Soup, Sandwiches and Dessert

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I haven’t been cooking much lately, it’s been a whirl wind couple of weeks here as I lost a much loved cousin of mine to cancer, but recently I had to pull together a quick lunch for visiting family, fortunately I had all the ingredients to make this Sausage and Chard Soup. A big pot of comforting soup simmering on the stove always hits the spot.

Brown 1/2 lb. of crumbled Italian sausage, ( I used spicy)** Toss in 2 chopped carrots, 1 chopped onion and 1 large minced garlic clove** Add 1 1/2 cans of drained cannelini beans ( reserve half can) and a few cups of chopped swiss chard or kale** Pour in 1 1/2 boxes of chicken stock ( reserve the other half box)** If you have a cheese rind or two, put that in** Season with salt, pepper and a sprig of rosemary** Take the remaining 1/2 can of beans and the rest of the broth and place both in a bowl and if you have an immersion blender or just a regular blender give it a whirl and pour into the pot, this will act like a thickening agent. Cook until veggies are tender, it doesn’t take long.

In the meantime I sent the husband out to a nearby deli to pick up some Italian Subs consisting of provolone, salami, capicola, mortadella, tomato, onion and oil all on fresh Italian bread.

Worried that it wasn’t enough I quickly made some, Peppers and Eggs. Five or six large peppers seeded and cut into strips then sauteed in olive oil until soft, add in a dozen beaten eggs and lots of grated romano cheese, salt and pepper.
This is a big family favorite, such a humble sandwich that tastes like a million bucks! We’ve been eating this since we were kids, I always top mine with hot giardinera!
No time to bake? No problem! Just make a quick stop at our favorite Italian Bakery, you can never go wrong with Napoleans, Sfogliatelle, and fresh filled Cannoli’s!
For all my local peeps if you haven’t already done so please check out The Italian Bakery at 82 E. Lake St. Addison, Il. Always consistant and good!
Have I told you that they make a great cannoli cake? We order them all the time! Cash Only.
But my personal favorite are their cannoli’s, crunchy and creamy with every bite! Now all you need to do is put on a big pot of coffee, a match made in heaven!
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  1. My parents tell me I have English bloodlines, but if I understand my history, Rome conquered England. It must come from there because I have always loved Italian food!

  2. Everything looks amazing!! I love the food you make!!

  3. I am so sorry to hear about your cousin. It is wonderful though that your friends and family have a place to go for some warmth and comfort.
    I’ve often seen pepper and egg sandwiches on menus but I’ve never known quite what it was. So glad to see it on here along with a picture. It sounds amazing and it’s all I can think of now! 🙂 My weekend soup plans have also just changed, looks like I’m making sausage and chard soup instead of escarole, cannelini and turkey meatball soup. Chard is coming in my weekly CSA share too so it must be meant to be.

  4. Good grief! I get hungry every time I look at this site.

  5. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. You feeding your family like this must give them and you alot of comfort. Good food that comes from the heart is always welcome. And thanks for sharing the bakery reference, I’ve been meaning to give them a try.
    Ariana from Chicago

  6. I’m sorry for your loss.

    I love the pepper and eggs recipe, that’s one I’ll definitely try. And I would love a cannoli right about now!

  7. As always, your offerings were wonderful! The soup and egg sandwiches could keep me happy for a long time.

    It would be great if I could run out for some good deli or pastries but not in Indiana!!!

    Whose bread do you use for your sandwiches?

  8. I love making sausage and greens soups. It’s one way to mitigate the sometimes too-strong flavors of greens and gives you a good base to play with too. It can be a very typical lunch for as I try to always have some homemade stock in the freezer.

    Trying to do a sugar fast right now, so your baked goods photo are just too tempting. I have a pretty good bakery down the street, but I tend to stay out of there because it’s hard to go in wtihout coming out with more than I need!

  9. I’m so sorry for your loss, Marie. You are a generous soul to feed the crowd, both physically and spiritually.
    Love that pepper-and-egg sammie – my Mom would have doused it with hot pepper flakes (and me, too)!

  10. I am sorry for the loss of your cousin. Your blog is the first “foodie” blog I began following as I too am a “proud Italian cook”. As time has past, I realize we love several of the same places. I too go to the Italian Bakery in Addison (have been for years!) They have made all of my kids Christening, Communion, and special event cakes over the years. Freddy’s in Cicero is another favorite. Not sure if it is too far for you, but I have found that Frankie’s Deli in Lombard has delicious Italian sausage. Thank you for your blog as I enjoy you and your recipes so much!

  11. I’m so sorry to read about the loss of your cousin, Marie. Your quick lunch for your family looks delicious. You are so lucky to have so many wonderful deli’s in your area where pastries and cold cuts are readily available. I’m going to add your bakery to my list of places we must visit on my next trip to visit my daughter.

    Congratulations on your visit from the Fairy Hobmother.

