Notes from the Lake

The official Blog of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

We joined Sous Chef David Brister for Irish delicacies Kale and Potato Soup and Beer Braised Cabbage. Enjoy the recipes below.

KALE AND POTATO SOUP

Ingredients:
• 2 tsp olive oil
• 1 medium onion, finely chopped
• 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
• 1 cup small diced carrots
• 1 pound yellow or white potatoes, peeled and small diced
• 4 cups chicken stock
• 2 cups vegetable stock
• 1/2 tsp fresh sage
• 1/2 tsp fresh thyme
• 3 cups chopped kale

Directions:

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