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Back to this space after a couple months of forced hiatus, thanks to a hectic work schedule that sucked the creativity out of my kitchen time.  And to kick off fall, wanted to share this amazing soup that packs a spicy punch with hearty, autumnal ingredients.  Italian sausage, red new potatoes, kale, and kidney beans dance together in this pot-o-goodness.

Portuguese Kale Soup

4 ounces spicy turkey or Italian sausage

1 medium yellow onion, diced

2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped (3/4 cup)

4 cups chicken stock + 4 cups water

8 ounces kale, thick stems removed and leaves sliced (8 cups)

1 clove garlic, minced

12 ounces red potatoes, halved and sliced (2 cups)

1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 can cooked red kidney beans, drained

(1) Remove casing from sausage, crumble and brown in a 5-quart stock pot. Drain on paper towel when cooked through, leaving 1 tablespoon of oil in the pot.

(2) Cook onion, celery and garlic over medium-low heat in the oil til softened. Return sausage to pot, and add stock and kale.  Bring to a simmer, cover and cook 10 minutes.

(3) Stir in potatoes, red pepper sauce, salt and simmer covered, 20 minutes or until potatoes and kale are tender. Then add the beans and cook until heated through.

Not quite sure what makes it ‘Portuguese,’ to be honest. (I take my Aunt Karron for her word that it’s inspired by the folks from Lisbon.)  All that matters is that it’s unique, addictively delicious and pretty healthy too.

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There’s truly no cuisine like New Orleans cuisine. And if you ever watch Emeril — or saw this season of Top Chef — you know that it holds a special place in American culture. In honor of Mardi Gras last week and to satiate a craving, my dad prepared the spicy and savory Louisiana classic: Barbecue Shrimp over white rice.  The butter sauce is rich and flavorful — a blend of garlic, southern beer, worcestershire sauce, thyme, lemon juice, black pepper, and, of course, red Louisiana hot pepper sauce.

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Served over white rice and a hunk of crusty French bread, this is definitely a filling meal.  We also enjoyed these potato pancakes on the side — perfect with an extra dash of hot sauce or a dunk in the barbecue shirmp juices.

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