Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lots to Love

Hope everyone had a nice Valentine's weekend. Mine was lovely. This was my beautiful Valentine's table. I made a batch of my Strawberry Cannoli and my sweet Mum got me six Sugar Free Chocolate Covered Strawberries YUM! and this gorgeous cake plate. I absolutely love it. You can change the ribbon to match the holiday.

It's raining today and from what I hear it will be this weekend too. The Farmer's Market is rain or shine, we have some die-hard farmers but the weather may put a damper on my hiking plans. Looks like I may have to Zumba again. Quick! Close the blinds!

I actually am enjoying the rain today. The neighborhood was getting dusty and needed a bit of a wash and I have been dying to make a big pot of Italian Grandma love.

Shelly's Tuscan White Bean Stew

4 Italian Sausage Links, hot or sweet, 1/2" slices (I used fully cooked Italian Chicken Sausage)
2 Yellow Onions, chopped
1 Tablespoon Garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons Good White White
1 (15 oz.) can Cannellini Beans, drained & rinsed
1 (15 oz.) can Garbanzo Beans (aka Chickpeas, Ceci) drained & rinsed
1 (10 oz.) bag Baby Spinach
1 (14.5 oz.) can Chicken Broth
1 cup Water
1 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
2 Tablespoons of grated Parmesan plus a little more for topping
Olive Oil for sauteing

Saute onion till golden. Add sausage. I used fully cooked Italian sausage, if you are using uncooked cook till no pink is seen. Add all the remaining ingredients. Do not skip the wine, no one will catch a buzz off your stew, the alcohol will cook off but the flavor is vital. Simmer covered, on low 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you can make it earlier in the day or the night before and reheat even better. Everything gets a chance to love on each other. Serve with an additional sprinkle of Parmesan.
I used an absolutely delicious fully cooked Italian Chicken Sausage with Pepper & Onions made by AMYLU, ATK Foods. They also make those super yummy Sweet Caramelized Onion Chicken Burgers with Red Bell Peppers and Gouda Cheese I reviewed awhile back. Well these sausages are another winner. Highly recommend them. If you email the company I'm sure they will be able to tell you who locally carries them or looks like you can even order online. I will definitely add these to my Pantry Essentials List. Love them.

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10 comments:

Ordinary Girl said...

I made mini quiches because of your recipes and they were very nice - thanks!

Stephanie said...

I asked hubby if I could make something like this and he said itlooked great!! I can't wait to try it his weekend. You make the best stuff!! When are you going to do a book?

Kristi said...

The Tuscan White Bean Stew looks yummy, but what is Good White White?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hope you guys enjoy it. Leftovers are delicious the next day.


@Kristi Good wine = stuff you would drink not that nasty stuff labeled "cooking wine"

Kristina said...

Did you buy the sausage at Trader Joes?

Deb said...

Girl i am 3 years post op and this is still one of my good to sites DAILY. Thank you for all your inspiration, wisdom and recipes:)
What I am wondering is why no hot guy has found you yet? You are a catch- and then some...I wish you love in this new year- you deserve it big time:)
Deb in Boston

Michelle "Shelly" said...

@Kristina No this one isn't from Trader Joe's. They have some similar but not this particular one.

@Deb LOL yeah huh?! what's up with that? ;) TY for the love.

Darlene @ Connecticut Weight Loss Surgery said...

definitely a good recipe...and a tasty one, it is on the list for the days with no inspiration

Mz Jonez said...

I made the Tuscan Bean Stew and it was absolutely Wonderful. Only I used sweet Turkey Italian sausage and I didn't add the wine because I didn't have any. I sent it to my Mom. Keep em comin

Susan said...

I made this Tuscan Bean Stew tonight so we could have it for dinner tomorrow. It smells and tastes FANTASTIC. You are the best! I don't know what I would do without your recipes.

thanks
Susan