Provincetown Memories & Portuguese Kale Soup

Anyone who knows me well knows I love food, coffee and cigarettes. They also know I happily spent my childhood summers in Provincetown MA. Provincetown is known for many things: it's dunes, Norman Mailer,  its arts, its gay population and its Portuguese fishermen.Because of these summers I have a never-ending love for love all things drag,  American "new journalists" with ego issues and Portuguese Kale Soup!

This yummy soup is even better the next day with a chunk of Portuguese sweet bread on the side. ENJOY!

1.5 lbs fresh kale 1 large yellow onion 3 potatoes, peeled 2 chourico or linguica of mix, sliced 8 cups pork broth 1/4 cup Olive Oil 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed 1 can Cannelloni beans 1 bay leaf 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 hot pepper 1/3 teaspoon paprika & salt & pepper to taste

Slice chourico or linguica and saute in 1/4 cup of olive oil, onion, and chopped garlic. Do not allow garlic to brown, so add last. Add broth and simmer for 10 minutes.

Season with salt, & pepper to taste

Prepare the kale by rinsing thoroughly and tearing the leafy portions from the stems. Tear into bite-size pieces. Discard stems.

Add potatoes, kale, and simmer additional 30 minutes.

Add beans in last 10 minutes (if canned).

Serve with Portuguese sweet bread or rolls

Serves 4

NEXT WEDNESDAY:  Chocolate Madness!