Sausage, & Sweet Potato Soup

I love food. I love cooking it, eating it, smelling it, reading about it, looking at it.... and I know this love was directly passed down from my mom, Lisa.

I am lucky that my mom is the amazing cook that she is. Growing up I loved to eat her food, and my brother and I have so many shared food-related memories. I decided I want to make a recipe book featuring some of my favorite recipes of hers, paired with photos of the food. So I came up with an idea to stay motivated to do so: I will make something every week, share the recipe with you to enjoy, and maybe share a tip or two that I have learned regarding food photography...something that is not easy. (By the way the photo below is just taken with my iPhone...not off to a great start but it will do).And who knows...maybe when I am done, you could win a copy of the recipe book! :) So here is one my favorite soup recipes from my wonderful mother, perfect for Fall. Enjoy!

P.S. want a cute place to write down this recipe? I stumbled across these free recipe printables from a beautiful food blog called Scissors.Paper.Rock. Click here!

::Black Bean, Sausage, & Sweet Potato Soup::

3 Cans of Black Beans
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Bay Leaf
1/4 tsp. Ground Allspice
4 Cups Chicken Broth
1Tablespoon Tomato Paste
1/2 pound kielbasa or other smoked sausage
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 lb Sweet Potatoes
3 Scallions, chopped
Sour cream for garnish (optional)

In a 4 Quart saucepan simmer beans, garlic, bay leaf, allspice, & broth, partially covered, about 20 minutes. Discard the bay leaf. in a blender puree 1 cup of the beans with 1 cup cooking liquid and return to the pan.

In a small bowl site together tomato paste and 1 Tablespoon of water and store into beans with sausage and worcestershire sauce. Simmer soup, covered, for 15 minute. (Soup can be prepared up to this point 3 days ahead, cooled uncovered and chilled covered).

While soup is simmering, peel sweet potatoes and cut into 1/2" pieces. Steam in a steamer until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir potatoes, scallions, and salt & pepper to taste into soup.

Garnish with scallion greens and if desired, sour cream. Enjoy!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Ten on Ten - Fall Style

I love Fall, and I love 10 on 10! 
Scratching your head wondering what '10 on 10' is?
10 consecutive photos every hour on the 10th of the month.
P.S. October is my favorite month of the year!

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