Sausages With Potatoes and Onions

This starts out as a braise then continues with a sauté.  Start the sausages, potatoes, and onions in a big pan with a cup of water or stock.  Add a sprig of thyme and rosemary, cook with a cover  until the potatoes are close to done.  Remove the cover until the water has boiled off then add a little olive oil and continue until the food browns a bit.

Roast pork

Slow roasted another pork butt yesterday – rubbed in the Tex Mex chipotle seasoning mix I like, cut slits in the meat and inserted a handful of garlic cloves, and left it in the oven on 250 or so while we went about our Sunday.

They sell those cute little baby carrots now, all cleaned and colorful, they make sauteing pretty easy – just a few minutes in the pan will soften them enough that you don’t get the “still raw” vibe.  The broccoli was steamed and then quenched before cooking both veggies in a mix of olive oil and butter.There are a few different cheeses in this mac n cheese side – a generous grating of aged Parmesan for starters, then some odds and ends from the sliced cheese drawer in the fridge.  I had some mild cheddar and a few slices of muenster, and added some freshly purchased farmer’s cheese along with shredded Swiss.  I used some half & half in the white sauce to round up the fat content of the 2% milk that provided the bulk of the liquid, and added a good sprinkle of ground cayenne.  The secret to creamy, moist mac n cheese is to use a lot of liquid, more than you think you need.  The pasta will soak a lot up and there will be some evaporation in the oven, and the whole dish will thicken as it heats.

Sticky Chicken

I was all set to make lemon chicken with the couscous but I got a bit sidetracked when I ran across this recipe.  It looked pretty good so I gave it a shot.

Played around with the recipe some, added mushrooms and didn’t follow the directions in the recipe to the letter.  That’s what makes cooking fun for me.  The pictures will tell the tale.  You are supposed to cook the chicken in the sauce until the sauce is “sticky”-hence the name of the dish.  I chose to go with merely “thick”.

Protip:  Do not add a little water to the dirty pan and turn the gas on high to soften the mess as an aid to the cleanup and then walk away and start a blog post, forgetting about the pan.  Just sayin.  Good thing it isn’t cold outside because all the windows are open.

Enjoy!

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