Yesterday, before doing errands, Clif and I chopped vegetables and chicken sausage and put them—along with chicken broth, water, tomato paste, and spices—in the slow-cooker. We added plenty of red beans. Finally, my not-so-secret ingredient, a little soy sauce.
Off we went to do errands, and when we came home—voilà!—the house was filled with the spicy smell of simmering soup.
Clif’s Yankee pronouncement? “Pretty darned good.”