I think I enjoy the cooking more than eating, there is nothing better than to watch the smile grow after someone’s first bite. Note from Steve: I am a flow of thought writer and apologize up front if I lose you. My family is used to it.
We took advantage of a special that Butcher Box was offering bacon and breakfast sausage. My son had recommended the bacon so I figured what the heck. Now with the pandemic you have to make do with what you have. The first thing we had to do is figure out if it had maple syrup in it. Mike never got the sausage so he did not know but suggested smell it. Not a bad idea so I opened the package and smelt away and it did not. Good thing is I still had my sense of smell and taste, if you know what I mean. I cooked a tiny pattie just to make sure and the nose did not fail me. Anyway Lyn made her sauce and I cooked the sausage etc. It was a mild breakfast sausage and I added some Italian seasoning while browning. When browning I like to flatten it and let brown flip then start to crumble, rather than start to crumble as soon as you put in pan. In my opinion it produces a moister browned meat.
I added green pepper, mushroom, spring onion after the meat was browned cooked for a minute then added some of Lyn’s sauce
Cooked the pasta and served.
All in all it came out pretty good for a cook from the gut meal. I think the mildness of the sausage made it possible.
I remember trips to Maine and those great Sunday dinners of Rose’s. Her smile would grow if you ask for seconds and with one hand holding the edge of your plate making retreat impossible she would pile on the pasta, lasagna, meatballs…..and when you could hardly hold the plate up then she was satisfied you had ample seconds. Well this Christmas I made lasagna in her honor but added some vegetables since Lyn batted her eyes and asked do you think…… I never came up with those picture perfect lasagna but it always taste good.
1 box of lasagna noodles ( this time I cheated and used the oven ready ones)
I looked at the container with the leftover turkey that was left for us. I had already had two or three left over sandwiches and could not bear the thought of another after all it has only been 2 days and Lyn and I had cooked a turkey for leftovers on Wednesday so it was really been 4 days. Wendy’s Dave did that for our family once when we decided to go out to a restaurant for Tday and we figured with original count at 13 we should do the same. Anyway back to the Chili this was make shift and quick so the measurements are a guess.
2 cups finely chopped turkey
small onion chopped
1 garlic clove minced
1 small green pepper
1 can pinto beans
1 can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon chili powder
¼ to ½ cup Lyn’s pasta sauce
Sauté the onion for about 4 minutes add the green pepper for another 2 minutes add garlic until you can smell about 30 seconds.
Add the rest of the ingredients bring to a boil and simmer until you’re hungry.
With the pasta sauce I just added enough until it look like a good amount.