Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Winter Garden & Tuscan Bean Soup Recipe

Mary, Mary quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?

In this Mary's case, I'd say extremely small!  I've discovered two things about my ability to garden:  (1) I can grow things without killing them (good!).  (2) I seem to be able to only grow things in miniature.  I'm working on the second item.  I'm taking this time leading up to the Spring gardening season to find out what I need to do to make my garden more productive.  I'm hoping the folks at our local garden center can offer advice on how to improve my soil mixture. 

Despite their small size, I used the chard leaves from my garden in place of kale in this Tuscan Bean Soup recipe from the Pioneer Woman.  I also omitted the shrimp, if you couldn't tell.  Quite simple and delicious!

Mary Ellen 


  1. Looks wonderful, Mary Ellen! I've never tried Chard. Is it's taste similar to Kale, Cabbage or Mustard Greens?

    1. I'd say similar to spinach and kale.

      Mary Ellen

  2. Looks good! I've been making lots of soups lately and am always throwing some kale in. My swiss chard is doing so great so far.