Chef Troy Deano: savory Minestrone soup

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What could be better for cold winter nights than some delicious Minestrone? Here’s Chef’s special recipe…


4ea                Smoked Ham Hocks

1gal.              Water

1lbs.               Bacon

4oz.                Olive Oil

2lbs.               Onions, diced

2lbs.               Celery, diced

2lbs.               Carrots, diced

2lbs.               Leeks, diced

2lbs.               Cabbage, shredded

2lbs.               Zucchini, diced

2lbs.               Yellow Squash, diced

1 gallon          Crushed Tomatoes

2 gallon          Chicken Stock

1 pound           Dried Red Beans

½ cup              Basil, chopped

½ cup              Parsley, chopped

Add the ham hocks and water to a stock pot and simmer for 4 hours. Remove the hocks to cool. Strain the pork stock and reserve. Remove the meat from the hocks. Grind the bacon and the ham hock meat in a meat grinder, and reserve.  Heat the olive oil in a large pan and add the bacon, ham hocks, and onions. In a large stock pot, place the chicken and pork stock, and the seared onions. Add the remaining ingredients into the pot and let simmer for about an hour. Once done add basil and parsley for fragrance.

Now, click to hear Chef Troy walk you through it A.M. BATON ROUGE with Kevin & Bill…


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Brian started in radio in late 2004 as a part-time board operator, but “made his bones” in the business a year later when Hurricane Katrina struck, catapulting him into a full time position covering both news and production of live broadcasts. Haldane was promoted to Program Director in 2008 and held that post until 2011 when he was recruited to help launch a new station. In 2011, Brian helped launch Talk 107.3 FM. He was the morning show co-host, and helped build the show and the station into a top 10 performer. From there, Brian has moved on to work in Inbound Marketing, where he strives to marry the worlds of traditional advertising w/ the marketing methods of tomorrow. He also hosts a number of podcasts, including The Red Bayou Show, which is featured here.

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