That said, here's today's take:
I will update as the story develops. More, later!
Update: I left the raw ingredients covered in the pot on high for about 6 hours, thinking that I'd take some out for dinner, and let the rest simmer on low for a couple more hours. Turns out, it was done! I was right in not adding any salt, as the ham contained enough to season the whole stew. The Thai Basil, which has a more anise flavor than Sweet Basil, complimented the flavor of the Jimmy Dean sausage, and the three Thai Hot peppers gave it just enough kick to be interesting but not painful.
I will definitely make this again. My daughter said she might try it too.