Sausage Kale Soup

Story and Recipe

By Claire Richardson

I can remember when my family got their first microwave. My mom was so excited and eager to cook anything in it- stating “this would make all of our lives so much easier”. That night as my family sat down to dinner anticipating the meal that was to come (of course using the microwave to cook some of the items) we thought our lives would be forever changed. As my mom removed the rolls from the microwave and placed them on the table we all noticed something a little off. There was no fluffiness, no browned color change and when my dad picked up the rock…I mean roll he could not even crush it with his hands. We all looked at each other and began to laugh. No matter how easy that microwave made things, we learned a valuable lesson- Don’t Cook Rolls in the Microwave.

Questions for the Table
Sunday dinner should be a time for you and your family to enjoy each other’s company without distractions. We know how hard that is, which is why we introduced three questions at dinner to engage the whole family. This exercise will reveal stories and details about your loved ones that you never knew – stories you will cherish.
Try it yourself! Use the questions below at your next Sunday Supper!
1.     What are the values you care about most?
2.     What do you enjoy most about living in the United States?
3.     What characteristic did you value the most in your parents?

Sausage Kale Soup

  • 2lbs pork sausage (unseasoned)
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic sale
  • ½ large onion, diced
  • 5 stalks celery, sliced
  • 3 stalks kale, washed, destemmed and torn into pieces
  • 3-32 oz beef broth
  • In a skillet, brown the pork sausage.
  • While the sausage is cooking add the salt, pepper and garlic salt.
  • In a slow cooker (crock pot) place the browned pork sausage, onion, celery kale and beef broth.
  • Place on low, cooking for 5- 6 hours.

Caramel Apples

This past year, we’ve purchased candy apples from the store, and over they just haven’t tasted the same as I remember from my childhood. So this year we chose to make our own with the help of Jessie Sheehan! Instead of salt, we rolled ours in sprinkles or other small candies that I knew the girls would just love (hello mini m&m’s). If you don’t want to make your own caramel, purchase two bags of caramels and melt them down- easy peasy!