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Pork Cabbage Rolls

Recipes from a year ago:

I honestly have no idea what caused me to think about making cabbage rolls the other night for dinner – except maybe the fact we had an extra head of cabbage and some ground pork in the refrigerator that needed to be used up.  I don’t really recall ever having them as a kid, nor do I think I’ve ever had them as an adult.  Nevertheless, I set out to come up with a way to turn these two simple ingredients into a hearty meal.  The results were great, and sure to be on the menu again in the future.

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Cabbage and Sausage Hash

Recipes posted a year ago:

This recipe was made up on a whim as I couldn’t decide how to mix it all together or if I should make a casserole or a stew. I ended up just throwing in a bunch of ingredients and got a good one!

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Chunky Sausage Tomato Soup

First off, I want to apologize – I experienced some odd camera malfunctioning (probably user error) last week and ended up losing the “in process” photos of about three or four different recipes.  I still managed to get pictures of the finished dish (or the leftovers when I had them for lunch the next day) because I also used a second camera for those.  So, unfortunately, we will have a few recipes here in the coming week that won’t have any photos of the steps or starting ingredients.  I may improvise a bit with some stock photos if I can find them…

This recipe is a quick and easy variation on basic spaghetti sauce, but made a little more “soup-like” and served on it’s own.  It’s great for when you want a hearty lunch or quick dinner and haven’t planned ahead enough to have anything special thawed or marinated.

Our CSA share last week

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Spicy Sausage Stew

It seems these days we have been so busy and who isn’t?  We have managed to be without a microwave for two months, but no way could I do without the crockpot! Use up what you have in the fridge. Prep time on this recipe is easy too.

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Endive and Sausage Spaghetti

Maybe it is fitting that not that long ago we posted a recipe for pork chops with endive in which I mentioned not to confuse it with Belgian endive.  That got me looking for a reason to give Belgian endive a try, because I’d never had it before.  Shortly after, I stumbled into a simple sauceless spaghetti recipe using Belgian endive and crumbled bacon.  It had promise, but needed some transformation (besides the obvious substitution of the pasta).  So I dove in with a flurry of additions and a couple of outright changes.  The result was one of my favorite creations in the PP kitchen in a long time.

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Sausage and Kale Soup

Yum! Another quick and delicious crockpot recipe.   The flavor combination here is outstanding! I’m not just saying that because the recipe calls for bacon too 🙂

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Margarita Chili

Tequila.  The stuff of legends…and nightmares.  This slightly spicy and peppery distilled spirit derived from the blue agave plant is both hated and loved (curiously, often by the same person depending on what point in the evening you ask their opinion).  Songs have been written about it, and on more than a few occasions people under its influence have been known to do things they would never consider under any other circumstances (or wake up places they would rather not divulge).  Be it shooters, margaritas, sunrises, or “NorCals” (thanks Robb Wolf), there’s something about a little bite from tequila.

Some of you may recall my previous chili recipe, in which I had included a small amount of tequila (with undetectable results).  Since then, I’ve been looking for something that might better showcase the flavor of the distilled blue agave, but without the subsequent erratic behavior or waking up in a back alley in Tijuana.  And of course, we need to keep it safe for the kids to eat too!  This time, I did it – combining a few of the basic ingredients of the “NorCal Margarita” with a more simplistic chili recipe that yielded just the right amount of aroma and subtle flavor without being overpowering to the senses.

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