Living in the northeast section of the United States has it’s advantages. We get fresh seafood most of the year, great produce, and of course there’s the beach! But living in the northeast section of the United States also has it disadvantages, namely hurricanes, tropical storms and Nor’ Easters.
Although I’m not a native of the area, I’ve been here most of life, and while Texas will always be home, I’ve come to think of New Jersey as home too. And to see the devastation that was wrought on the shore communities of the state nearly broke my heart. The amount damage to the state was unheard of, and while may escaped the wrath of the storm with only power outages, some lost everything….
As a member of the blogging community, I am always proud how so many food bloggers stand up to be counted when tragedy strikes, and this certainly qualifies as a tragedy. A group of us have been working on ideas of how to help, and we thought the best and fastest way was to create a badge that everyone could use on their own websites to help collect money for the American Red Cross.
Just grab the badge from any sidebar you see it in, and place it on your website, or copy and paste the image with a link to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. We’re not asking for any link backs, or even any mentions, so please don’t. Just display the badge with the link to the Red Cross and ask your friends to do the same.
It’s the right thing to do, and no one should ever benefit from helping others in need. There are many organization asking for help, and if you know of any others, by all means include in your post. With so many suffering such loses, it’s going to be a long time before these wounds have healed.
I wanted to make something comforting for this post, and when so many have so little I didn’t feel a dessert was the message I wanted to convey. And then I remembered the day Mama Jeanette found me on that park bench. I was cold, wet, exhausted, and so very near the end of my rope, but when Mama Jeanette put that bowl of soup down in front of me for the first time in months, I felt hope. There’s just something magical about soup, it warms the body and warms the soul.
So for my post today, I made one of my favorite soups, nothing fancy just a simple chicken soup. I happened to have some sausage tortellini on hand so they found their way into the soup pot, but any noodle would work just as well.
- 3 carrots peeled and diced
- 1 small onion diced
- 4 stalks celery diced
- 1 green squash diced
- 2 cups (85 g) baby spinach
- 16 oz (459 g) cannellini beans
- 12 oz (336 g) sausage tortellini
- 4 cups (950 ml) chicken stock
- season with black pepper and sea salt to taste
- in a small stock pot add a tablespoon of olive oil, the diced carrots, celery, onion and zuchinni and allow them to cook for 5-7 minutes.
- Add the chicken stock, bring to a boil, turn down the heat and allow to simmer.
- Add the cannellini beans and continue to simmer for about 30 minutes.
- Add in the spinach and tortellini and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes.
- season with sea salt and black pepper to tatse
- serve with a sprinkle of grated cheese and crusty bread.
As we enter the winter in North America soup will be a welcome addition to any table, and it does have a way of making every thing seem better. As we near Thanksgiving, think of all those less fortunate, especially those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Give what you can, when ever you can, because every little bit helps.