For many of us it means a series of weeks that revolved around eating, drinking, traveling and rushing around to celebrate again and again with family and friends.
Otherwise known as the perfect combination for a head cold!
Or if you're blessed to live in one of the beautiful areas of the world with lots of new plants and trees in bloom this time of year, you may also be suffering from the onslaught of allergens that are circulating in the air.
Whatever caused it though is irrelevant at this point though.
Your head is stuffed and you want it unstuffed NOW. Even if just for a few hours of relief.
Well along with major decongestants, using a neti pot twice a day, and my grandmother's recipe for a hot toddy that will kill anything in your system, there's only one other remedy I use for clearing the stuffiness out so that you prevent the dreaded sinus infection ...
And that's my Italian Sausage and Vegetable Soup recipe.
Now I realize many people default to a good 'ol fashioned chicken soup. And don't get me wrong, "nature's penicillin" (AKA Chicken Soup) has it's place in the natural home remedies for colds and flus.
But when it comes to a stuffy head, you need real heat. Not just temperature ... but heat from spicy sausage, as well as some extra crushed red pepper thrown in for good measure.
So the next time your head is so stuffy you'd do anything for a few hours of relief, grab your dutch oven or soup pot and get to work. You have the perfect recipe for an easy to make, spicy Italian Sausage and Vegetable Soup that will have your sinuses cleared in no time.
Until our next meal,