Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sausage, Red Bell Pepper & Refrigerator Raid Pasta...what else can I call it?


I have been too busy to even start decorating my house for Christmas-- let alone, set up the Christmas tree!  Where does the time go? Who took it?  I am so backed up with unpublished and unedited dinners, cakes, desserts and home baked breads-- that y'all must think my stove died. Nothing could be farther from the truth!  On Saturday, I made a chocolate cake with a white chocolate mousse filling (for a church auction)... which is a funny story because I don't consider myself a cake decorator and I had no idea how to make  a white chocolate mousse-- but it turned out great!


On Sunday, I made cream of broccoli soup,  raspberry coulis sauce (for the leftover mousse, to make parfaits), a turkey breast roast and a complete German dinner of a pork roast, potato dumplings and red cabbage!  I hope to get those posted soon, but Christmas is coming at warp speed!

I got a little carried away at Costco, about two weeks ago, so I've vowed to make recipes based on what's in my pantry and what's in my refrigerator.  Did I mention that we finally bought a brand new refrigerator? I didn't?  That happened in mid October, when Consumer Reports says is the best time to find a bargain on refrigerators. Do I hear an "Amen"?

Photo from Samsung Website. Our fridge is in black.

Yes, it's a beauty, too. All 29 cu.ft. of French Door, freezer on the bottom wide open space-- with all kinds of bells and whistles.  My veggies seem to last forever-- and, halleluiah, our 17 cu.ft. fridge is now in the garage-- where I can store cold drinks and all kinds space-- it's a new frontier!  We got a great deal on it-- HALF of what you think we'd pay, zero interest for 12 months and free delivery...but that's another story.  I'm a very happy home cook, to say the least.
On the way home from work, I started doing a mental inventory on what to make for dinner-- another sign that I'm busy. I usually have a meal plan for the whole week-- but not this time! I had some Italian sausage leftover from a lentil sausage soup I made (yet to blog about), half a red bell pepper, some fresh spinach and some cremini mushrooms.  So, I just started cooking, and didn't even dig out my camera. I was listening to one of the best audio books of all time (my personal opinion) called "The Help", by Kathryn Stockett. This book has been the buzz of book clubs, and I can see why!  When I've got my iPod tucked into my kitchen apron, and I'm totally engrossed into a well narrated story-- it's "Goodbye Irene".  I'm choppin', and cookin' (the story is based in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 60's, so I've got that Southern twang goin' on in my head), I started creating something that I had no idea would turn out so delicious.


Sausage, fresh spinach, cremini mushrooms, red bell pepper and penne pasta...


Seasoned with garlic and my own blend of Italian seasoning, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, some leftover red wine, and some heavy cream-- just a little.


Don't forget the Parmesano-Reggiano (or whatever cheese you have)!

My wonderful husband walked into the door at 6:30, just as I finished creating a dish that turned out to be a pasta in 45 minutes.  Perfect timing! Craig smiled and gave this dish a double thumbs up. Yes, we had seconds.  I don't have my usual tutorial on how to make this, but I quickly jumped onto my laptop to write down how I did it.  This one's a keeper! It has sausage, vegetables and just the right about of spice to make a delicious dinner.  I have no idea what to name this dish-- if you can think of a better name... please let me know!

I'm going to be a little scarce on my blog, I think.  I'd like for my life to slow down a bit, and I'm hoping that will happen this weekend.  I'll be on a two week Winter Break, from my school, pretty soon-- then, you might see an avalanche of recipes. I miss all of you!  Don't give up on me!

I've had a few private emails asking how to find/read my recipes.  If you're receiving emails, then you need to JUMP to my blog.  Just look for the BLUE lettering that says "A Feast For The Eyes"-- point your mouse on to and CLICK!  POOF!  You'll see the recipe below, which I wrote down immediately, or I'll forget how I did it!  If I do say so myself, this one was a flavorful dinner-- and it will be in my lunch box tomorrow.

Sausage & Refrigerator & Pantry  Raid Penne Pasta

I had some Italian sausage that I needed to cook ...

See Sausage & Refrigerator & Pantry  Raid Penne Pasta on Key Ingredient.



I hope you're enjoying your holiday preparations. I need to get crackin'!



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26 comments:

Stacey Snacks said...

The cake, pasta dish and fridge are all gorgeous!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I want that fridge, what a beauty! This is a busy time of year, take time and enjoy.

