Dirty Rice with Sweet Italian Sausage

Dirty Rice with Sweet Italian Sausage 2

Dirty Rice with Sweet Italian Sausage 2

Dirty Rice with Sweet Italian Sausage 1

Dirty Rice with Sweet Italian Sausage 3

Recipe from Food Network; adapted slightly

It’s been a long-time goal of mine to share recipes here on the blog and now I’m finally getting around to it! As I mentioned in this post, I’m trying to cook more in 2013 and test out a new recipe every week. Now, I’m definitely not claiming to be a great cook or anything like that, and I did not create this recipe myself, but when I try out a easy and tasty recipe, I feel like it would be worth sharing here on the blog, no?

Ingredients

  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 5 cups chicken stock, divided
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound smoked pork sausage, sliced*
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped**
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped**
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

*   I used sweet Italian sausage since that’s what I had- still turned out great!
** I didn’t have green peppers or celery, but I did have carrots so I added those instead.

Directions

Make the rice, in a medium saucepan combine the rice and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until all the stock is absorbed into the rice, about 20 minutes (also, I didn’t have enough chicken stock for cooking both the rice and to add to the entire mix later, so I used regular water when making the rice).

Meanwhile heat oil in a heavy-bottomed saute pan over medium-high heat. Brown the sausage. Once browned, add the garlic, onion, celery, and green bell pepper. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add 1 cup chicken stock and cayenne. Cook until the stock has reduced a little. Add the cooked rice and parsley and stir thoroughly. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if necessary.

Tell me: How do you feel about seeing recipes here- interested, not interested?

A Daily Cup of Tea

A-Daily-Cup-of-Tea

A-Daily-Cup-of-Tea

Apple Cinnamon // Hot Cinnamon Spice // Paris // White Christmas

I love tea. My morning routine consists of having a cup (or a partial cup if I’m in a rush!) of coffee in the morning and then a cup of tea once I get to work. On a chilly winter day, there’s nothing better than cozying up with a hot cup of tea and I usually drink 2-3 cups per day! One of my favorite brands of tea is Harney & Sons because their tins are the cutest and their teas are delicious. Every once in a while, I like to pop down to their store in Soho to stock up on new teas. They also have a little cafe area where you can sit down for a cuppa right in the store. My favorite new discovery is the Paris tea above, which smells and tastes absolutely wonderful.

Tell me: Tea or Coffee? (If you’re like me, the answer is both- I need both to keep my gears turning!)

Sweet and Savory

Sweet and Savory 1

Just a quick update with the latest recipes I’ve tried recently.  For the Creative Cuisine Night, which is mentioned in this post, two weeks ago, I made these egg rolls.  I’ve never made egg rolls before, and my last attempt at cooking Asian food was a disaster, so I was a bit apprehensive.  However, the recipe was quite simple and they were surprisingly tasty!

Egg Rolls

Then for the week of Halloween, I wanted to make a sweet and spooky treat.  These eyeballs fit the bill perfectly!  They were also easy to make and taste like a delicious Reese’s peanut butter cup.  It was so funny watching people eating them, because if you didn’t know what they are, it really looks like that person is eating an eyeball!

Eyeball Cookies
white chocolate version
Eyeball Cookies
semi-sweet chocolate version

Tomorrow, I’m planning on trying my hand at coconut shrimp, and I’m already looking ahead for my next sweet recipe.  Any suggestions?

Samoas

Samoas 1

At my school, I am one of the managers for my college’s late-night snack bar.  The nights I work, Tuesdays, is called Creative Cuisine Night, and I try to make special treats that we don’t normally serve throughout the week.  I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with recipes and rediscovering that I do actually like to cook, and especially bake.  All of things I’ve made so far, including soft pretzels, blueberry and chocolate chip muffins, oven-bakes chimichangas, and samoas bars, except for one (darn you stir-fry beef and broccoli), have been a success!  My latest treat were these Samoas Bars and I got the recipe from a blog I read, Redvines for Breakfast.  They are like the girl-scout cookie, super tasty and easier to make, and they sold out within an hour!  Now it’s time to figure out what I’m going to make this Tuesday!

samoa bars
look at all that crispy coconut!
samoa bars
chocolate, caramel, coconut, oh my!