Grocery Shopping

By:  Brady Evans

You know how you’re grocery shopping and the cashier asks “Did you find everything you were looking for?” and you say “Yes, I did” and both you and the cashier know you are lying?

Wait.  You’re trying to tell me that you always find what you’re looking for at your grocery store?  Or that you always tell the cashier that you did NOT in fact find what you were looking for.

Deny, deny, deny.  You don’t have to admit the truth.  But I will.

One day, a few years ago, I decided to stop telling the cashier that I had found what I was looking for and start telling the cashier the true answer.

“Did you find what you were looking for?”

“No.  I was looking for fennel.  You didn’t have it, though.”

“Oh.  You know who has great flannel?  Tractor Supply Company.

“Did you find what you were looking for?”

“No.  I was looking for nutritional yeast.  You didn’t have it.”

“You were looking for something to treat your yeast?”

“Did you find what you were looking for?”

“No.  I was looking for chorizo.  You didn’t have it, though.”

“God bless you.  Now what was it you were looking for?”

Well the chorizo problem is now solved.  I’ve got a recipe for a perfect (healthier) substitute for that spicy sausage that made this soup just wonderful.  The soup originally called for kale, but my grocery store didn’t have it (and I told Princess, yes Princess, all about it) and bought collard greens instead.  My husband made a request that cabbage be used next time.  We’ll see.

I whipped this dinner up amidst a slight crisis and it quickly took our worries away.  The smell of the turkey chorizo cooking made our stomachs growl.  The broth was so delicious it could be eaten by itself.  The collards were not offensive at all and sort of melted away.

Portuguese  Potato Kale Soup

4 red potatoes
4 cups water
4 cups chicken broth
2 T oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 bunch of green or black (purple) Kale (about 4 cups, chopped)
1/2 pound of Chorizo sausage (recipe below)

  • Heat a saute pan to medium heat.  Cook chorizo, breaking it into small chunks, until no pink remains. Remove to drain on paper towels.
  • Peel potatoes.  Place water, broth, and potatoes in a large stock pot and bring to a boil.
  • Cook in water 20 – 30 minutes.
  • Remove whole potatoes went fork tender and mash.  Return potatoes to soup
  • Add salt and pepper.
  • Wash kale – cut into strips discarding the stems.
  • Add cooked sausage and kale to soup and simmer three minutes or until greens are tender.


1 pound ground turkey
2 tsp salt
2 T ground chiles (which is NOT chili powder)
4 cloves crushed garlic
2 T dry leaf oregano
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 T cider or wine vinegar
1 T water
1 tsp cumin

  • Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly by hand.
  • Will store up to two weeks in the fridge or months if frozen.

*meal adapted from a recipe given by a family friend

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1 thought on “Grocery Shopping

  1. Brady, this is JUST the article I needed to read – with the holidays fast approaching, it always seems like I want to make/bake/prepare something and, inevitably, my local grocery store doesn’t carry something, but my “good” Southern upbringing prevents me from ever saying that I didn’t find exactly what I needed and/or wanted. Brave lady! Thanks for sending some of that courage our way!

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