Monday, July 14, 2014

Sausage and Pepper Cups

I hate wasting food.  Of course I have the occasional blunder and forget about some fresh produce until it is too late, but I try to make sure that doesn't happen.  Well recently I had a bunch of leftover wonton wrappers and no clue what to do with them.  After poking around the freezer a bit a little inspiration hit me.  I saw a lot of people using them to make taco cups, but why not use them for other fun mini entrees?  Thus the sausage and pepper cups was born.

Although mine was short on the pepper part.
They were really good, and pretty addicting too.  My boyfriend fell in love with them.  It would be a great party food.

1 package wonton wrappers
1 lb sausage in casing (I used Irish garlic, but that is seasonal around here, use the flavor you prefer)
2 large onion, diced
2 large bell peppers, diced
2 can diced potato (its all I had, you could also use two medium fresh diced baked potatoes)
Salt, pepper, and paprika to taste


  1. Cook sausage in oven at 350°F for about 30 minutes or until cooked through let cool enough to handle
  2. In a large pan sweat onion and bell peppers
  3. Mix in potatoes to the onion mix and season to taste
  4. Dice sausage and mix into the onion mix
  5. In muffin tin place a wonton wrapper into each cup
  6. Spoon in the mixture into the cups
  7. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes
  8. Take out and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Take Advantage of Farmers Markets

Sorry, this is another post that is not typical of this blog.  A lot of bad things have happened since my last post.  After dealing with the worst contractor in the world I am left a little exhausted.  Unfortunately my business with him is not finished yet, but that is a whole different story.

Now onto the good!  Have you ever checked out your local farmers markets?  I've heard so many excuses of why people don't go, hell, I have even said a few myself.  Things like "I don't know when/where one is."  "I don't like to get up that early."  "I can just go to the store, the produce is not that much more expensive."  "I always work mornings."  Well, I am here to tell you to quit yo' complaining.  It is not hard to find out when and where they are, just ask around or check out your town website.  Put on your adult underwear and get up early.  In my small little town there is one almost every day in the week (or at least one in a nearby town), working most mornings is no excuse.  Oh, and yes, the store is in fact that much more expensive.

Don't believe me?  Go ahead, guess how much I spent on this fresh produce today.

Just look at that tasty produce.
Before you make your guess I will let you know exactly what is there:

3 Bell Peppers
3 Cucumbers
1 Bundle of Green Onions
4 Apples
5 Bananas
4 Beef Stake Tomatoes
5 Plums
1 Cantaloupe 

I only spent $10.75, and that is my average when I go.  This is about a third of what I would pay at the store.  I have brought home fresh berries, asparagus, the sweetest watermelon you have ever tasted, peaches, pears, mangos, and whatever else happened to be in season at the time.

Not only do you get the satisfaction of saving money, but you are also directly helping a family pay for their bills when you buy from them, instead of supporting some CEO paying employees minimum wage.  It is a win-win if you ask me.

It is not all that much different than buying your produce anywhere else.  You always have to check it before you buy it.  Never let the vendor randomly grab a bunch and bag it for you.  Also make sure you wash your produce before storing them so they stay fresh all week long.

My favorite wash "recipe"  is to fill a bowl with cold water.  Add 1/4 of distilled white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt.  Mix it up and let your produce soak for 30 minutes.  Then rinse them with cold water and let them dry before storing.  

Just look at these happy fruits and vegetables taking a dip!

No worries if you can't stand vinegar.  The taste does not stick.

One last word of advice is to go early, because stuff can sell out quickly!  Go forth and be frugal!