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Today I’m serving a simple tortellini and spinach soup and homemade bread. Beck and Timothy from Tangled Mind keep it simple in the kitchen, but Beck’s bread is famous among all his friends. Now that he and Timothy live together, they often eat several slices with this flavorful soup.
I envision them eating this meal naked in front of the fireplace, but that’s another tale.
So lets start with the bread recipe. Beck uses his KitchenAid stand mixer with the dough hook attachment so the process goes quicker. However, you can go the old fashioned way too, kneading by hand.
Beck’s Famous White Bread – Makes 3 loaves
1 package yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
dissolve in 1/2 cup warm water and let sit for 10 minutes
Beat in 1 egg
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups warm water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup local honey
8 cups flour, adding it in cup by cup
Rest for 15 minutes, covered.
Knead 8-10 minutes then let rise in a greased bowl until dough has doubled (about 1 hour). Punch down and divide into three. Form into loaves. Allow to rise again, until doubled. Put in a cold oven.
Bake 400ºF for 15 minutes or 375º for 25 minutes.
This is great on its own, with butter, with honey butter, or with any meal.
Simple Tortellini & Spinach Soup
(with chicken, if you desire) – Serves 4
2 tablespoons olive oil
3-5 cloves garlic, minced – I use 6 because I love garlic.
3 cups water
3 cups organic low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
3-5 carrots, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 pound of your choice of fresh or frozen tortellini
optional: Rotisserie chicken cut into bite sized morsels
1 pound fresh spinach with stems removed or shredded escarole
In large stock pot, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add garlic and cook for a minute. Add water, broth, carrots, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile in another pot, cook tortellini in salted water until nearly done: about 4 minutes for fresh or 12 for frozen. Drain.
Add chicken, if desired, and spinach, cooking about 1 minute, until the spinach is wilted and the chicken warmed. Stir in tortellini.
Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan and serve with Beck’s Famous White Bread and butter.
You can “choose your own dinner adventure” from appetizers, soup, salad, main dish, and dessert, but those of you who visit and comment at each and every blog will be entered into a drawing for one of three (3) $35.00 gift cards to the venue of your choice: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or All Romance Ebooks.
Plus, some individual authors might include a private drawing for those people who stop by. I will offer an ebook of any of my books where food is a big deal, your choice. That includes Spark, Fusion, Flare, and Tangled Mind, and the first three come with several recipes in the back too. So read, drink and be merry! Happy New Year from all of us at the M/M Writers’ Buffet!
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