What's For Dinner

It's another bitter cold night in Wisconsin, with temperatures predicted to dip to -16° F overnight! You read that correctly. Sixteen below zero! A simmering pot of soup on the stove helps keep the cold away and makes me forget about anything but the wonderful aromas emanating from my kitchen.

Earlier today I found a recipe on Smitten Kitchen's blog for Lentil Soup with Sausage, Chard and Garlic that sounded like just the thing for a cold winter supper. Although the majority of our meals are vegetarian I did opt to keep the sausage in this recipe. I think it would be just as good without it, or you could even use a non-meat alternative in its place. Conveniently, I had everything I needed in my fridge and pantry, so I didn't have to venture out into the cold to make a trip to the market. The only change I made was to use kale instead of chard. The recipe makes a generous amount so I'll be able to freeze half for a future meal and still have plenty for a few lunches in the days ahead. The soup is also very pleasing to the eye as well as the taste buds. Doesn't it look scrumptious? You won't be disappointed.

I'd picked up a few loaves of some good crusty bread at Trader Joe's almost a week ago. I usually buy several loaves and freeze them, since I'm over an hour away from the nearest store. Unfortunately I left one loaf out, intending to use it right away, and then forgot about it. I heard you can revive a stale loaf of bread by splashing it under the kitchen tap, wrapping it in foil and warming it in the oven for a few minutes. Worked like a charm! Crusty on the outside and nice and soft on the inside. A nice glass of red wine finished off the meal perfectly. I can't wait to have it again for lunch tomorrow.

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