Yes, we have been eating. No, we haven't been writing about it. At least not here. But, devoted readers, we're back to report on our latest culinary triumph: minestrone soup--it's shockingly easy and really good. Chop up some onions and red peppers and brown them with garlic (we recommend fresh garlic from the gobs of garlic you've recently acquired from friends, of course)--three cloves in this case. Then add 2-3 cups of vegetable broth, a can of tomatoes (not drained), a can of kidney beans (drained and rinsed), a can of green beans (drained--fresh or frozen would also work, but we had canned from a long time ago), some chopped carrots (we used 3 small ones), basil, oregano, salt, fresh cracked pepper, and Cholula hot sauce. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for about 25 minutes. Add some pasta (we used small seashells), cover again, and simmer for another 10 minutes or so until the pasta is done.
We really liked this. I think I liked it better than Olive Garden's minestrone, but I can't really remember since I've only had Olive Garden's minestrone once in the last 4 years or so. It would have been especially good with some fresh French bread.