Pole Bean and Sausage Ragu


1 cup trimmed Green & Violet Pole Beans
3/4 cup chopped Italian Peppers - long & skinny

Veggie Salsa

1.5 cup cooked black beans
1.5 cup cooked corn kernels
1.5 cup cooked peas
1 cup, or more, chopped tomato
5 green onions, chopped
Juice of one lime
1 T hot sauce, medium
Garlic, salt, peper and cilantro to taste

Refrigerate and allow the flavors to blend

Experiment! Try adding chopped carrots
IF no fresh peas available, use a can of LeSueur early peas
IF no fresh corn available, use a can of shoe peg or white corn
Submitted by Elizabeth Sims

Winter Greens Gratin


winter greens (enough to fill a large deep skillet)

chicken stock (about a cup)

1/4 onion

1 clove garlic

olive oil

salt and pepper

2/3 c grated parmesan (divided use)

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

Pick a variety of greens-I used bunches of mustard greens, collards, spinash and a red lettuce. Wash very thoroughly by immersing 4-5 times in cold water, then rinsing. Finally spin in salad spinner until dry. Chop very roughly so will fit into a suitable deep skillet. cover bottom of skillet with half an inch of chicken stock (I used nonfat). Simmer for 15 minutes until wilted but not overcooked. Strain. Preheat broiler. Chop more finely when cool enough to handle. Chop 1/4 onion and the garlic, and saute in a tablespoon of olive oil. Add to chopped greens. Add 1/3 cup of parmesan to greens and stir. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add vinegar. Spray a suitable size gratin or casserole dish w/nonstick spray (size will vary on amount of greens). Place greens in dish and sprinkle remaining parmesan on top. Place under broiler until browned. Serve as a side dish.

Chrissy's Sangria

Chrissy served us this sangria recently, and it was mui delicioso!

"Here's my variation of sangria...

Empty one bottle of cabernet sauvignon wine into a pitcher.
Thinly slice an orange, lemon & lime & put into the pitcher with the wine.
Squeeze one lemon, one lime & orange into a separate cup & strain of seeds & pulp.
Pour juice into the pitcher.
Add 1 1/2 cups of brandy into pitcher.
Stir everything, cover & put in refridgerator over night
Add 2 cans of ginger ale before serving.
Stir & pour over ice.