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Sausage Apple Harvest Casserole

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I sort of forgot this weekend was a holiday weekend. It’s really weird what places decide to work and what places give employees the day off tomorrow. I will be working, and so will Angus but I know there are tons of people with the day off because the old port was PACKED last night. We tried to go out to dinner at the Green Elephant but the wait was too long, so we went to Empire Chinese and the wait was too long there as well. Finally we ended up at Mi Sen noodle bar. I’ve never seen this many people in town during the fall! Crazy. The weather wasn’t excellent yesterday but I still managed to get out for a good run and then before we had dinner we walked along the eastern prom trail downtown.

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Today is absolutely beautiful. Took a nice walk in the Fore River Sanctuary this morning and this afternoon I worked at Quest. Not a bad weekend at all! Anyway, I bet your’re all wondering how to make this delicious dish. This was actually something I made last weekend. It is bursting with fall flavors and very very tasty! I hate the word casserole. It just doesn’t sound good. But what else do you call a bunch of random food cooked together in a dish? Casserole takes the win. So here it is:

Sausage Apple Harvest Casserole

  • 3/4 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 pound (I used three bigger sausages) of chicken sausage
  • 4 strips of bacon
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 2 apples, peeled and cut into thick slices
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • chopped fresh sage
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of cooked brown rice

1. Heat a bit of butter in a frying pan on medium heat. Add onion, cook until clear and add chopped garlic and and sautee another minute or so.

2. Take the sausage out of the casing and sautee in the same pan with the onions. Cook until the sausage is done.

3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

4. In a glass baking dish toss chopped potatoes with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

5. Add sausage, bacon, celery, and sage to the dish with the potatoes. Don’t Add the apples yet!

6. Cook for about an hour or until the potatoes are soft. Add the apples with about 30 minutes left of cook time. While the casserole is in the oven cook up some rice!

7. Serve over rice and dig in. Yummmmmm 🙂

Easy Greek Pasta Salad

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Last month my friend Allison was living with us and showed me this great recipe for a pasta salad. Since then, I’ve already made it twice. It is delicious, and summery and best of all: easy! In the summer (which as of this weekend, I’m declaring it summer in Maine) I have no patience to spend time cooking dinner and want to spend as much time as I possibly can playing outside. The recipe is from this cookbook, which I haven’t had a chance to look through but I’m sure there are more great recipes in it. Here’s my own adaptation of the recipe:

  • 1 box of orzo
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • Pint of cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • Basil
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • Cashews (optional)

1. Cook orzo according to directions on box.

2. Drain pasta, and rinse with cold water.

3. Add olive oil and stir to coat.

4. Add basil, tomatoes, and feta cheese.

5. Store in refrigerator. When you are ready to serve add some cashews for an added crunch of protein!