I don’t know if I mentioned this in my first post but I live in a small coastal town in Washington State.  Ocean Shores, WA to be exact.  And here in Ocean Shores or OS as we locals call it, the weather is pretty crazy.  Like for the last 3 days we’ve dealt with temperatures in the 30’s and 20 mph constant winds with gusts up to 35 or 40 mph.  We do get a lot of rain and fog here because we are right on the pacific coast.  Someday I’ll do a “around my town” blog post but for right now the reason I’m telling you this is because it’s cold and windy here.  It’s the perfect weather for soup after a long walk. So yesterday I made one of my favorites, Italian Sausage Soup. It’s one of my mom’s recipes and it looks pretty damn delicious if I say so myself.  But here’s the rub…..it tasted like someone (could it be me?!???) dumped a whole package of salt in it. I mean, it was completely inedible.  How the hell did this happen? I told you in my first post, I’m trying to be a better cook.  I swear! I’ve been married to the same man for 30 years, we have 2 grown children and they have all survived my cooking throughout the years. I mean really, nobody has died from my cooking, I swear!!!!!  My mom is an AMAZING cook!  My daughter got her cooking genes but apparently they skipped me.  So getting back to my soup….

When I start to cook anything, I like to gather all my ingredients together.  I think it looks so pretty. Don’t you?  The first thing I did was fry up the Italian sausage.  I forgot to take a picture of that step.  So I got the meat all browned up but then I had to run into the big city(that’s about a 45 minute drive from my home) to run an errand for my son.  So by the time I got back, the meat had cooked all the way through, it was nicely browned.  However, it had sat in the sausage grease for about an hour and a half.  So I drained the meat, I reserved a little of the grease to cook my onions, garlic and celery (my trifecta of goodness) in.  This may be the point where I screwed up, I don’t know.  I may have had a couple glasses of wine by this point and thought this was a good idea.

So after that, I drained the beans and put them in, along with the tomato sauce and chicken broth.  The recipe calls for 2 beef bouillon cubes so I put those in.  Those are salty, right? (Another culprit to the saltiness…maybe) 

After putting in the beef bouillon, I added a cup of salad macaroni and the carrots and zucchini

I put these veggies in last because my husband doesn’t like cooked, mushy carrots or zucchini.  This way they get warmed up but not overcooked.

So, that’s my Italian Sausage Soup.  Where do you think I went wrong?  And how did I fix this? You bet I did!  I wasn’t about to waste all this good stuff.  Well I was thinking about this as I went to bed (isn’t that sad that the last thought I had before falling asleep was how am I going to fix this soup?) Well I’ll tell ya little missy how I fixed it.  I simply drained all the liquid out of the soup.  I rebuilt the base of the soup and then just added back in the yummy good stuff.  And you know what?  It worked perfectly!  Now I have a yummy warm filling soup that I can heat up after one of our long walks.

So tell me.... have you ever done this before?  Fix a meal only to have it go terribly wrong? How did you fix yours? Let me know... I'm dying to find out!

Until Friday... Peace Out!



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    I come from a long line of really good cooks.  How is it that this talent has skipped me?


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