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SAUSAGE AND SPINACH SOUP

Sausage, Spinach and Pasta Soup - TSLCThis Sausage and Spinach Soup is great anytime.  We love it with my recipe for fried cornbread.  I love having soup made and in the refrigerator that I can reheat for lunch.  This is good with grilled cheese, too, or just add your favorite shredded cheese on top of the soup.

1 (14 ounce) package Smoked Sausage, sliced in rounds (Could use Italian or Polish, too)

1 tablespoon olive oil or cooking oil

3 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth

1 medium onion, chopped

2 medium sized carrots, scraped and sliced

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 cups chopped fresh baby spinach

1 (15.5 ounce) can red beans, drained and rinsed (could use pintos or even navy beans)

1 cup small pasta shells (could use whatever pasta you like)

Brown the sausage in the olive oil.  Drain if needed.  In a large pot combine sausage, chicken broth, onion, carrots, celery and spices.  Add the beans and bring to boil, turn down to simmer and let cook until carrots and celery are cooked. This takes about 20 minutes.  Add pasta shells and baby spinach and cook 10 to 15 more minutes until pasta is tender.  Makes about 2 1/2 quarts of soup.  Keeps well in the refrigerator for several days. Enjoy!

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Chicken Tortellini Soup.

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OLD-FASHIONED ICE BOX COLESLAW

Old-Fashioned Ice Box Coleslaw-TSLC

This recipe for Old-Fashioned Ice Box Coleslaw has been around a long time.  It is a tangy slaw that keeps in the refrigerator for up to a week or longer and goes great with just about any meal as a side dish. I love making this to go with baked beans on the 4th of July but it is good for any holiday.   Just the fact that it keeps for so long is good because you have it on hand to go with sandwiches, hot dogs and burgers anytime.  Each time I make this slaw I have forgotten how much we enjoy it and I hope you do, too.

1/2 of a large head of cabbage or 1 small head chopped or grated (I just chop mine)

1 small purple onion, chopped (can use regular onion)

1 green pepper, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 teaspoon celery seeds

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup white granulated sugar

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/3 cup oil (I use Canola)

1 teaspoon dry mustard

Combine cabbage, onion, green pepper, carrot, celery seeds, salt and pepper in a large bowl.  Set aside.  Combine sugar, vinegar, oil and dry mustard in a saucepan and bring to a boil on top of the stove. Remove and let cool.  Toss dressing with slaw mixture.  Refrigerate several hours or overnight.  Makes 7 to 8 cups coleslaw. Keeps up to a week refrigerated.  Enjoy!

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Regular Coleslaw.

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A LIST OF 10 INTERESTING FOOD FACTS

Some Interesting Food Facts

My love of food covers a lot more than just cooking.  I enjoy reading about food, food nutrition, and food facts.  Here are 10 things you might or might not know about some foods we eat every day. Enjoy!

1.  Honey is the only food that does not go bad or spoil.

2.  Peanuts are not nuts at all.  They are part of the legume family.  Peanuts grow under the ground and not on trees.

3.  Worcestershire sauce is made of anchovies.

4.  Carrots are a good source of fiber.

5.  Celery is 95% water, low in calories and high in fiber.

6.  Corn will always have an even number of rows on each cob.

7.  Blueberries have more antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable.

8.  The 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. is from choking on food.

9.  Research shows diet sodas may be worse for you than regular soda because they make you hungrier, make you crave more sugar and carbs and are addictive.

10.  Apple seeds are poisonous.

Did you find at least one you did not know about??? Do you have an unusual fact about food you want to share with everyone.  If so, leave a comment and add to the list.

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KITCHEN SINK SALAD

Kitchen Sink Salad - TSLCThis salad is a favorite of mine and I make it a lot.  Anne Parker and Leigh Harper, The Southern Twins, love this salad, too.  We call it Kitchen Sink Salad because we put everything in this recipe but the kitchen sink!  I am posting the recipe the way we like it.  You can add more or less of the ingredients or play with it to make it your own.

1 to 2 cups fresh baby spinach

1 to 1 1/2 cups baked or roasted chicken, cooked and chopped (This is good with bacon, ham, turkey or just about any meat)

1 ripe tomato, chopped

1/4 cup onion, chopped or about 3 green onions

3 to 4 radishes, sliced

1 carrot, shredded or cut in small pieces

1/3 cup craisins

1/3 cup raisins

1/3 cup walnuts or your favorite nuts (Walnuts are really good for you)

1 egg, boiled, peeled and chopped

1 apple, unpeeled, cored, seeded and cut up

1/2 cup of strawberries, sliced (can use blueberries or your favorite berry)

1/3 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (can use your favorite cheese)

Salt and Pepper to taste

Extra Virgin Olive Oil or your favorite salad dressing (We just put a little of the EVOO on ours for a dressing)

This salad is a meal and so healthy for you and so good. I can eat a big bowl of this by myself.  The above recipe makes approximately six to eight servings.  Enjoy!

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Fruity Fruit Salad.

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