I scanned the fridge for what could be used...I had my stock, carrots, peppers, onions and an open bottle of white wine - good start! Went to the pantry and grabbed some orzo. And then I began ...sauteing carrots, pepper and onions with a little EVOO and sprinkling with some dried thyme, fresh ground pepper and salt. Poured in my stock , brought it to a rolling boil , added a rather large gurgle of wine then the Orzo (which I got a little too heavy handed)
. While it was simmering I added some fresh basil and sprigs of rosemary. I decided I needed to add some green and remembered a can of Italian green peas that I had purchased at "the good" farmers market. Drained and into the pot they went. And just because I could,. I tossed in a handful of little potatoes that were about the size of a nickel. My kitchen was smelling soooo good! I fought back the urge to ladle up a bowl and did manage to let it simmer about 45 minutes.
I just cannot express what a difference a homemade stock will make. It has such a rich, intense flavor! And while a carton of store bought stock is absolutely acceptable (and admittedly what I use the majority of the time) -homemade sure does make a difference. It is so satisying to start with a blank canvas, or in this case a plain bowl of stock, to add a little bit of this and a little bit of that and produce your own masterpeice! And what a pleasure it was to finally sit down with my bowl of creativity and savor each spoonful!
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May the Lord bless his people with peace and happiness and let then CELEBRATE! Psalm 64:10
*Originally posted March 29, 2012