About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

About Cindy

Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Pork Sausages with Red Wine and Porcini Mushrooms


Today's recipe is Pork Sausages with Red Wine and Porcini Mushrooms. I don't cook or eat sausages very often. While they might taste good, they are often very fatty, and just not worth the calories that they contain. If you're in the mood for sausages, and want to try a really good recipe, then try this one.

Both my husband and I love porcini mushrooms. On our trip to Italy this fall, we brought back a couple of bags of really nice, large, high-quality ones that I was anxious to use. They were perfect in this dish.

The recipe calls for mild pork sausage, containing no herbs or strong spices. You know, the kind that you just can't seem to find in America. I used a sausage that was made fresh from a local place that makes sausages, but they did contain spices. Quite a bit of paprika, unfortunately. But you make do with what you can...

You brown the sausages well in olive oil. Then you add some red wine, and cook until the wine is evaporated. You then add reconstituted porcini mushrooms, along with the liquid they were soaking in (which you've strained several times to get out the grit that's always there). After this is added, you slowly simmer until the liquid has evaporated. That's it! It couldn't be any easier. I served mine over mashed potatoes. What a very good, comforting meal this was. Thanks, Marcella, for another simple, but delicious recipe to try.

Comments (2)

Cindy, this looks great! How wonderful to use the porcini you brought home from Italy.

We make this a lot, serving it over polenta. The mashed potatoes sound divine, I must try that next time.

Susie-I thought of serving it with polenta, but didn't have any on hand. It is nice to use things you brought back from Italy.

Marcella Hazan:

The very meaty fragrant porcini you buy in Italy seem to be close to unobtainable here. Although that is no reason not use what you can find, because even lesser porcini have a lot of aroma.

Cindy, when you brown sausages, nearly all the fat melts away. What you are eating is not any fatter than a good marbled roast or steak, and much tastier.

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