Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. I can’t believe that a song released in 1953 has people in such a tizzy. Pretty soon we won’t be able to say, do, or listen to anything without someone being butt hurt. Last Thought on the subject before we begin…Grow Up America. Everything isn’t laced with ill intent.

Hey Y’all. How’s everybody? Are you freezing? Me too. We didn’t get the snow some of my fellow Southerns did. We only had rain and freeze you to the bone wind. You got to love freezing wind that blows the ice cold rain under your umbrella. I think it’s my new favorite thing. I’d definitely put it right up there with stepping on legos with my bare feet. I think I would rather have the snow. I only say that because I don’t have to drive in it. Snow at Christmas wouldn’t be so bad.

Since I am off work early on Sunday’s, I thought I would do a little cooking. Since it’s been cold and rainy for a few days I decided to make soup for dinner. The Soup du Jour is beef, bean, and cabbage. This soup was my mom’s pick at out local buffet. Back then I would never try it. I wasn’t fond of cooked cabbage. It always looked slimy, and mushy to me. Cooked cabbage is an acquired taste, and I didn’t acquire the taste for it until I was in my 30s.

Beef, Bean, and Cabbage Soup

2 lbs. ground chuck

3 1/2 c. diced onion

8 c. diced cabbage

3 (15.5 oz.) cans small red beans or kidney beans

1 (14.5 oz.) can petit diced tomatoes

1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes

1 at. beef stock

2 Tsp minced garlic

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1 1/4 tsp. salt

In a large Dutch oven, brown the ground chuck and drain well; set aside. In the same Dutch oven add the onions and cabbage; cook stirring for 5 minutes. Return the beef to the pot, and stir well. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Bring the soup to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer the soup until the cabbage is tender. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve hot, with crackers or cornbread.

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