Monday, October 10, 2011

FALL in love

Living near Forest Park has allowed me to take walks around the park almost daily. The different colors of the season are slowly revealing themselves in different shades of yellow, orange and red. This lifts me up and fills my head with wonderful thoughts and memories.

After living in FL and CA for the past ten years, it's been awhile since I've been surrounded by the splendor of Autumn.  And I've Fall-in love!  My family's brief stint in New York gave us our first glimpse of Autumn and that feeling is all coming back to me.  And it's funny that even while walking,(when the body is supposed to be burning calories) food randomly pops up among my fondest memories.  Food paraded in my mind as I thought about each state I lived in, New York: Italian Sausage, Florida: Pad Thai and So Cal... hmm I haven't really associated a single dish to Socal's myriad eats.

Ok, for now let's talk about New York and the recipe for Italian Sausage from my father in law, Papa Tony. In retrospect, Papa Tony is the orginal foodie in the family.  He is our Masterchef and I served as his sous chef during our cookfests at home. Because of our constant cooking,  I was exposed to different techniques which I believed made me more confident in the kitchen. He introduced me to a wide array of various cuisines with interesting notes on each cuisine... plus he has an elaborate knowledge of the things he enjoys like photography and astronomy. So while we cook he would share his knowledge like you're reading National Geographic or watching the History Channel.

Italian Sausage with Peppers is one of my favorite dishes in his food repertoire.  It is relatively simple to make but yet very rich in flavor.  Each time I make it, I hear his voice telling me his tips:
1. On slicing veggies:  Make sure that all slices will yield uniform sizes,  resulting in diagonal slices. This may be done for appearance and to allow even cooking.
2. On browning sausages: Add minimal oil to the pan, just a  thin coat in order to brown your sausages. This is an important step in your flavor-building process.  The surface of the sausage should be dark brown and a little crusty not burnt.

So keep those tips in mind as I share with your Papa Tony's recipe.

Easy Italian Sausages with Peppers

1 pack sausage links ( I used the sweet and spicy kind)
3 cloves garlic
1 medium onion sliced
1 medium green pepper sliced
1 medium tomato, sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 c dry white wine
1/4 c broth

In a pan, brown sausage links on each side. (Make sure to follow Papa Tony's tip #2)  It may take about 4 minutes each side. Set aside.
Using the same pan, saute garlic and onions.  Stir and add tomatoes.  Add white wine.  Let it simmer.  
Slice the sausages and bring it back to the pan.  Pour in broth and cook the sausages for about 5 minutes or until the sauce is reduced.
It's that simple... enjoy!

I got a call from Papa Tony, and he said that I should add more broth (bouillon dissolved in water is fine too) to the sauce... and also add more onions.... thanks Papa!


  1. Wow the sausages look so amazing! Sounds delicious and juicy :)

  2. Yay a recipe from Papa Tony. Have I tried this before. I think I did! Now I can try cooking it, Italian sausages are on sale today, another yay!


  3. One of the best meals ever! (And they taste better as street food! Youtr dish is picture-perfect. Papa Tony's tips are well-noted!

  4. I'm glad you are settling in to your new home and enjoying the fall! I absolutely love sausage and pepper and your dish looks perfect-- my mouth is watering!

  5. Oh I totally understand how much you fell in love with fall. Fall was my favorite season while growing up in Japan. All the sudden after I came to California, my favorite fall is gone. All the trees are green or bald.... I'm so envious that you get to enjoy foliage fully! Enjoy it for me too! The sausage looks juicy and yummy! This goes well with rice or bread. It looks delicious!

  6. Sausage & peppers are my sons' fave! It's my go-to dish on hectic days. But I haven't made this in a while. Is it a sign that things are truly hectic? Thanks for the inspiration, Malou!

  7. I love your mouthwatering looking sausage. You Papa Tony would be happy for you to mimic his recipe like a pro. All because of this tricks and tips on how to perfect this dish. His tips are noted. I will try this with his tips in mind.

  8. Hi Tes: Great to "meet" you. Thanks for coming over.

    Jenny: Im not sure if you did. But if you attended one of our parties before then you must have had tried it. Try cooking it, it's uber simple.

    Claudia: Hello dear. How are you? Great to see you again. I never had this yet though as street food... well maybe when I go to Italia haha!

    Ryan: THanks Ryan and yes, I'm adjusting smoothly... and warming up to my new city!

    Nami: Good you have all four seasons in Japan. Growing up in the Philippines, I only knew 2 seasons, that's why I'm excited with the 4 seasons.

    Betty: Yeah we are all busy but this is an easy recipe so I hope you could squeeze in some time to cook it again.

    Trudy: Hello! Great to see you here. Indeed he was happy but only he told me to add more soup stock to it haha. Thanks for dropping by.!

  9. Aww yay! I'm so glad to hear you've been living fall to it's fullest potential! Sausage in peppers is a classic favorite in my Italian household! Yum.


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