Friday, October 11, 2013

Hearty Kale, Potato and Smoked Andouille Soup

This soup was born of cravings, seasonal offerings from my backyard and CSA, and inspiration from Martha Stewart's sausage and kale soup recipe.

But, my needs and desires led me to alter it a bit (canned broth? gross!) to use what I have and to add a little more spice and warmth.


  •     4 strips bacon
  •     1 bunch green onions, diced
  •     2 shallots (had in season from CSA, garlic or other onions would be great too)
  •     1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  •     1 1/2 pounds potatoes (I like anything colored for a little more taste), peeled and cut into chunks
  •     bone broth of your choice (beef, chicken, etc. all work great since flavor is overtaken by spice and smoke) in a large enough quantity to cover all of the cubed potatoes- 30-40 oz
  •     2-3 bunches kale and anything like kale (I used some beet greens and collards on hand as well), stemmed and shredded
  •     1 lb smoked Andouille or sausage/kielbasa of your choosing, cut into 1/2-inch half moons


In a large pot (6 to 8 quarts), cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove bacon, leave the grease for your base.

Add green onions and cook until soft, stirring, 2 to 3 minutes. Add shallots/garlic/whatever, cayenne, and red-pepper flakes; cook about 1 minute. Add potatoes and enough broth to cover all of the potatoes well; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 2
Use and immersion blender to puree most of the soup. Add kale/greens, bacon, and sausage. Simmer until kale is wilted, 10 to 15 minutes.

Reheats EXTREMELY well!

Thursday, June 27, 2013


Get More: MTV Shows

I am very fortunate to occasionally bask in the warm, genius glow of David Neevel here in Portland. SO happy to see his science show on MTVother!

Get More: MTV Shows

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Here it is!

Scrimshander: Forest Fire from bellyandbones on Vimeo.

Scrimshander: Forest Fire on Vimeo

Created by Belly & Bones

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Scrimshander Record Release & Music Video Premiere TONIGHT!!!

 Over the past few months, nearly a year at this point, I've been spending a handful here and a handful there of my free time helping my lovely friends Tony & Stef  of Belly & Bones make a music video for this really great folk band here in Portland called Scrimshander. Tonight, at Someday Lounge in Portland, we premiere both the music video and the new album! I am so thrilled!

Scrimshander Record Release & Music Video Premiere

Here's some horsing around on the set while making our Kickstarter videos:

 And, I promise, we wont interfere with the band's musical process any more!!!

Come kick it and celebrate with us tonight!