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For some of you, it might be that time in the summer when you are wondering, what to do with all that Kale?  Kale is delicious, but it can sometimes be overwhelming to keep consuming all those leafy greens.  While I love making The Breakfast of Champions, it is nice to get some variety out of a vegetable so I decided to try something new.

For years my husband has told me about the sausage and kale soup his old roommate use to make.  When I tried to get more information from hubby to get an idea of the recipe, he told me it was cooked in a crock pot, had sausage, kale, and potatoes, and was amazing.  Since that was not enough to go on, I turned to the web and found this recipe for portuguese kale soup which I figured would do the trick.

This was definitely a nice change of pace for kale.  Cooking it in the form of soup changed the texture and flavor because it soaked up all the tasty broth.  Plus, it is always fun to have a veggie in a new recipe.

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This roasted squash soup is amazing.  It is perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day.  We saved all of the squashes we received from our CSA during the fall and then made this wonderful soup.  It is so rich and filling and freezes wonderfully for enjoying it later.

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Homemade Chicken Broth

Homemade Chicken Broth is the greatest thing ever.  We keep jars of it in the freezer and add it to soups, risotto, or any other dish that seems worthy.  I am not going to show many pictures because it is not a very appetizing process but the results are well worth it.

Basically anytime I roast a chicken, I save the carcasses by putting it in a zip lock bag and sticking it in the freezer.  I also always save the chicken neck or any other innards.  Once I have a lot of frozen parts, I put them all in a large pot and cover it with water.  I bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for a few hours.  I usually add 1/2-1 tsp of salt for every quart of water I use.

After it is sufficiently simmered, I strain the broth using a colander.  Then I pour it into jars and freeze it for latter.  If you wanted to be super healthy, you could put it in the fridge over night and then skim the fat off the top in morning.

This is a wonderful addition to any dish and actually very easy to make!

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Wow!  This soup knocked my socks off the first time I had it.  There are so many flavors and it almost tastes like a comfort food to me.  I will be totally honest; it tastes like comfort food because I have eaten a lot of ramen noodles in my lifetime.  Looking back on that, it’s totally gross to me.  However, this soup is amazing and full of freshness.  It has real flavor instead of a spice packet.

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