  12. I could really go for a bowl of that sausage and chard soup right now! It looks so good!

  13. Everything looks so good. There is NOTHING like a good Italian bakery. I can’t find any here in Virginia so I miss the ones I am used to from when I lived on Long Island. I love cannoli’s too and of course rainbow cookies!

  14. Love your blog. I really miss a good Italian Deli and/or bakery.

  15. I learned about peppers and eggs from my husband’s family. Now a favorite in our house too. You’re right comfort food. Soups, sandwiches everyone has a favorite. I hope you and your family are getting back to normal.
    Take care

  16. My father still makes peppers and eggs every morning. That soup looks sooooo good, just made a mean Pasta e Fagiole last night. I know what soup we will be having next Monday.

  17. This is such a beautiful way to gather people together. It evokes all that is loving in the world.

  18. It all looks so good…can’t wait for the pizzelles..

  19. Sorry for your loss – and yet you continue to spread joy to all of us! Never thought to make the eggs and peppers sandwiches. Looks delicious.
    Still lamenting the bakery. Maybe its a good thing (for my hips) that there isn’t a good one close by!

  20. Thank you for the recipes and commentary, during such a dark hour for your family. Sharing our family customs, including food is such a beautiful way to keep those who’ve gone before us, alive in spirit. Peace to your family.
    Lisa in Sag Harbor

  21. Yummy in your tummy!
    Pepper and egg sandwiches….my long lost Dad’s fav!

  22. My condolences go out to you and your family.

    Everything you make is amazing! You really inspire me to explore different things that I wouldnt normally eat. I think I may be making this soup for dinner:) thank you for always sharing great food!!!

  23. Sorry for your loss. The soup recipe looks delicious, as does the egg salad. I’ve never eaten eggs like that, but it looks delicious! Always love your blog.

  24. My sympathies on your loss. Cancer seems to be everywhere. But, my, a veritable feast spread you arranged!
    I’m a sucker for cannoli — made them once or twice, when I was young and nervy. Now, I’m afraid I’d nuts them up. No great bakery nearby!

  25. Those subs remind me of the Alpine Deli, so fresh, so tasty. I still have chard growing, time for soup.
    Thanks for sharing.

  26. My most sincere sympathy on the loss of your cousin to cancer. I HATE that disease!

    Your comforting soup & sandwiches fed the bodies of your visiting family & those desserts fed their souls!

    I’m making my DH your peppers & eggs this morning for breakfast & will say a little prayer for your entire family. May you find His Peace.


  27. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, but you made quite a spread despite the circumstances. I hope the upcoming days will bring peace.

  28. Checking to see how close that bakery is to my family in Chicago. I love a good cannoli. If you ever get to San Diego, you must go to Arrivederci in the Hillcrest area. They make homemade Napoleons that are too die for. Never had better.

  29. Sorry for your loss Marie. I love your blog and all of your great recipes!

  30. First of all condolences on the sad news of your cousin. I have also lost loved ones from cancer – it is awful!

    I love, love, love your blog! Always something I want to make and I will definitely be making your soup and sandwiches! Your last post was great too!!

  31. I am sorry for your loss.
    What an amazing meal. It reminded me of a Sunday night meal my mom would put together. Your blog post brought back alot of good memories.

  32. This is soul food for me, Marie. Peppers and eggs are one of my most favorite dishes from childhood, actually a sandwich of peppers and eggs was the last real meal my mom ate….oh well….congrats on the win and I am so sorry to hear about your cousin. xo

  33. Pepper and egg sandwiches are a favorite of ours and are always so easy to make. I love putting them on the dinner table – everyone is happy and I’m not all stressed out. Thanks for a great menu here.

  34. The circumstances are not a happy one, but your dishes sure sound delicious and easy to put together. Congratulations on your new pizelle maker as well. Got to love the Fairy Hobmother. She spreads joy throughout the blogosphere.

  35. So sorry for your loss,it is never easy to lose a loved one.It is a perfect meal,when soup and sandwiches are involved,and one can never go wrong (in my book)with a canolli.suddenly I feel like a little drive to that bakery.thanks for sharing.

  36. Congratulations on winning form the Fairy Hobmother, Marie! My sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your cousin.

    Soup and sandwich is a wonderful combination and one of our favorite meals. I love to make soup of all kinds and often just use whatever is on hand and I’m always happy with the results. I also love peppers and eggs –a true “comfort food” sandwich anytime!

    You are killing me with the cannoli and pastries photos–I just came home form a two week work/vacation trip to California and we ate our way through so much good food that it is DIET time!

  37. That pepper and egg sandwich smacks of my childhood. I am also having swiss chard soup for dinner tonight! And save me a cannolo and a sfogliatelle, please?

  38. Your food always looks so delcious!

  39. Comfort food at its best.
    I love pepper and egg sandwiches. You are the best.

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