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Cucina Rustica

This day broke with a frosty, sun-infused, crystal blue morning – perfect weather for a brisk pre-breakfast dog walk.  As my feet amble, my thoughts wander, and today that mental trek took me back through a cooking segment I happened to catch on T.V. last week, while working on a sewing project. 

By way of introduction, Rachel Ray called the combo of baked sausages with grapes a classic;  “Been around forever,” I think is the quote.  I’d never prepared it personally, but I was intrigued by her idea of adding chicken to the mix, and of course I fiddled quite a bit with the preparations.  My lightened version was a big enough hit at my Tuesday night in-law supper that I can highly recommend to you a menu of Baked Chicken with Italian Turkey Sausage and Black Grapes, Baked Brie with Multigrain Toast Triangles, Steamed Green Beans, some perhaps redundant Pan-Stewed Apple Slices, and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake.   

Based on crowd approval, I envision this adaptation of the main dish recipe becoming a re-run in my household.  Gotta’ love those rustic Italian cooks. (more…)

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