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Sage Sausage Farro


We got a bunch of sage from our CSA and decided to make a dish in which it could be the stand out ingredient.  I had never cooked with sage before but I really like its flavor.  It is sort of a rustic flavor that reminds me of being in the forest.  I used another new ingredient, farro which is wheat grains.  Farro has a mild taste, soft pasta consistency, and looks like honey smacks so whats not to love?

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Balsamic Blast

This salad is awesome, mostly because of the balsamic onions you see above.  The salad is very simple because it just involves sauteing onions in balsamic vinegar until the vinegar reduces.  Then toss in some chopped peppers just so they get a little heat.  Add this to lettuce and tomato and sprinkle with some mozzarella cheese.  Then enjoy this warm salad for dinner with some red wine.

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Most people probably have a favorite pancake recipe but I thought I should share mine.  When I was a child my father use to say enjoy that big piece of candy for breakfast when ever I ordered pancakes at a restaurants.  I still enjoy these sweet morning treats but now I try to add fruit to at least appear to be healthy.  Anyways, we should all enjoy a breakfast that makes you want to take a nap immediately after consuming it especially on lazy weekends.  (more…)

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Broken Camera

I just want to apologize to all those nice people who have continued to check my blog regularly even though there have been no new posts.  I stopped posting around the time I dropped the very nice camera which I had been using to photograph all of this food.  My wonderful husband was kind enough not to get mad at me for dropping the expensive camera, especially because I kept cooking for him.  Now the camera is repaired and you can expect much more frequent posting!

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Long ago I fell in love with the mother’s milk of Ireland.  I also love combining food and booze into delightful dishes.  I decided that I should catalog all the things I make with Guinness.  Please enjoy responsibly!

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This roasted squash soup is amazing.  It is perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day.  We saved all of the squashes we received from our CSA during the fall and then made this wonderful soup.  It is so rich and filling and freezes wonderfully for enjoying it later.

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Homemade Chicken Broth

Homemade Chicken Broth is the greatest thing ever.  We keep jars of it in the freezer and add it to soups, risotto, or any other dish that seems worthy.  I am not going to show many pictures because it is not a very appetizing process but the results are well worth it.

Basically anytime I roast a chicken, I save the carcasses by putting it in a zip lock bag and sticking it in the freezer.  I also always save the chicken neck or any other innards.  Once I have a lot of frozen parts, I put them all in a large pot and cover it with water.  I bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for a few hours.  I usually add 1/2-1 tsp of salt for every quart of water I use.

After it is sufficiently simmered, I strain the broth using a colander.  Then I pour it into jars and freeze it for latter.  If you wanted to be super healthy, you could put it in the fridge over night and then skim the fat off the top in morning.

This is a wonderful addition to any dish and actually very easy to make!

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