Sunday, April 04, 2010


In an effort to satiate my teenager's ever growing palate, I try to come up with new recipes. I have never been the type to looks at cookbooks and follow recipes to the tee. More often, I would embellish or make up an ingredient or method on my own. Hmmm...almost sounds like I'm talking about my beadwork.

At any rate, back to recipe talk. I thought I'd share this one with you. It's a completely original recipe. I often look at what I have in the fridge and pantry and put them together. For lack of a better name this dish is hereby dubbed "Everything Italian Italian Sausage." It started because I just want to do a dish using Italian sausage and have other Italian ingredients and, of course, cooked in about half an hour.

Everything Italian Italian Sausage

5-6 Italian Sausages (sweet, mild or hot depending on your taste. I used sweet for this recipe)
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cans sliced mushrooms
3-4 tablespoons white beans (canned)
1 14 oz. can Contadina Stewed tomatoes
2 tablespoons Italian Dressing
Celery salt and pepper to taste
1 can black olives, quartered

In a large deep skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Brown the sausages whole just to get them started. The objective is to just brown and firm up the sausages so you can easily slice them into bite size pieces for the dish. After slicing the sausages, return them to the skillet. Add the onions. Brown some more until the onions are slightly caramelized and the sausages are brown on all sides.

Add the rest of the ingredients into the skillet. Stir to blend all ingredients. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Serving suggestions:
· Serve over pasta
· Serve with garlic bread on the side
· You can also add some cabbage to the dish

Bon Apetit!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Spring has Sprung....

Yesterday was a glorious day in DC. Spring has finally taken a hold with the sun shining, clear blue skies and cherry blossoms in full bloom at The National Mall. I'd like to share these photos of our walk to the Tidal Basin. It was a madhouse, with tourists swarming the whole scene and mad traffic, ambulance sirens screaming every half minute - but well worth the walk. Wherever you are in the world, enjoy!Good old Washington Monument!And my favorite pooch in the world - Lucy!!!
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