Notice the lovely baking/serving pan? Anyone who knows me even just a little bit would certainly be surprised to see me roasting in a foil pan, no less serving my meal in it!! Well, this is how living in corporate housing goes.
My son and I packed up our cars and moved last Thursday….to Georgia! It’s definitely been a whirlwind time, beginning in March when I flew up to Georgia to look at the area, chat about my new job opportunity and before I knew it, I quit my job, my home was put up for sale, sold in three weeks and I start my new job on Monday! Until I can find a home here, I will be staying at a very nice furnished home. And it is very nice, except if you are like me, and many of you are, the kitchen, while spacious enough contains the very, very basic of utensils and cooking equipment.
Allow me to share my drawer with you…
And here are the pots and pans I will be using….
A toaster, coffeemaker, two glass bowls, and a knife set that even an amateur would never cut their finger on or cut much of anything else is also a part of my kitchen tools. I’m not complaining really. I love a challenge and I’m taking this on to cook, bake and create in my new minimalist kitchen!
I did pack my spices and bottles of vinegar and such that were open, artisanal pastas and baking ingredients. A quick shopping trip to get some ingredients and be able to wake up with a cup of espresso (I did bring my own Moka pot and espresso cups) on the first morning began the challenge. I really should have taken Geni’s advice to pack an emergency baking box as she did when her kitchen floors were being remodeled, but alas I did not. Our cars were filled with clothes and such that could carry us through for hopefully only a two month period. My Florida home will be packed and put in storage until my new place is bought.
So, please be understanding, my posts will be staggered here and there, my photos will not be containing cute little bunnies or fancy platters, but I will continue to cook from my heart. And tonight’s dinner was from my heart, a simply, rustic meal that made me feel like I was home with my family. In a unfamiliar area, where everything seems overwhelming until I find my bearings and way, food brings comfort. I think we all can agree on that! And at times like this, when I’m far away from those that I was close to, I appreciate so much to be a part of this connected blogosphere community of friends that make me feel like I’m not so alone after all!
Roasted Sausages, Peppers, Potatoes and Onions
1 pound potatoes, cleaned and cut into bite size chunks
2 bell peppers, I like to use 1 red and 1 yellow, seeded and cut into bite size pieces
1 medium onion, cut into bite size chunks
Olive oil, about 3 tablespoons
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound Italian sausage (I used chicken sausage)
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place the potatoes, peppers and onion into one large roasting pan or two pans as the vegetables should not be crowded. Drizzle on oil and sprinkle on salt, pepper, dried oregano and mix well. Roast veggies for about 30-40 minutes, stirring once or twice until lightly browned. Prick each sausage in several places and place on top of the veggies. Roast for an additional 15-30 minutes until sausage and veggies are cooked through. Serve hot with fresh rustic bread. Makes about 4 servings.
I love being in the kitchen. Early mornings, soft music, a hot espresso. Easing into the preparation of delicious meals. Glancing through cookbooks, gathering inspiration and planning my day. I look forward to the cycles of the seasons, the pleasures of tasting and savoring and sharing this with those dear to me. Weekends are special to me as my week days are often rushed, but still I create the ambiance, light the candles, set the table and uncork the wine.