All posts tagged: Sausage

The Sandwich Diaries ~ the Meatloaf Sandwich

There’s one important thing to have when making a great meatloaf sandwich Good meatloaf…. and white bread Okay, two things meatloaf, white bread… and mayo bollocks! … three things and pickle chips Dammit! Meatloaf, in a sense, has been around since the Romans. Although with ingredients like finely chopped lamb, pine nuts, rosemary and cream, you ended up with something more “pate-like” than what we call our beloved food of the masses. It wasn’t until WWII that meatloaf truly became part of the working class American diet. Looking to help families stretch their meat rations, numerous government agencies and appliance manufacturers started a campaign to show housewives how to extend meager protein rations to feed a large family. They championed adding stale bread, leftover biscuits, potatoes and rice into minced meat, adding a healthy dose of ketchup and seasonings, and baking it off “roast-style” to create a meat dish that would be fit to grace any Sunday Dinner table. It caught on. And while they were satisfying and filling, they did something much more important. They created leftovers. Leftovers that …

Aversion Therapy and Lentil Pot Pie

Prior to this past week, I would have told you I hated lentils. Since we were supposed to have the storm of the season here with freezing rain, sleet and a nice layer of snow to top it off – I thought it was best to hoof it to the market and stock up on some staples. The last time I didn’t heed warnings, I was stuck in the house with a 1/2 eaten rotisserie chicken, a can of biscuits and an egg… for a week. So I grabbed the required 2.7 gallons of milk, 6 loaves of white bread and enough peanut butter to choke a horse. Just as I was about to queue into the “Bertha, we haven’t shopped in 3 months “ line, when I thought a nice pot of white bean stew would bolster us against the pending arctic weather nicely, and headed back to wedge a package of beans in next to the slightly squitched bread. There wasn’t any. There weren’t any kidney beans, limas, or black-eyed peas either. However, the nearly bare shelves had an …

Every Day I’m Fenneling… Sausage Polenta Bake

God, I do love the internet thing when it comes to cooking. Don’t get me wrong, I treat my stack ‘o cookbooks like they’re Fort Knox. And for research ~ menu development ~ experimentation ~ food porn, I wouldn’t trade them for the world. But days like today, when I’ve got no real interest in prowling through pages, I can type a list of five ingredients I want to use in The Google ( because lord knows, I love The Google) and voila! I’ve got 15 or so recipes I can mix and match to come up with something tasty for dinner. It’s like playing Garanimals with celebrity chefs… a little Martha, Giada’s teeth, Alton’s receding hairline, and a couple of Chuck’s Tatts…. My Polenta Bake is based largely on Martha Stewart’s recipe Baked Polenta with Sausage… but I still have a load of fennel to do something with… and I didn’t like the idea of (and I wasn’t going to go out and just buy..) packaged polenta… and Giada had an Italian sausage pasta recipe …

The Sandwich Diaries – Brats and Grilled Onions

Oh, you know you want one…. I could give you the big, rambling story of how I used to make these huddled over a fire, with some homily on the goods and evils of prepackaged sausages…. but you really don’t care. you just want  this… okay, maybe not so much but, definitely… I hear ya… I’m not insensitive.. really… Right then.. Brats and Grilled Onions on Parmesan Toast Serves 4 Ingredients   Saute over medium heat until they look like… THIS!   Pop them in a 350 oven until golden, toasty and brown   When cooked, slice them on the diagonal in 1/4″ slices   Spread a little spicy mustard, then pile on the sausage and onions

Slaw Dog Millionaire

I’m pretty picky about my wieners… Get your smutty mind out of the gutter.. … I’m talkin’ hot dogs…. more specifically – German style wieners. And the absolute best wiener in the world is made by Schaller & Weber. (Visit them at http://www.schallerweber.com/ and place an order.) There is just something about that pork and beef blend, their traditional German spices and that crackly, ooohh soo crunchy natural casing that just defies an adequate, justifying description. Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure there’s nothing wrong (for some people) with Hebrew National or Nathan’s – but they’re all beef – And an all – beef wiener (quit giggling) is just tough and chewy. A winner wiener needs some pork to make it tender; it needs fat to make it unctuous; it needs natural oinky intestine casings to give it that critical crack when you sink your teeth into it…. otherwise, you might as well be eating Oscar’s bologna. and… It needs one more thing to make it perfect SLAW – You see, I’m a minimalist when …

Winner, Winner,… Sausage Dinner

I don’t win stuff. I’m not one of those good karma guys that fills out the raffle ticket and wins the  vacation of a lifetime. It just never happens…well, rarely happens. I did win a Chicago’s Greatest Hits Album when I was 14. And, I almost always got the brownies at the church Cake Walk… and I did win the Grand Prize at last year’s Project Red New Year’s Eve Celebration in NYC… (but that was airfare and tickets to some freakishly loud techno concert…..and a year’s supply of red sneakers….. I gave it back…. I’m 50 for Pete’s sake!) So when I won the Marx Foods raffle for a nine (yes, 9) pound box of assorted sausage, I was suitably stoked. I love a good sausage. I especially love a well-made sausage. And, the game meat sausages from Marx Foods have not disappointed me. What I got in the package was: Venison Sausage with Merlot & BlueberriesLamb Merguez Buffalo Sausage with Chipotle Chilies Duck Sausage with Foie Gras & Sauterne Wine Duck Sausage with …

The Sandwich Diaries ~ Das Good!

Oh, Dunderbak, Oh Dunderbak,  How could you be so mean? To ever  have invented the sausage meat machine? Now all the rats and pussy cats will never more be seen, they’ve all been ground to sausages in Dunderbak’s machine. Back in the late 80’s I ran Mr. Dunderbak’s,  a German Delicatessen in Marietta. I adored the place. It was cheesy, kitschy, and everything you’d expect in a “Disney-gone-wrong” kind of theme restaurant. But, for everything that was wrong with the atmosphere – we had excellent food… an extensive deli.. and at that time…items you just couldn’t get anywhere else. I carried authentic German meats and sausages, superior cheeses and a full line of imported beer. I still think about our Reuben Sandwich sizzling on the griddle and a slow cooked pot of German Potato Salad…and drool. I thought today I’d just treat us all to a trip to Germany – ish  … So crank up the polka music, donne your Lederhosen, and dust off that tacky beer stein you bought in Helen. Es ist Zeit …