Ham and Tortellini Soup

I planted some winter greens last fall, and now (May) I have a lot of kale which needs to be eaten before I plant spring veggies. Kale is very hardy and can easily handle the moderately cold winters here in Oregon. I like to use kale many different ways but my favorite use is in a soup.

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One Pan Sausage and Vegetable Dinner

My pantry is full of spices and spice mixes from all over the world. Many of them were given to me by friends who know how much I love to cook and experiment with new flavors.

Some of the best mixes come from Penzeys Spices and today I feature their Ozark Style Seasoning. It is a Southern U.S. style blend of black peppers, numerous herbs, and salt. I have been using it to make the most delicious roasted vegetables one can imagine. The balance of spices is incredible and I use it below in this recipe.

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Pork Riblet Curry

This week while I was cruising down the meat isle I saw a lot of pork riblet packages with prices that were reasonably low. I couldn’t resist picking up a package to try out, even though I don’t normally buy pork riblets. I’m so glad I did though. Pork riblets are trimmed pieces from spare ribs. They are easy to cook and they cost much less than a rack of ribs. The package I picked up was pretty meaty without much fat.

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