Homemade Sage Sausage

I wanted to make this Classic Sage and Sausage stuffing recipe from Serious Eats. 

But I only could find Italian sausage.   So I combined a recipe by Bobby Flay with a recipe from the Red Cook to come up with the following, which is pretty good!  

Bobby Flay's

The Red Kitchen's

Mine below:

Homemade Sage Sausage Patties

1/4 cup minced onion
1 teaspoon fresh minced sage
Olive oil 1-2 tablespoon
2 teaspoons dried sage 
2 teaspoons salt 
1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons Hungarian paprika
1 pinch ground cloves (optional, but a nice addition)
2 pounds ground pork (or substitute one pound with ground turkey)

In a large bowl, combine dried sage, salt, pepper,  brown sugar, crushed red pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika and cloves. 

Heat oil in skillet, add fresh sage and onion and saute till onion is tender and translucent.  Add to spice mixture in bowl.  Mix well.  Let cool for 5 minutes.

Add the meat a handful at a time to the spice mixture, mixing well so that the spices are evenly mixed with the meat.  Let sit for 5 minutes to overnight in the fridge.

Form thin patties of desired size.  heat oil over medium high heat.  Add patties, cooking til golden brown on each side.  Reduce the heat, cover, and continue cooking until just cooked through.  Be sure center is done.  

One Seam at a Time

A creative friend reminded me recently that a bucket is filled one drop at a time. A pattern is designed one change at a time.    In working on the Philadelphia Sheppard Baby pattern, I am trying to get the head shape and size right.  I  am on my 5th head version (above is No. 3). With each version, I try to only make one change, so that I can revert to the previous version if I don't like how it looks.

One drop (one Seam?) at a time. 

I Was Tempted

I needed to make a lot of cookies for a soccer banquet.  I left the room to return and find my oldest son with a cookie in each hand.

"I was tempted," he said. 

Mr. Darcy

At the end of a long day, I enjoy putting on headphones, shutting out the world and watching Jane Austen movies.  My favorite is Pride and Prejudice.  Last year I saw this little miniature for sale at a nearby auction.  Don't you think he is a good likeness for Mr. Darcy?  I wish I had bought him!

An Early Dixie Redmond Doll

Back in 2007, when I was a fairly new doll maker, I made this Izannah Walker inspired doll, which is now being sold on Ebay. It was one of my first attempts at making a clay over cloth doll and maybe my second or third attempt at an Izannah doll.  Ah, the beginning of a quest!  You can see more of the images from 2007 here:  http://www.northdixiedesigns.com/2007/10/big-izzy-update.html

In the past seven years I have become a better sculptor and painter.  But the path to being better was through making these early works.  The last time one of my early dolls showed up on Ebay I bought it, thinking I would resculpt it.  But I can't afford to keep doing that.  ;-).  

This doll is BIG, close to 30"!  If you're interested in the Ebay auction, you can view that at this link:

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden


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