Cavatelli with Duck Sausage and Brussels Sprouts

I’ve been trying out a Christmas present this week; Classico e Moderno, a new Italian food cookbook from Michael White.  It’s a great cookbook which is split into two parts, half contains classic Italian preparations and the other half contains his modern takes on them.  For Sunday dinner this week I handed the book to…

Creamy Polenta and Mushrooms

We love polenta and during the fall and winter months I like to add it to dinners in place of pasta, rice, or potatoes.  It’s a perfect side dish which pairs well with roasted or braised meats, especially ones with sauces and/or gravies.  Depending on how much liquid you add when cooking, polenta can be…

Two New Sausages: Mango-Poblano Pepper and Apple-Sage

I’ve been practicing my sausage making skills over the winter and last week I decided it was time to test myself.  Grilling season is approaching here in Chicago so it was time to use the basic skills I’ve acquired and invent something delicious.  I settled on two new flavors: a mango-poblano pepper sausage and an…

Pork Breakfast Sausage Success

New year, new sausages.  So far in 2013 I’ve tried my hand at making two different ones.  The first was an initial attempt at dry curing which unfortunately didn’t turn out well and had to be abandoned.  In order to regroup and give myself a boost of confidence I went back to an easier “ready-to-eat”…

Spinach and Mushroom Ravioli – A Refreshingly Light Sunday Dinner

After New Year’s and the end of carb-overload season I’m always looking to create some lighter yet fulfilling meals and I think pastas are a great blank canvas for this.  It had been a while since I made ravioli so I decided we’d have some for Sunday dinner.  The only major question was, what kind…

Quick Weeknight Dinner – Red Lentils

Lentils.  Quick to cook, versatile, tasty, and healthy for you.  A perfect ingredient for a quick weeknight dinner on a gym night where you haven’t had time to make anything because you watched a very important Newcastle match against Blackburn in the late afternoon.  (Btw, Newcastle won and moved up to 5th in the EPL…

Braised White Beans and Spicy Sausage

I came up with the idea for this last week when I made some white beans with red peppers as a side dish.  It was pretty good but I thought some Mexican chorizo mixed in would make it even better (probably still a good idea to try).  As you can see I went with Italian…