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One of my favorite months of the year has finally arrived! So many events to plan for during this time of year and yet so much has to begin! What from participating in Culinary events, making new videos and enjoying the everyday fun and rainy weather that I so do enjoy more than one can conceive.

Although, things didn’t start off so smoothly during the morning hours when trying to pass through the mechanical gates to catch the train. Damn you technological devices. -,.,-

What had occurred? I woke up this morning thinking all was well, which it was, but when I arrived to the station I finally realized that it was no longer September, but October. Which then hit me like a basket of apples to the head and “oops” I didn’t have the new metro-pass (train-pass) to pass through the double doors of the gate. Threw away four dollars for the trip to the campus and back, but it’s alright. At least there was no trouble with the security guard this time. (Long story)…

After having enjoyed an interesting documentary film in Speech class, it was off to the train to Barnes and Nobles to meet my sweet Helen before she leaves back for Daytona. Although, easier said than done since we apparently spent 27 minutes walking in circles around the bookstore till finally bumping into each other. The weather didn’t help though,what with it seeming as though God had a personal vendetta against the two of us throughout the entire time walking to the grocery store and to Jess’ house.

Poor Jess has been bed ridden at home since catching a cold and having a horrid toothache, so what way to make it better than making her a homemade Italian soup. Had my lovely sous chef in the kitchen (Helen) helping out with chopping some of the zucchini and scallions. About 00:30 minutes after cooking, the soup was nearly gone. Everyone had enjoyed it and I was quite happy! ^,.,^ Especially since it did help rid the bits and pieces of that nasty cold.

But since this soup (zuppa) was such a knock-out (along with being super healthy and yummy); I shall type my recipe for you guys to try it out in your own homes.

Zuppa di Verdura con Pollo (Vegetable soup with chicken)-

Ingredienti:

  • 2 zucchini, washed and cut into cubes
  • 5 scallion stalks, washed VERY well and chopped finely
  • 5 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • oregano
  • onion powder
  • olive oil
  • Alessi Pasta Fazool: Neapolitan Bean Soup

Preparation:

– In a large pot or soup pot on medium heat, pour in about a 1/4 cup of olive oil. Rinse chicken and cut off any excess fat, but not the majority. You’ll need that for some flavor. Season with spices. Add one cup of water. Chop 4 garlic cloves finely and add to chicken. Flip chicken over and season with spices again, but do not add the remaining garlic cloves.

– Finely chop cleaned scallions and add to the pot. Add 1/2 cup of water. Clean zucchini. With the end of you knife blade or with a vegetable peeler; peel off a little bit of the skin all around, but leave a great portion of it still on (you eat it). Cut the zucchini length wise and once more again, then cube zucchini to 1/2″ thick pieces. Add to pot season with salt and pepper. Stir carefully and add 5 cups of water.

-When it begins to reach to a boil, add Alessi Neapolitan Bean Soup mix and stir carefully. Chop the remaining two garlic cloves finely and add to soup. After four minutes, take out a chicken breast, place on clean surface or cutting board and cut into 1/2′ thick pieces about 1″ in length. Stir carefully. Place back into the pot and repeat this process with remaining two chicken breasts.

-Let cook for another 10 minutes while stirring ever so often yet not too much. It is then ready to serve.

Hope the October month is starting off well for everyone! I have yet to hang up my spider webs and caution tape. haha

Enjoy the soup!

Tons of Love Bites,

Izzy

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