Monday, April 25, 2011

A Recipe: Date Night Dinner

So Saturday night I drove to Fort Bragg to see James, as usual. We typically go out for dinner every time we are together, but I decided this weekend that we should do something healthier and more personal: cook dinner ourselves! So off to the Commissary we went, and we piddled around trying to find something yummy to cook... I prefer to do things from scratch, so it was a bit different than going in and picking up a TV dinner for each of us.

After looking around a while, we settled on a sausage-veggie meal, and went searching for things to add to our concoction. It turned out so well that I thought I would share it with everyone! We didn't measure anything out, it is all based on your personal preference... it's kind of a do-it-as-you-go recipe.

-1 package kielbasa sausage
-1 onion
-3 large carrots
-Garlic/Basil seasoning (we found a special thing of it where the two were combined)
-White rice (optional- potatoes AND rice? James's idea)
-Eight new potatoes
-Salt (optional, we didn't use, but wish that we had)

1. Wash and chop carrots and new potatoes into medium sized pieces.
2. In small pot, combine carrots and new potatoes. Cover with water. Bring water to a boil. Allow to cook  for around 10 minutes or until carrots and potatoes are soft.
3. Chop up 1/2 of onion (we did half, looking back now I would've done more, but I am crazy about onions- James said that what we used was just enough) into fine pieces.
4. Cut sausage up into medium sized pieces (or however big or small you want them!). Combine onion and sausage in frying pan. Using water as a base, saute the sausage and onion until brown. Add garlic/basil, pepper, and salt according to preference.
5. Prepare rice (optional)
6. Drain carrots/potatoes AND sausage/onions. Combine both in pot. Add rice (optional).

We ate this lovely "wing it" meal by candlelight in the barracks. It was wonderful. We had buttery croissants and cream-filled french twists to accompany our sausage concoction, and had a wonderful time making and eating it! My primary reason for recording the recipe is so that we can make it again. I hope that it helps someone else out, too!

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