Maple Mustard Glazed Bratwurst

maple mustard bratwurst

It’s finally Fall!  Or Autumn.  Depending on where you are in the English speaking world.  That means the official return of Sheet Pan Supper season!  When I worked at the Book Behemoth my hours were crazy.  I might open one day, close the next, work a mid-shift, or worst of all be subjected to the dreaded CLOPEN!  That’s when you close the store and get home around midnight and have to turn around and open the store at eight the next morning 😴.  Besides never seeing my family,  I worried over what they would eat.  Yeah, The Boy is a grown up, but Daughter #3 was still in college and not around to enforce human eating patterns.  Left to his own devices, The Boy would just eat cold pizza or leftovers over the sink like some kind of beast.  So, enter the sheet pan supper!  I prepare it the day before and leave a sticky note with baking instructions on top.

My maple mustard bratwurst with Fall vegetables is a favorite.  It can be made ahead, everything cooks at the same time, and there’s no need to add anything else.  Just bake and eat.  How easy is that? (Read more..)

Freshly Ground Breakfast Sausage

ground sausage

Some of my recipes involve making something you can easily buy in your local Mega Market.  “Why?!” you might ask.  “Because I can!” is my first response.  You know how some (weird) people will climb on top of high things, and then jump off of them with large rubber bands or flimsy silkworm excreted cloth attached to their extremely mortal bodies?  “Because they can?!”  “Because it’s there?!”  That’s how I feel about making certain foods from scratch.  The challenge is there and I rise to meet it!  

Also, to be honest, as a Type 2 Diabetic, I am aware of what I’m putting in my body at all times.  It isn’t just sugar or carbs I’m looking at, but the amount, the type, the artificial ingredients and chemicals.  In my opinion, it can’t be a bad thing to be in charge of what I’m ingesting.  I make good choices, I make… less good choices, BUT I make those choices with my eyes wide open! And today I choose to make SAUSAGE! (Read more…)