I feel as if I have been swirling in the vortex of life for the past few months. Time flies while my activities expand to fill the time allotted. My creativity, particularly my cooking, has become stagnant. Tired of the repetitive dishes of winter, I search the markets for inspiration and find none. My anthem these days seems to be Anna Nalick's "Breathe".
Of course I am impressed by Tracy's bagel experiment. I am enchanted by Denise's butterfly olive cookies. My sweet tooth is piqued by Kath's Kaluha and coffee ice cream, and I am amused by Valerie's adventures in Italy; but a couple of failures in the kitchen and my current funk have rendered me immobile.
As Spring turns Winter into a memory, I am hopeful that my stagnation will retreat as well.
The dish I made for dinner last night, although said to have originated during the fall grape harvest in Umbria, was a nice change of pace.
Sausages With Grapes--My Version
1 pound Hot or Sweet Italian Sausage--I like hot
3 cups seedless red grapes
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Place sausages in a 10- or 12 inch skillet, add 3 tablespoons water, and turn heat to medium. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes, turning often.
Remove cover, and prick sausages. Remove excess fat from pan leaving about 1 tablespoon. Add 1 tablespoon butter to the pan along with the grapes. Sprinkle grapes with a pinch of salt, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until grapes soften somewhat. Add balsamic vinegar and stir.
Serve hot and enjoy!