Month: September 2012

Rustic Turkey Italian Sausage Soup with Potatoes & Kale

I love silent compliments.  Sometimes those are better than traditional, spoken compliments. For instance, last Thanksgiving I prepared one of the turkeys at my in-laws house in Texas.  My way of doing turkey is a bit of a departure from the traditional way.  I brine it, smoke it, and baste it with turkey gold (as I call it).  If you want to read about it, click here. During the preparation I could tell my father in law wasn’t sold on the whole process of sticking a turkey in a giant ziploc bag with lots of liquid, then smoking it, and rubbing this paste all over the it.  Inside I got a chuckle because he must have thought his Yankee daughter in law had lost her mind.  When he was done carving the bird, he licked his fingers, paused for a moment, and just smiled at me. A big, wide Texan smile. It was the best compliment I’d ever gotten on my food–no need for words because his smile said it all. Last night I made this soup …






None the Wiser Breakfast Burritos

I don’t know about you but my husband isn’t a big weekday breakfast eater. I always offer to make him something and I’m lucky if I can get some toast in him before he heads out the door.  More often than not I find the chocolate doughnut wrappers in the car later on. I wanted to have a healthier option for him for breakfast. It dawned on me one day that maybe something portable, but more up his spicy alley would appeal to him more. We were chatting online over our lunch breaks one day and I asked, “Would you eat breakfast burritos with eggs, sausage, cheese, and salsa for breakfast?” He replied, “Of course, all my favorite things!” Then it dawned on me I could use whole wheat tortillas, healthier eggs, and turkey sausage and he’d be none the wiser! He’s never complained about whole wheat tortillas when we have tacos so I figured I was safe there.  If you’re not a fan of the darker, whole wheat tortillas, I’ve seen lots of other …






Maple Mustard Ale Chops with Spicy Cheesy Biscuits

I have un-containable excitement about the upcoming season change to fall.  My last post was a shout out to summer and the bounty of my veggie garden. This recipe is all about rustic, warm, and savory flavors.  It was delish.  A crackling fire, big cable knit sweater, and a cabin in the Rockies are the only things that could have made it better. I should work on lining that up so I can make these chops again and confirm for you.  I have to stand behind what I say, right? The ale I used in this recipe is Spotted Cow by New Glarus Brewing.  It might be the best beer ever.  I know that’s a loaded statement, but I absolutely stand behind this one. Unfortunately it’s only sold in Wisconsin with no plans to start distributing out of state.  My husband has a fraternity brother in Michigan who’s renamed it “Nectar of the Gods”. In fact, we just saw him over Labor Day and he was conspiring to book seats for kegs on the ferry that operates …






Farro & Flounder…Don’t Forget About Football!

I feel like I’m on the cusp. The cusp of that wonderful time of crunchy, fallen leaves, changing colors, and chili simmering on the stove. I didn’t need the air conditioning on the way home (or in the house once I got home for that matter!) and I didn’t regret my decision to wear jeans either.  Fall must be just around the corner… The biggest indicator of the beginning of fall is football. Tonight, my husband and I were having a deep discussion about the current era of quarterback legends and out of the blue he walked over and kissed me. “What was that for?!?”  I asked. “You’re a girl who knows about sports–enough to have a conversation and an opinion.  I just love that.  Oh, and you like to shoot guns.  I love that too.” He’s the cutest. Knowing that tonight was a big football night (even more so for the Cowboys fan aka my husband), I suggested he have leftover pizza for dinner.  Of course he agreed. I’m no dummy.  I know my …