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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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 Smothered Onions and Tomatoes


I've come, finally, to another opportunity to dip into my supply of Marcella's special sweet pork sausage for an Essentials assignment. Dan kept following his nose into the kitchen until I finally suggested that he just to pour the wine and stay.

The simple instructions call for a large quantity of sliced onion, softened and then browned to a dark golden color. Chopped tomatoes are added. After some cozy time together in the pan, the onions and tomatoes were joined by the peppers and sausage.


I may be a bit dyslexic. I saw the word 'and' where Marcella clearly wrote the word 'or'. As a result I had peeled and sliced both a yellow and a red sweet bell pepper before I realized my mistake. So, I used them both. A bit more pepper than the recipe called for, but I love peppers.


The obvious way to serve this rustic dish is with the perfect comfort food. I sliced the sausage links and arranged them around a mold of polenta, then topped it all with the onion, tomato, and peppers.


We enjoyed our dinner with some equally rustic Vinho Tinto from Portugal's Douro region.

Comments (3)


This is the last straw. I'm moving in.

comfort food indeedy!!


Deborah responds: LOL, Mindy! You know the guest room is always waiting for my ST Buds!!!

Yes, comfort food indeed!

Deborah, I think it is really pretty using both the red and yellow peppers, great job!

Marcella Hazan:

What seduction in those photographs, Deborah. They look as good as are the aromas that rise from that dish. I know them well and I don't wonder Dan couldn't keep away. One of our graphically talented Pomodori should design an award to be presented to you for having pursued and captured the elusive salsicce sale e pepe.

Deborah responds:
Marcella, so happy you and Victor and your computer are back in action! We all missed you very much.

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