Why on earth am I writing about soup on my music blog?
Mainly, because I want to live a balanced life. Music is part of my daily existence. But it doesn’t make up 100% of my day. Or week. Or year.
I play guitar. Write lyrics. Record, edit, mix down. Upload. Publicize. Market. Perform.
But I do other things, too. Talk with students about academic plans and financial aid; life struggles and barriers to success. Write letters of recommendation. Visit various schools to meet with colleagues, parents, and students. Sometimes, I go to funerals. Grieve. Work on my blog. Take hikes. Watch movies. Look at art. Meet new friends. Cook. Write letters. Take photographs. Read books. [Just finished Bruce Feiler’s Learning to Bow (1991). It was okay. I prefer Will Ferguson’s Hitching Rides With The Buddha, originally titled Hokkaido Highway Blues: Hitchiking Japan (1998). Ferguson’s biting tone and razor-sharp wit bring me to my knees and leave me begging for more.]
One thing is clear: healthy, delicious, homemade food makes you play guitar better. It’s a proven, scientific fact.
Here’s a recipe for a soup that Cheryl made yesterday.
WARNING: For best results, this recipe should be followed while listening to Miles Davis: “Relaxin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet” and The Winton Kelly Trio/Wes Montgomery: “Smokin’ At The Half Note”. Extra delicious flavor will be imparted to the soup if you’re listening to these recordings on vinyl.
2 tablespoons butter
6-8 garlic cloves (we use 20)
1 quart chicken broth
14 oz dried tomato
6 oz fresh or frozen cheese tortellini
10 oz fresh spinach (stemmed and chopped)
8-10 chopped basil leaves
- Brown the ground italian sausage or links.
- Saute garlic in butter for 2 minutes.
- Add broth and bring to a boil.
- Add Italian sausage.
- Add tortellini and cook 5 minues.
- Add tomato w/juice.
- Cook until the pasta is tender.
- Add spinach and basil. Cook until wilted. (1-2 minutes)
- Serve with fresh grated parmesan.