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Here’s another simple recipe with few ingredients that is delicious!

Very few ingredients, but big taste 🙂

Chop up the following:

andouille (or any other) sausage

brussels sprouts



a pepper (optional – any type of pepper will work)

Throw the sausage in a pan and let it warm through.  You should have enough grease from the sausage to wilt the onions/garlic/peppers/brussels sprouts, but if not, add some olive oil.  Add the veggies, let them cook until softened, and enjoy!


In honor of my cousin Zebulun, I’ve decided to post a few of my more simple recipes – most of them have 5 ingredients or less!  Here’s my first one:

It has:






That’s it!

Chop up your bacon into small pieces and fry it in the pan.

While that’s going, dice the onion and garlic.

Add it to the pan and cook until softened, add the kale until it wilts, then add the shrimp until it’s cooked through.

It’s that easy 🙂  If you like, you can add seasonings, but I think it’s nice to just taste the flavors of the individual ingredients every once in a while.

The man thought this would be better as a soup, so if anyone has suggestions, feel free to list them!

I haven’t made anything new in the last week or so, but I thought I should post something so you still know I’m here.

We’ve really enjoyed going to farmer’s markets this summer.  Here’s a picture of a few of my last purchases – I put them all together and thought they were so beautiful they deserved to be looked at, so they’re on my table as a centerpiece now!

At work, they’ve started a fitness challenge with workout and nutrition tips.  I love what they’re doing – teaching the masses how to better take care of themselves.  And a challenge is always a good way to bring it out in people.  Especially where I work!

I’m hoping that people will start to enjoy food, especially the food that’s really good for you.  Sometimes it takes a challenge like this to really think about what you’re eating and where it’s coming from.  That’s another of my favorite things about farmer’s markets and CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture).  Especially the CSA’s – I know where my food comes from when we pick up the weekly box.  I’ve been to the farm (granted not very often) and pulled weeds, I know the farmers and how much they care about what they’re doing.

I also really love food.  Just in general.  🙂  I love being able to pick up a few ingredients and make a meal by hand.  A few years ago if you would have asked me how I felt about cooking, I really wouldn’t have thought much of it.  Since we’ve been trying to watch what we’re buying and eating, it’s really changed the way I look at ingredients.  It’s nice to find so many different ways to use vegetables.  So many of them can be used in so many ways!

And seasoning – how much do you really think about the seasonings you put in your food?  I never really thought about what I was putting in my food to season it, probably never used much more than salt and pepper for years.  But now, I love using all sorts of seasonings to enhance the flavor of the food we eat.  I’m still partial to Mexican flavors, but also sage, rosemary – so many different flavors!

Here is one of my favorite things about food:

Onions and peppers sauteeing together with garlic.  The smell is so amazing!  And it can be the base for so many different dishes.  I love it with eggs for breakfast, it can be italian, or it can be really anything.

I’d love to know what you think about food.  Leave a comment and let me know!

We made this once before, about a year and a half ago right after moving into our house.  The first time, I don’t think any of us liked it, but maybe my taste buds have changed a little since then.  The first time we made it, we rented the movie Ratatouille, and had ratatouille for supper 🙂  Despite the cuteness of the idea, it didn’t go over well.  I still don’t think the kids liked it, but it was much better.

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For those of you living in Nebraska today, you know that it’s hot outside! There was no way that I was going to a) use my oven or b) stand over a hot stove top for absolutely longer than necessary, even though it would be inside!  (The widget on my desktop even now says that the temperature is 100, and with the humidity, the heat index is right around 115!)  This is what we had for supper tonight:

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Who doesn’t love stuffed peppers?  Here are the ones that I made for supper last night:

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This is another one made up tonight.  I’ve had Simon & Garfunkel stuck in my head all day, so when I got home and I realized I didn’t have any bacon (for my originally planned supper), I decided to use “parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme” in my recipe 🙂

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