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I cook all the time!  I love it!  Pasta is one of my families favorites.  I actually make pasta sauce: Chiarla's.  We sell in small stores and Whole Foods.  When the Dr told me she thought my rash was due to gluten intolerance and to stop eating gluten, I was shocked!  What else is there to eat: pasta, pizza, bread...hmmm
Well if you know me- after about 5 minutes of it sucks to be me- I moved on.  It wont be too hard and actually most of the time- it really isn't.  Time to time, Ill cheat but the instances have been rare because when I eat gluten, I get dots all over myself, look ugly, and feel horrible. So let's move on from part 1of the why I got here writing this blog to the part 2.
One of my favorite things to do is to cook with my boys: Tripp and Finn.  As a result, my boys love to help in the kitchen, will try anything, and my little boy Tripp is my official taste tester!  He critiques my cooking and my sauces.  He is a really funny kid.  He's actually really good at too, and I'm not just saying that because I'm his mom.  For example, my father in law works at a produce market, and brought home lemonade.  My son tried it and said, "you didn't say there was lime in it, pop-pop."  my father in law responded by saying, "Tripp there is not- it's lemonade" after a few back and forths of this banter.
my mother in law jumped in and reminded my father in law my son was 5.  The next day He went to the farmers market and asked the women who had made it if there was any chance that the lemonade had lime in it and shared the story.  Come to find out, my little taste tester was right!  There was lime in the lemonade!
So now for the meat and potatoes...maybe literally what are we doing in the kitchen tonight????

Tonight we are making a Tuscan sausage soup

Ready in about 45 minutes

8-10 baby carrots
2 stalks celery
1 small onion
1 small zucchini
1 potato
1 bag of 10 minute rice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
24 oz water
16 oz tomato product
1 package broccoli rabe sausage
2 tbsn fresh parsley

2 tspns garlic
Parmesan cheese

Mom Jobs:

  • Chop the following into bite size pieces:
8-10 baby carrots
one small onion
2 celery stalks
one small zucchini
one potato 
  • Peel skin off broccoli rabe sausage
  • Boil rice- in microwave or stove (I use brown rice in a bag- 10 minute rice)

Tripp and Finn Jobs:

  1. Pour 1/4 cup olive oil into pan
  2. Pour 24 oz water into pot
  3. Mush up sausage with spoon
  4. Put 2 tspn garlic
  5. Put everything in the pan


put on medium heat and cover while rice cooks- about 15 minutes

Then add tomato product- Today I added a jar of Chiarla's grandmas Sunday- but you can use canned tomatoes with basil, an unused pasta sauce, crushed tomatoes..whatever you have

Sprinkle with 2 tbsns fresh parsley., add rice and simmer for 15 more minutes

Boys sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top and serve!

One bowl of awesomeness!


Until next time...

Mom+ Tripp and Finn in the kitchen


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