Smoked Sausage Cassoulet

Smoked Sausage Cassoulet

In Good Time, 123 Slow Cooker recipe – Weight Watchers

  • 2 bacon slices
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 pound lean boneless pork loin roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 pound reduced-fat smoked sausage, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 8 teaspoons finely shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 8 teaspoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Add onion, thyme, rosemary, and garlic to drippings in pan; sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in crumbled bacon, salt, pepper, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Remove from heat
  • Place half of beans in a large bowl; mash with a potato masher until chunky. Add remaining half of beans, pork, and sausage; stir well. Place half of bean mixture in a 3 1/2-quart electric slow cooker; top with half of tomato mixture. Repeat layers. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 hours. Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley.

We usually just throw everything into the slow cooker, skip the bacon, don’t sauté anything – and it turns out just fine

Purple Cole Slaw

This is my Mom’s iconic purple cole slaw that I made a week or so ago for the first time. Simply the best. We traditionally have it with grilled turkey and corn on the cob in the summer.  My Mom reports that it was from a recipe in a California newspaper more than fifty years ago.  Don’t leave out the bacon!

For 1.1/4 c dressing: 

  • 1 c sour cream
  • 2 t. salt
  • 1 1/2 t sugar
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/4 t. pepper
  • 1/4 c. white vinegar

Combine sour cream, salt, sugar, paprika and pepper. Gradually stir in vinegar. Cover and chill. 

  • 4 c. shredded green cabbage
  • 2 c. shredded red cabbage
  • 1 c. chopped green pepper
  • 1 c. shredded carrot
  • 1/2 c sliced radish
  • 8 slices bacon; cooked & crumbled

20-40 minutes before serving mix with dressing and chill

The Reluctant Fundamentalist; Mohsin Hamid

A young Pakistani fresh out of Princeton joins a cut throat NYC firm.  9/11 happens into his first year which makes him question his motives.  Told from flash back as he is being questioned by an American in Pakistani – never quite certain what his current state is.  Interesting quick read. I just read that they recently made this into a movie – doesn’t make any sense how that can be given the nature of the novel.

PJH rating: ****

Crossing to Safety; Wallace Stegner

Two academic couples meet while they are starting as Instructors at U of Wisconsin in the 1930’s and become lifelong friends.  The novel, told from the point of view of one of the husbands, apparently very autobiographical, jumps around the decades starting and ending in the 1970’s during the death of one of the four.  Such great writing and story telling.  Very emotional.  Written in 1987 this was Stegner’s last novel, written when he was in his late 1970’s.  I’ve never heard of him – I wish I remember where I read to read this.  Brilliant.

PJH Rating: **** 1/2 (and 3/4)

Our Souls at Night; Kent Haruf

A 70’s year old widow knocks on the door of her neighbor, a 70’s year old widower and asks him if he would be interesting in sleeping over a few nights a week as she is lonely.  An interesting courtship / family dynamics tale ensues.  This was Haruf’s last novel before he died last year.  I enjoy his sparse novels, the simple language, and while this is not one of his best, it’s a nice quick enjoyable read.

PJH Rating: ****

Christmas 2014

Christmas went by in the blink an eye this year. Here’s some photos.
We somehow now have four different Christmas trees.  Tree#1: we toyed with the idea of buying a fake tree for our main tree… but can’t quite do it.  Our tree looked great this year.
Tree#2: Snowman tree
Tree#3: restoration hardware one with silver balls and icicles
#4: table top metal with lots of little silver and red ornaments
I found a real birds nest in the tree when I was putting the lights on. Means 2015 is going to be an excellent year.
Christmas blooms at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens
Sophia turned 13 on 12.13.14
Claire and Sean had a Christmas Sweater Party at their house. Sean won!
Soupy had his ice sculpture party at his house
I took hardly any pictures on Christmas Eve and not a one on Christmas Day. This one about sums up our Christmas Eve at our house with 28 people. Crazy but fun and nice as usual. On to a great 2015!

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2011