A quick little weeknight meal, made by sauteing garlic, onion and mushrooms in a small amount of butter and olive oil. I added some cooked Sicilian sausage medallions, and a little cooked broccoli. After this was heated through, I added chopped spinach, allowing it to wilt. Freshly chopped Roma tomatoes were added after removing from the heat. I wanted to keep the flavor light, so in addition to the fresh garlic that was added earlier, I seasoned with only Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper, and a light sprinkling of nutmeg. I took a cue from Sandra Lee (Semi-Homemade) by incorporating a purchased, but delicious item, Giovanni Rana’s Artichoke Ravioli, cooked then tossed in a little white sauce, then spooned over the vegetable/sausage dish. Serve with Parmesan, salad, and crusty bread. A very simple dinner idea, but delicious all the same.
I had a conversation with a friend the other day, and we discussed how we go about cooking a meal. She said she was fascinated with some of the cooking shows that require the cook to make something out of virtually nothing. I’m not a fan of those types of shows, I prefer the traditional cooking programs. But I came away from the conversation considering my own methods, and I told her I was that type of cook already. That’s how I go about cooking almost every meal! I’m fortunate enough to have a well stocked pantry, and that helps a great deal. I’m the first to tell you that I’m no chef! But what I do have is a love of home and family, and a desire to make happy memories for them. I have a desire to carry on tradition, and to create some of our own along the way. I come from a family who loves to cook, and I’m fortunate enough to learn from all of them! I guess I’ve said all of that, to say this…I hope you’ll bear with me as I write this blog. It may not always be straight forward recipes that I’m sharing, (since I’m not usually following one – unless it’s baking) but I hope to share a love of cooking, and maybe pass along some ideas along the way. And more importantly, I hope to share an overall sense of “home” with you.