Can only the pure in heart make a good soup?

“Only the pure in heart can make a good soup” according to famous composer Ludwig Van Beethoven.  As outlandish as this statement appears at first sight, maybe there’s a grain of truth.  Because I think what he was trying to say is that anyone can make a good soup if they try hard enough.  A good soup doesn’t depend on precise measurement and exact timings.  It just needs a large pot, a handful of ingredients and a little devotion to the cause.

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British Sausage and Lentil Casserole – Global Flavors Recipe Cards

sausage and lentil casserole

This weekend we are expecting some of the coldest weather in Houston since 1989.  When temperatures drop, the fire is lit in our house and the blankets come out.  So do winter casseroles.  What is a ‘casserole’?  There is little difference between a casserole and a stew. A purist would say that a casserole goes in the oven, heating the dish from all directions, while a stew goes on the stovetop and is heated from the bottom. Another point of difference is a casserole is the name of the pot used for cooking.  One of my favorite casseroles is a hearty sausage and lentil version, simmered with chopped tomatoes and flavored with garlic and rosemary.

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