Sunday, December 20, 2020

Cabbage Sausage Soup from guest author Karen Rose Smith, & #e-book giveaway


Today at Mystery Lovers Kitchen we're pleased to welcome USA Today bestselling author Karen Rose Smith. She's sharing a recipe from her latest book, released this month, Murder with Oolong Tea ,her 105th book1 And, she'll be giving away an e-copy of Murder with Cherry Tarts to a lucky reader who leaves a comment at the end of the post. 


Here's a hearty and fairly easy-to-make soup, ideal for these chilly winter days. And, it's ever so tasty, too. Hope you enjoy it!









1 cup chopped onion

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 pound sausage links (your choice) cut into 1 inch pieces and broiled until browned

1 1/2 cups carrots

1 cup celery

2 cups potatoes

2 cups chopped fennel (stalks, not leaves)

4 cups cabbage, chopped

2 cans chicken broth

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1 can cream of celery soup





In a large pot (I use a Dutch oven), simmer onions in vegetable oil until lightly browned.   

Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 1/2 hour.  Add cream of celery soup.  

Simmer for an additional 10 minutes.


Serves 8




Please leave a comment to be entered in the draw for an E-Book copy of MURDER WITH CHERRY TARTS. Be sure to leave your email contact information. The winner will be chosen tomorrow at 6 PM EST.  USA entries only, please.





USA Today Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith's 105th novel is a 2021 release. Her latest cozy mystery, MURDER WITH OOLONG TEA, will be available on December 29, 2020.  She writes both cozy mysteries, romance novels and women’s fiction. One of her romances was aired as a TV movie on the UP tv network. Her passion is caring for her seven rescued cats. Her hobbies are gardening, cooking, watercolor painting and photography. An only child, Karen delved into books at an early age. Even though she escaped into story worlds, she had many cousins around her on weekends. Families are a strong theme in all of her novels. She's recently working on her Daisy’s Tea Garden mystery series.  If you'd like to chat with her, you can find her on Facebook at KarenRoseSmithBooks and on Twitter @karenrosesmith.



  1. The soup looks perfect for a cold winter's day. Thank you, Karen.

  2. Comfy warm soups are so soothing. This sounds lovely.
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  3. Welcome today. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
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  4. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I will be trying it

  5. The soup looks delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe, and for the chance to win. areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. Thanks for sharing your recipe
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  7. The perfect soup for a cold winters night.
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  8. This looks like a good recipe but I have a question. Would the taist and texter differ terribly if I were to saute celery with the onions and not add the celery soup. 🙄☺Kat

  9. Kay—it depends why you don’t want to use the celery soup. If I eliminated it, I would add celery and whisk two tablespoons of flour into it. Then slowly add it to the soup. I use the cream of celery soup as a slight thickener. Does that help?

  10. Add the flour to a cup of milk. Then add to soup. My fingers moved too fast!

  11. Thank you for getting back to me I'll take your advice,but I think I'll wisk in a bit of flower with a cup of cooled broth from the soup.I had asked do to medical reasons. 😶Kat

  12. Wow, 105 novels! That is a huge accomplishment. Your soup recipe sounds yummy, we'll have to give it a try. I have a recipe that uses cabbage and kielbasa that my family loves, but the ingredients are completely different from yours. I think the family will like this recipe too.

  13. I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance!

  14. 105th book?! That's amazing! Congrats on the achievement. I absolutely love cabbage and usually use the leftover holiday ham bone to make my own simple cabbage soup. Will definitely have to give this recipe a try.

  15. I was fortunate enough to have access to the ARC through NetGalley and I can say that without a doubt this recipe and the Blueberry Coffee Cake recipe are amazing! I made both on a very cold, rainy day and they instantly put everyone in a better, more cozy mood, thanks to the wonderful aromas that were wafting through the kitchen to the rest of the house.