Scouring the stacks and stacks of mags and books that decorate my shelves and floors for Christmas/holiday recipes, I came across a vintage gem that was added to the “to-make” list, immediately.
From a Better Homes & Gardens from 1992 had an add for Hidden Valley Sausage Stars, I followed up this discovery with a Pinterest search and saw that this recipe has been a staple in many homes for years.
Oddly enough, I rarely if ever saw deviations from the original. I could have taken this as a sign to not mess with perfection… but when have I ever done that?
Do you ever feel alive? Like truly alive? I’m not talking about jumping out of a plane, or your wedding day, or watching the World Series from the dugout… I’m talking about those little moments.
For me it’s hiking with the boy and his dog, hearing a melody that gives me shivers, giving someone a hug and meaning it, seeing a sunrise like it’s for the first time, drinking a beer that makes my taste buds dance, smiling at someone that you can tell needed it. I bring this up, because in making this dish, I was standing over a pan of peppers and onions, and another with beer and brats, and taking in the smells, I thought, “Man, this is living.” I love those little moments, the ones that they don’t make cards about, that can’t be truly captured, those tiny, fleeting, beautiful moments. That’s why I love cooking. And that’s why I do this blog.
Sorry for waxing poetic… it’s just one of those days 🙂
Now give me the meat and beer!
Another Valentine’s Day is upon us, and before you go gettin all surly about whatever state your love life is in (or out), may I suggest celebrating this holiday with other intentions. Rather than scoffing at the ladies who get flowers in your office, or the heart shaped balloons floating over-head, or tacky lingerie with feather boas that line the racks, let’s use today as a reminder of all the people in our lives that maybe we’ve forgotten to show love. Who couldn’t use a little extra love, a smile, a thank-you, a “hey, thanks for listening to my crap all day long,” or the like? And of course, oh, of course, couldn’t these same people use an extra special meal in their lives?!
This dish of pork love is a showstopper, and paired with a gorgeous salad, which I’ll be sharing Thursday, and some creamy Mac n Cheese, which I’ll be sharing next week, it’s a meal fit for a king or queen.