Debinhawaii said...

I am so impressed with that cake--it is gorgeous! The pasta looks yummy and I have fridge envy! ;-)

TKW said...

Now that pasta is a stunner, but the REFRIGERATOR?! Wiping the drool off my chin...

Susan said...

You are way too busy! The cake is gorgeous for "an amateur!" Great job. Anxious for some of your other recipes and pictures, but take your time. January tends to be a slow time in blog world. Enjoy your private Christmas time. SO glad I found you in blogworld.

George Gaston said...

Debby... Time stands still when an artist is creating. Your creative cake is beautiful & I hope it drew a high bid. And this 'clean-the-fridge' pasta in full of flavor, color and easy ~ How great is that! Thanks

Kate said...

What a "packed" post! Cake, pasta..new fridge. Geez. I am counting the days to winter break. For the first time in years, I am taking both weeks off!

mattie said...

I'll never give up on you! That cake is a thing of beauty. And I'm repenting right on for all the coveting I'm doing of your gorgeous new refrigerator. Some of my best meals are when I stand in front of the fridge and pull things out. I'm definitely putting this recipe on the menu.
Also, can't wait to read your Potato dumpling recipe, I just made them on Friday and they didn't come out well. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't, so I'm waiting to get some of your wisdom on the topic! Thanks Debby, you are the best.

Frieda said...

My jaw hit the keyboard when I saw your fridge. What brand is it? Love the pasta dish...why not call it Italian Delight?

Mimi said...

I love those pasta dishes that just happen, yours looks so tasty. Your caked turned out gorgeous. The new fridge awesome, but the best part is keeping the old one, I couldn't make it with just one refrigerator.
Mimi

Cheryl said...

That is my exact fridge in the photo, LOL! You have good taste!

For not being a cake decorator I would say that is one impressive cake, and the pasta! YUM

A Feast for the Eyes said...

It's a Samsung brand refrigerator. We paid-- are you ready-- $1036.00, with tax and free deliver, at zero interest! We love it. Oh, we bought it at Lowe's.

Monica H said...

What a great deal on the fridge- that's awesome! I love shiny new appliances. Really, just anything shiny :-)

Pasta looks yummy too!

Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

I should start using all the ingredients I have in the fridge and pantry as well. I think they might last me for a couple of months...I wish I could buy a fridge like yours, it looks amazing!

Jen_from_NJ said...

I love to experiment with pasta dishes. It is so rewarding when it comes out delicious and you have to write down the ingredients before you forget! Your pasta looks so good and congrats on the new fridge. Enjoy!

Mary said...

What a lovely pasta, but it's hard to compete with that marvelous refrigerator! You're one lucky lady :-). I know it will make your life easier.

Simple Simon said...

I am having major fridge envy right now, you lucky lady!

Kim said...

Congrats on your new fridge! We have a second fridge in our garage as well that I use for cold drinks, yeast dough, and other frozen goodies. The cake looks like it turned out beautiful and I love the name refrigerator raid pasta, sounds like the perfect way to eat up what's in the fridge :D

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I'll bet that cake was the top draw at the auction!

Muneeba said...

What to admire first?? Ok, hats off on making that gorgeous cake ... just the words "white chocolate mousse" sound divine. And I love your new fridge ... want it want it want it! *sigh* maybe next Christmas.

Cristie said...

I'm completely joyful for you- the fridge is beautiful. Christmas came early. We had a similar dinner tonight, love those kinds of meals when things just work out. I'll give yours a spin some night.

cookeaze said...

I’m so glad to see this post..Very interesting and gorgeous!

Velva said...

Love it! I love listening to music when I cook but, I never thought about listening to an audio tape on my ipod. What a great idea.

Your quick, whatever is left in the refrigerator pasta dish looks wonderful. Very healthy too.

Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I know what you mean about time whizzing by this time of year, but that pasta would be delicious even if you had tons of time - not to mention that beautiful cake. The fridge looks great too - I need to figure out a way to break my old 20-year old jalopie and replace it.

Ingrid said...

Now that post was loaded. Everything looked and sounded great. Now sure where to begin. :)

Debby, I totally get being busy! Look how long it's been since I posted! :( Good luck getting caught up. There's pretty much no hope for me...kids. :)
~ingrid

Di said...

Debbie,just happened upon your wonderful site. We had pasta for dinner last night, but it looks like there may be another dish in the making in the days ahead. Thank you.