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Al Fresco Sweet Italian and Tortellini Soup - My Way 
Sep. 17, 2012 7:44 am 
Updated: Sep. 18, 2012 7:22 am
Well, this weekend I tried out the Al Fresco Tortellini Soup.  I didn't have the Sweet Italian sausage, so I used Chipotle.  It would have been better with the Sweet Italian.  I'm a spice wimp (I know, how can that be for a home grown New Mexico girl, my parents and uncle (a chile farmer in Hatch, New Mexico) are ashamed, but it's true.  I blame it on heartburn nowadays, but I haven't always gotten heartburn with spice (only since being preggers), and I have ALWAYS been a spice wimp.  The chipotle sausage was just a little on the strong side for my liking.  The only other change we made was omitting the white wine.  My husband makes a "wine slurry" as he likes to call it, replacing wines in recipes with a combination of broth or juice, vinegar (the type of vinegar depends on the type of wine he's replacing), sugar, and Worschershire (sp? - I never could spell - or pronounce this word) sauce.  The white wine slurry he made for the soup consisted of about a tablespoon of vinegar, a teaspoon and a half of sugar, and 1/2 cup of chicken broth.  He wanted to add the W sauce, but when he got there, the cupboard was bare (to loosely quote Mother Goose).  The broth was delicious, if a bit salty.  I don't mind the saltiness, but my hubby dislikes it.  There was plenty of soup left over.  My 11 year old son took one look at the wilted spinach and tomatoes in is and proclamed, "Eech" - a common response to just about anything my hubby and I put in front of him.  I did make a small portion of non-chicken soup for my 9 year old daughter who is a self-proclaimed pescitarian (a vegatarian who eats fish and sea food).  For this I used a seafood broth, and left out the sausage.  She liked it very well.

As far as Al Fresco is concerned, I have now adapted a liking for chicken sausage,  as has my husband.  In fact, he has really jumped on the Al Fresco band wagon, he bought the fresh Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage for my next recipe attempt - Stuffed Mushrooms.  I can hardly wait.  I have a class tonight, so it's not going to happen tonight, but hopefully it will tomorrow!

And as for the Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambasador program, my family is really enjoying the opportunity to try new things.  It's only the first month, and I feel we have come out of a "dinner rut" - just serving the things that are already in our wheelhouse.  Now we are being given the chance to try new stuff.  I can't wait to see what's next.

Until next time. . .



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Sep. 17, 2012 7:54 am
I'm glad it worked out for you,i teresting to see how everyone makes Tortellini soup.I love the stuff.Have a good day.
Sep. 18, 2012 7:22 am
manella - thanks for the well wishes. I certainly did end up liking the soup, and will very likely use this recipe again, as well as the Al Fresco chicken sausage.
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About the ONLY thing I don't like about cooking is the HEAT!! I'm not sure why, but I get very easily overheated. I usually sit while cooking, and have a fan blowing directly on me if available. I've been thinking about renaming myself - thehotchef - lol. It's a little better in winter, but I live in Albuquerque, NM - it never gets REALLY cold here, and my body just seems to want to overheat when I get busy in the kitchen! That's one of the reasons I like to divide my kitchen work into 2 or 3 parts at a time. One day I chop the veggies, the next day I roast the veggies, and the 3rd day I put together the lasagna and bake, for example.
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Bread, black bottom banana cream pie, fruit salad, beef stroganoff. I like to try something new for Thanksgiving every year.
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Mom's tea ring, macoroni/potato salad, bread, BRINING the Thanksgiving turkey.
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Best pies ever!
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My husband likes his own cooking better than mine! So much so that he is willing to make dinner for our family everyday - that's just fine with me!
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