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My First “Sunset” Recipe

Somehow I have started receiving Sunset Magazine, which I am finding quite entertaining!  Between having a big garden and my love for cooking the magazine hits several of my favorite subjects…and some day I plan to incorporate more travel into our lives as the boys get a little older so I’m getting some good ideas!

Sometimes I look at magazine recipe’s and just can’t fathom ever replicating the dish. But I found one this past month that I had to try in part because I have a 1/2gallon of heavy whipping cream that I bought for caramels now sitting in the fridge and I don’t want it to go to waste.  I’m warning you now there will be more recipes containing whipping cream to come very soon!

This was so quick to prepare and so easy!  Hubby asked me to add it to the lineup 🙂 That means it’s “goooooood”.  I changed it a bit to accomdate the ingredients that I had on hand. It called for Swiss chard but I used spinach from our garden instead. It also originally required spicey Italian sausage but I used the Brats we have an abundance of and added 1-2 tsp Italian seasoning…These changes are reflected in the following recipe. Find the original in Sunset October 2012 page 96. 🙂

Creamy Sausage Fetticine
1 lb fetticine noodles, cooked per the box
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 lb brats (or italian sausage of your preference)
1-2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chopped spinach leaves
4 Roma or meidum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup slivered basil leaves, to garnish
Shaved parmesan, to garnish

1. Cook pasta per box instructions. At the same time, heat large skillet/pan add olive oil, sausage, italian seasoning, onion, garlic. Stir frequently until sausage is brown, about 5 minutes. Add spinach, tomatoes and cook covered another 4 minutes. Stir in cream.

2. Drain pasta.  Pour sausage mixture over pasta, sprinkle with basil and cheese. Serve immediately.


Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

My boys love to eat white rice and I love preparing sushi rolls at home. As a result, I buy rice in bulk. It keeps well and there are so many things you can do with it from side dishes to main entrees, like jambalaya. Since our cold spell has stuck around a while, I created a big pot of belly warming jambalaya. I used some home-made brauts in place of the sausage and our own canned diced tomatoes. There is just something really amazing sitting down to a meal you prepared using ingredients you harvested!

Hope you enjoy my variation of a southern favorite.

4 tbsp butter
1 chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 chopped green pepper
2 chicken breasts, 1/2″ chunks
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp Creole seasonings
1/2 tsp ground cayenne red pepper
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 lb sausage, chunked (I used a mild braut but usually use a medium sweet italian sausage or andouille)
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups short or long grain white rice

1. In a large pot, melt butter. Add onion, celery and green pepper. Cook 5 minutes or until softened.
2. Add chicken, garlic and seasonings; cook 2 more minutes. Stir in tomato paste, sausage and cook 2 more minutes.
3. Add tomatoes with juice, broth, rice and heat to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 20-30 minutes until liquid is absorbs and rice is tender. Add more water if liquid is absorbed and rice is still crunchy.