Recipe: Italian Sausage Pasta with Gouda


Cook and Prep Time: 20 min

Serves 8

Ingredients:

1 lb Italian sausage

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 

1 onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, diced

2 cups fresh spimach, chopped

1 tbsp fresh oregano

1 tbsp fresh basil

1 tbsp fresh parsley

1 tsp fresh rosemary

Salt and pepper

3 cups whey (or 1 cup milk and 2 cups water)

1 package pasta (bow-tie, penne, elbow)

2 cups gouda cheese, chopped

  1. Cook sausage, onions, and garlic in olive oil in a Dutch oven or stockpot, covered, until sausage is cooked. 
  2. Add spinach and herbs until spinach is cooked.
  3. Add whey and pasta, covered, let boil for 10 minutes.
  4. Add gouda and cook uncovered until creamy but thick.
  5. Enjoy!!!!

Here’s a pic of my toddler enjoying his meal!!!

A Bit Of St. Patrick’s Day Fun: A Guest Blog Post from Rose


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A very happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all of Allison’s friends.

I am enclosing below an Irish Dream straight from the little people.

It comes from a home in the big hedge somewhere near Derryhall in County Westmeath in Ireland, where all the men have bunches of shamrocks in there cabeen* caps to keep the little people at bay.

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Fairy Lore

“You got out of bed and did not make your side of the bed,” the leprechaun woman says, as she pulls on the covers. She continues, “Leaving it all to me.” (They are speaking in thick “Irish brogues.”) She went looking for that light white blanket between the sheet and the duvet and finds it all balled up at the foot of the bed. She says, “I see that those legs of yours, with the big calf muscles, have kicked down…”

He talks over what she is saying and says, “Those same legs are years younger than yours. Yours should be in a museum.” He is standing in the half dark, half dressed, as he adjusts his green tie in the mirror, his shiny white small pants and white legs shine in the dark. He adds he is a busy leprechaun and no time for bed-making as he is doing important work.

She says, “doing nothing except making pots of gold…”

He says, “Getting no respect, I am going to down tools*.”

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*Cabeen caps are traditional, flat hats worn by Irish men that have a peak in the front with a fastener on it

*Down tools = Stop working (Rose states that phrase was “too Irish” for me.)

My thanks to Rose for this wee bit of Irish humor/dreamwork for St. Patrick’s Day. For more fun and insightful posts from Rose, check out her blog!

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Open Discussion: Who can write it better?


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Diversity Between the Pages

letstalkA couple of weeks ago, we started the discussion, Who should write ethnic characters? If you missed it, you can find it here. We started the discussion based off this article.

There’s a section in this article where a person states their opinion on minority writers becoming marginalized due to the rise of non-minority writers writing ethnic characters.

It’s an interesting perspective and one that speaks to centuries of hurt. After all, there was a time when minorities could not be published unless they established their own printing press.

Even today, there are authors who believe they can’t/won’t be published because of the color of the skin of their characters. So this begs the question: What is the difference in non-ethnic portrayal of ethnic characters and portrayals by ethnic ones?

Do you believe a non-minority writer can portray an ethnic character just as well as an ethnic writer…

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