Hungarian Kolbasz

Hungarian Kolbasz is a pork sausage loaded with paprika and garlic and allspice. The word looks very similar to Kielbasa that most people are more familiar with or Kovabaca in Ukranian. Each region of Eastern Europe has their own version with a slightly different spelling and spice combination.

Hungarian Kolbasz

This recipe is from my husband’s grandfather. And it is marvelous!

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Simple and Healthy Spring Brunch Menu plus Tasty Tuesdays Link Up

Spring is a wonderful time for brunch, whether it is for Easter or Mother’s Day or just because it is Spring and the weather is getting beautiful.

I have selected some of our favorite recipes that would make a wonderful late morning meal. And all are both simple to make and healthy (at least healthier). The most complicated technique in all of these recipes is one involves separating eggs. That’s it.

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Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Puff

It’s the 20th of the month which means it is time for the Crazy Ingredient Challenge, when a bunch of bloggers pick two ingredients and try to come up with a recipe for them. This month we chose Cauliflower and Cheese.

Oh joy!

If you are a cauliflower lover you are excited. If you don’t particularly care for it, you probably read that comment with a note of sarcasm.

I am definitely the latter. Seriously, I almost considered skipping this month. But, I couldn’t wimp out on you like that.  And I am so glad I didn’t, because I wound up making this Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Puff that would be great for breakfast, a brunch (hint Easter and Mother’s Day are coming up) or a meatless lunch or dinner.

Cauliflower and Cheese Puff

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Dinosaur Track Snacks – Tasty Tuesdays Link Up

It has been beautiful outside lately and my garden has been calling me to come play. I just don’t feel like sitting inside and blogging, so I recruited someone to do a guest post today: my favorite soon to be seven year old sous chef, a.k.a. my son, the one and only  “J-man”.

Not only did he read the recipe, gather the ingredients and make these Dinosaur Track Snacks all by himself (I got to take down the peanut butter from the top shelf) he wrote out the instructions so everyone can make them.

Dinosaur Tracks Snacks

We got the recipe from A Dinosaur Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Kids (First Cookbooks)by Sarah L. Schuette that we checked out from our local library.

This mom’s review: the book is cute, great photos and recipes but there are only about 10 of them. Check it out from the library or buy used.

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Pizza Cookie

Tuesday was my son’s aide’s birthday. Considering J’s well known obsession with all things Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I thought it would be fun to make a Pepperoni Jalapeno and Jelly Bean Pizza with Anchovies that would make Mikey drool (reference the Parasitica episode of the 2012 series).

TMNT Cookie Pizza

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Sage Pork and Potato Bake plus Tasty Tuesdays Linkup

Necessity is the mother of invention and that plus laziness is the mother of this recipe. I wanted something simple for dinner with what we had in the kitchen so I started rummaging through the kitchen to see what I could put together.

I found a pork loin, an apple and some potatoes. BINGO! An onion, fresh sage from the garden and the usual EVOOS&PTT (extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste) and dinner was in the making: Sage Pork and Potato Bake.

Easy Sage Pork and Potato Bake

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Irish Oatmeal Lace Cookies – Fill the Cookie Jar

Irish Oatmeal Lace cookiesIf you are looking for a simple crunchy cookie with a heavenly caramel taste, have I got a cookie for you: Irish Oatmeal Lace Cookies.

For this month’s Fill the Cookie Jar post the theme was Irish or Green. I choose these simple cookies because I’d just posted about the Lemon Basil Shortbread cookies a few weeks ago and I thought going to shortbread again might be too soon.

Are these traditional Irish in origin? I have no idea. But, since I just got me Ancestry DNA test results that say I am 31% Irish, you can safely say these cookies are too. Or use Irish butter and oats to make them even more so.

When you look at the ingredients you might notice there is too little flour in these. The butter and brown sugar melt together and the little amount of flour just holds the oats together.  Just use gluten-free oats and flour and these are a simple gluten-free cookie as well.

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Top Meatless Meals from February – Tasty Tuesdays Linky

I am always looking for new meatless meals, especially this time of year. One can only serve fish sticks and/or bean and cheese burritos so many Fridays during Lent before there is a revolt.

Luckily last month the Tasty Tuesdays Contributors had some great ideas to inspire me.

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Spicy Sage Breakfast Sausage

When I tell people I made my own sausage they are awed. Sshhh! Sausage is nothing more than ground meat and spices. But isn’t the stuffing them in casings part hard? I have no idea. I didn’t have casings to try so I made this Spicy Sage Breakfast Sausage without them. Shape them into patties or crumble it up in a skillet to mix in a recipe and you are good to go.

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Light Carrot Cake plus Tasty Tuesdays Link Up

Light Carrot Cake with Pineapple Cream Cheese IcingOut of the blue J walked out of class one afternoon and immediately asked if we could make carrot cake. I was exhausted, but carrot cake is my favorite so it didn’t take much to convince me.

I pulled out a recipe I’d created awhile ago from a combination of recipes so I could update the photos and put it in the new recipe format.

We had all of the ingredients except coconut, which J doesn’t like anyway. Usually he doesn’t like nuts either, so I planned on just adding them to some. But when he saw them on the counter he insisted on putting them in all of them. Twist my arm.

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