Monday, January 02, 2006

Happy New Year!

I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year! So what did everyone spend New Year's doing? It's supposed to indicate how you will spend the next year. I kind of hope not, though, as I spent the day waiting on my husband to get ready to go out, grocery shopping, cooking, and doing laundry. I did manage to squeeze in a little knitting, just in case. I then fell asleep in my clothes, no less at 7:oo PM and slept for 13 hours straight. So what does say about my year?

The holidays are over, and I took my husband to the airport and dropped him off for his flight to Paris. He will be there working for at least a week, and I will fly over and meet him on the 12th, then we'll return together on the 15th. He says no more out of town work for awhile. I hope not!

I did manage to cook up my traditional New Year's dinner of pork roast and sauerkraut and I made some of Aunt Donna's Christmas soup. If any of you made a ham for New Year's (we had one for Christmas Eve, I froze it) this is a good way to use the hambone. If I was as organized as Aunt Donna I suppose I could make it on Christmas day, as she did, but I'm not so I get to it when I can over the holidays which just happened to be today. It's a great winter soup and I'm afraid it shows too much of my German peasant heritage that I like it so much. It takes all day to make, but it's worth it and I only make it once a year.

Aunt Donna's Christmas Soup
1) Combine and boil 1 hour:
2 1/2 lb kielbasa, sliced
1 qt. sauerkraut
1/2 tsp marjoram
water to cover
2) Add and simmer 1 1/2 hours:
3 potatoes, diced
3 carrots, diced
2 med onions, chopped
1 cup celery, diced
1 qt tomatoes
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
3) In a separate pan, make a roux by stirring together 5 Tbs butter and 3 Tbs flour, cook until flour smell is gone (approx. 2 minutes), stir into soup.
Make dumplings by mixing:
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1/3 cup water
Stir until smooth, batter will be runny. Cut in small pieces into simmering soup. Simmer 1/2 hour longer.
Some notes on preparation. I usually increase the recipe by about 1/2, it makes a BIG pot of soup, but fortunately it freezes well. I also usually cut up some extra ham and throw it in as well. If you don't want to take all day to make it (I started mine at about 8:30 this morning, it was ready to eat at about 3:00) you can do step 1 a day ahead and refrigerate it over night. (Aunt Donna did this, and she would skim off the fat before starting again, so it's slightly healthier too. I can attest that the taste didn't suffer.)
Enjoy it with some good bread and your favorite lager.


Celtic Queen said...

MMMMMMM Aunt Donna's Christmas Soup is DIVINE!!! So tasty and yet so much of a meal. It's better than Chicken Soup for your soul.

Heather said...

Kudos to Aunt Donna! I made the soup and WOW! I have never had anything like it! YUMMMMY! Thanks for sharing.